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Recap your 2013 Instagram moments with Statigram

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2013 has come to a close, and there are media recaps of 2013 all over the media landscape. Well, if you’re on Instagram, you can do the same with a video snapshot of your “best” 2013 moments from the past year. You can do this using the online service Statigram. With Statigram businesses and ego driven individuals can use Statigram to track and manage their Instagram analytics with the Statigram service. Statigram can give you the numbers on how many followers you have, how many likes you get, and can even let you know when would be the best time to post new photos based on your likes and hashtags. If you’re a business big or small, this is great information for your social media marketing campaigns on Instagram. However, many Instagram users aren't aware that the Statigram service exists. But it’s a free service that’s available to all Instagram users. Here’s how it works.

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First, sign in to Statigram with your Instagram ID. Once Statigram and Instagram are synced all of the analytics of your account are presented to you in the web sites menu tabs. To create a video snapshot of your 2013 activity, simply click the Snapshot link tab. Once there you can select a myriad of different snapshots to be emailed to you. For now, just click on the Video Snapshot “Send” button and Statigram will create a video based on your most Liked and Commented photos. You will receive the email from Statigram with your video file. Now simply download the attachment to your computer or mobile device. I recommend downloading to all your devices. Once you have your video, upload it back to Instagram and any of your other social media networks, and let your social community know what you've been up to in 2013.

Okay, well what happens when it’s not the end of the year and you want to create a video of your Instagram images or others images you've captured? Plus, with the Statigram service all the videos look pretty similar. So what if you want something a little more personal? Then check out Flipagram. Flipagram allows a little more flexibility. It lets you create those 15 second videos for Instagram, but it also allows you to create video s from stills that are longer. Here’s how it works.

First, connect to Flipagram by downloading the free app for iOS or Android (phones only with Android). Then connect to your Instagram account through the app. The rest is pretty straight forward. You have the choice of using photos from Instagram or your camera roll/gallery. Next select the images you want for your video. Now choose the music you want to use, either from your device or the Cloud. You can control the start point of the audio file for your video. This task will probably take the most time if using music straight from your device. With a little planning, however, you can mix your audio before hand, then save that 15 sec music file for a Instagram video or whatever length your video will be for a Flipagram video.

There’s technically no image limit, but the more images you use plus sound the longer it will take to process. Also note that while this processing is happening in the background it’s intensive, so using your device for anything else may interrupt the processing. When Flipagram is finished you can share it to Instagram or any of your social networks. The video file is saved inside of the app to be shared to other networks later. The file will also be saved in your video gallery on your device.

So go ahead and recap those fabulous 2013 photo moments. While I'm not an Instagram superstar, checkout my video here, http://bit.ly/jginsta-vid1. You can watch my Flipagram example in the YouTube video that accompanies this article, you can look at the original square crop here, http://bit.ly/jgflip1. Have fun making your own!

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