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#poetsagainstplagiarism

Poets on Instagram are taking a stand for creativity and the protection of intellectual property. Led by the Writers Universe, poets and writers from all over the globe are making it known that plagiarism is not acceptable. Why is it happening? Plagiarism is not a new phenomenon, and given the ease of access to new material, and the ease of reposting it, it is no surprise that it is happening on Instagram too. What is surprising however is how often plagiarism is occurring. After discussing plagiarism with members of the community it became clear that many see the issue as a high priority for feature page owners. One community member described plagiarism as being “rampant” and shared that they had been affected by it on more than one occasion. It is so pervasive that our magazine even had a submission on Instagram that had been plagiarised from one of our…

Keeping Your Account Safe from Hacking

It was a cool morning in November, 2016, Aishanee woke and checked her Instagram account as she normally did. She had been using her account, nicknamed the Ink Alcove, to post her poetry for almost a year and had over 500 followers. Later that day she received an automated message from Instagram telling her that she had successfully changed her password. Alarmed, she quickly clicked on the Instagram app to find that she could no longer access her account and that all of the poetry she had created and the connections she had made, had been stolen. Like thousands of others, Aishanee lost her Instagram account to hackers. The knowledge that her account had been hacked left her feeling “bad and sad.” A sentiment that has been experienced by many who have been victims of hacking. Unfortunately, hacking is not a new problem on Instagram. There are many ways that…

#IGPoetSecretSanta ǀ Give the Gift of Poetry

We believe in the power of poetry to surprise and delight. We believe in the magic of poetry. We believe in the power of poetry to surprise and delight. We also believe that poetry should be shared, and shared widely.  This is the essence of the #IGPoetSecretSanta challenge. This week we are asking poets everywhere to write an uplifting, inspiring and positive work and to gift it to a stranger for the holiday season. To participate all you need to do is write a poem that fits the theme, print it on paper and then leave that poem somewhere that it will be found.  This could be on a table at a coffee shop, on a seat on a bus or train, inside the pages of a book or magazine, on the desk of a colleague, or in a neighbors letterbox. Let your creativity guide you! To participate online, take a photo…

The Instagram Poets Toolkit

You’ve been writing poetry for years and now it’s time to unleash your words on the world! But you aren’t quite sure how to put it all together, so that it is attractive and easy to read. To help you we’ve complied a list of methods, apps and sites utilized by the community. This is designed to be a jumping off point for those new to Instagram. We know that there are many other applications available, with varying degrees of complexity, so feel free to leave us a comment if you think that we have missed something. This information was kindly volunteered by the members of the Her Heart Poetry Community, and are currently being used to post to Instagram. Words Fontcandy InstaQuote Textgram Fotor TextonPS Phonto Pro-Tip: For intricate and complex work, you can also create your posts in InDesign, Publisher, PowerPoint and other design based software. Then you…

Mirakee = Miracle?

“The most exciting social network for poets and writers…” or so the adverts keep telling me. After seeing that familiar purple background on a number of feeds, Her Heart jumped into action and downloaded the Mirkee app ǀ @mirakeeapp so that we could give you our thoughts. Pros Very Easy to Use The interface of this app is very easy. The entire process to post has been streamlined and getting your words on a post, and then setting it to your requirements can be done quickly with little or no hassle. There are a variety of font and background colour options and preset combinations to choose from. It is very intuitive and you can be up and running within minutes. Potential Early Adopter Benefits It already has 10,000+ downloads. The potential for early adopter benefits are huge with such a new application. If this survives it’s first year, there is…

Her Heart’s Guide to a Great Instagram Poetry Account

On our journey through the Instapoet community we have seen some of the best Instagram poetry accounts on offer. With our suitcase of stanzas packed to the brim here are our top 10 tips for creating a great Instagram poetry account: 1. Find your authentic voice It has been our experience that the accounts that do well, and this is both in terms of follower numbers and engagement, are those that are written with an authentic voice. It is clear from the work that the poet knows who they are and what they represent. They have a point of view and this makes them stand out from the crowd. Begin your journey by finding your authentic voice. 2. Create a Style and Theme The accounts that stay with us are normally those that have a consistent theme and a signature style. It might be a style of font, a series of…