Up-and-coming Influencers take a short-cut with third-party Instagram profile-growth services

You have heard of Influencers taking over the millennial work-force. They’re basically internet promoters – from foodie’s, make-up tutorials, fitness geeks, DIY, there’s a niche for everything. They build an audience by consistently producing quick, easily digestible content for their viewers to absorb in (usually) 10 seconds or less. They distribute that content on their respective platforms and generate money the same way any media business does – through sponsorships and endorsements.

With the low start-up costs (for some it’s $0) the field is saturated like no other. With all the noise in this market, the birth of profile growth specialists has arrived. These specialists deliver organic growth to aspiring Influencers. Commonly named businesses who make a profit on growing Instagram profiles is Kicksta (kicksta.co) and Instazood (Instazood.com). But a new-comer in the market is making a splash – Select Influencer (selectinfluencer.com).

Their website reads “Your profile will receive real likes and followers from real accounts. Other services may use fake accounts that can ghost and take your likes and follows with them. But our in-house panels are groups of real accounts who are interested in your specific niche.”

Select Influencer sets itself apart by hitting Instagram from every angle (in a good way). Their product is made up of two services: Auto-Engage and Auto-Like. We could try to explain the two services… but honestly, their How It Works page already does it so well:

With Auto-Engage, we actively interact with those in your specified niche, industry and/or location. Imagine being able to find thousands of profiles in your area of specialty in seconds, and sending them likes and comments. In turn, they are more likely to follow you.

With Auto-Like, we work with Instagram’s Discovery algorithm to get your posts featured on the Explore page to reach thousands more who are interested in your specific niche. This happens when our in-house network sees your post and likes it, which is done in a way that drips the likes over time in order to get your post picked up.

That’s Select Influencer in a nutshell.

They seem to be a well kept secret because we could not find much information other than what’s listed on their website. After several days of digging, I found a landing page with quotes from their founder, Alex Tric.

Here’s what it said:

After searching for a way to drive organic growth to my Instagram profile, I was not satisfied with the services currently on the market – followers would eventually ghost, falling short of long term value. 

In 2014, I decided to create my own. Partnering with the best developers in New York, we implemented traditional tactics I learned as a successful media professional and music promoter, and retrofitted those tactics with the Instagram algorithm. Five years later, SelectInfluencer.com was born.

We were not able to contact Mr. Tric for a comment.

Posted On 03 Jun 2019

“Standing Ovation” – Oprah Winfrey praises young actor Jharrel Jerome in Ava DuVernay’s ‘When They See Us’

Entertainment News  "Standing Ovation" - Oprah Winfrey praises young actor Jharrel Jerome in Ava DuVernay's 'When They See Us' https://linewsradio.com/standing-ovation-oprah-winfrey-praises-young-actor-jharrel-jerome-in-ava-duvernays-when-they-see-us/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/

 

Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Oprah Winfrey was one of the many celebrities who had plenty of praise for filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s Netflix series on the Central Park Five, When They See Us.

In an Instagram post Sunday, Winfrey posted a image of Jharrel Jerome, the young actor who plays a young Korey Wise, one of the young men accused of rape and assault in the Central Park jogger case in 1989.

“Have you all seen @whentheyseeus pt 4?,” Winfrey wrote, referring to the last episode of the limited series. “Can we all stand up and give @jharreljerome a round of applause. Incredible performance #standingovation.”

In the comments, many fans agreed with the media mogul’s reaction to the series and Jerome’s performance. The young actor also commented on the post, sharing a heartfelt reaction. 

“No words can describe the feeling I feel while seeing this post right now,” Jerome wrote. “Thank you so much, Oprah. From the bottom of my heart. You have inspired my family and I, and have taught us how to love and overcome.”

He continued, “For my work to deserve a standing ovation from you is UNBELIEVABLE. Okay. Im gonna go cry and tell my mom now.”

When They See Us is based on the true story of five teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a woman while she was jogging in New York’s Central Park.  The series documents each teen beginning in spring 1989, when they were first questioned, to 2014, when they were exonerated.

When They See Us is now available on Netflix.

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Posted On 03 Jun 2019

First look at the US aircraft carrier rushed to the Middle East to deter Iran

WORLD NEWS First look at the US aircraft carrier rushed to the Middle East to deter Iran  https://linewsradio.com/first-look-at-the-us-aircraft-carrier-rushed-to-the-middle-east-to-deter-iran/  http://abcnewsradioonline.com/world-news/

Brian M. Wilbur/U.S. Naval Forces(WASHINGTON) — The USS Abraham Lincoln is currently the most-watched aircraft carrier in the world. Since its expedited deployment to the Middle East last month, the ship has become the focal point of tense U.S.-Iran relations.

The Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force of B-52s were deployed to the region in response to U.S. intelligence that indicated Iran or its proxies were planning to attack U.S. forces and interests in Iraq and Syria, as well as at sea.

ABC News was among the first group of media outlets permitted aboard the ship since its arrival in the Middle East, getting a first-hand look at operations that U.S. officials say have deterred Tehran from direct attacks against American interests.

“I’m just here to do what has been asked of me and that is to deter Iranian aggression, ensure free flow of commerce through the important strait and narrow waterways, and then to ensure that our forces are protected and defended if required,” said Adm. John Wade, commander of Strike Group 12.

“The threats are credible, and that’s why we are here,” Wade told ABC News.

On Saturday, the Lincoln carried out joint exercises with a B-52 bomber and F/A-18s from the carrier. The bomber is one of four that the U.S. deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar as part of the mission to deter Iran, along with 1,500 additional U.S. troops and Patriot missile batteries.

Navy officials would not reveal to ABC News how close the carrier was to Iranian shores, but the Lincoln’s commanding officer, Capt. Putnam Browne, said the ship was “close enough” to provide a presence without threatening Tehran.

It also remains to be seen whether the carrier will transit through the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

“Anytime you go through the straits you have higher levels of security, any straits. So we would elevate our level of security,” Browne said.

But he added that Iranian forces have been “fairly professional in the last couple of years” which he expects to continue “should and if” the Lincoln goes through the straits into the Persian Gulf.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, nearly $20 million barrels of oil pass through the Strait of Hormuz every day and keeping the waterway open and navigable is a top priority for the U.S. Navy.

In the past, Iranian gunboats have shadowed American ships as they pass through the strait — which at its narrowest points can be just 2 miles across.

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Posted On 03 Jun 2019

Teen’s leg amputated after North Carolina shark attack: ‘I will continue to stay positive’

Eifel Kreutz/iStock(ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C.) — A 17-year-old girl whose leg was amputated after a shark attack is vowing to remain “positive and be thankful that it was not worse.”

Paige Winter, who was attacked in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, on Sunday, said in a statement on Monday, “Although I have extensive injuries, including an amputated leg and damage to my hands, I will be okay.”

“I know I have a long road to recovery, which includes additional surgeries,” Winter said in the statement released by the Vidant Medical Center. “I will continue to stay positive and be thankful that it was not worse.”

Paramedics responded to the Fort Macon State Park just after noon on Sunday, finding the teen with deep lacerations to her leg, pelvic and hand areas, said the Atlantic Beach Fire Department.

The hospital on Sunday said the teen was in good condition.

“Despite this unfortunate circumstance, Paige is an unwavering advocate for the marine life and the animals who live in the water,” hospital officials said in a statement on Sunday. “She wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety.”

Winter’s attack came days after a 65-year-old California doctor was killed by a shark while swimming in Hawaii.

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Kevin Spacey could face sex assault trial in October

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Kevin Spacey and attorney Alan Jackson; Nicole Harnishfeger-Pool/Getty Images(NANTUCKET) — Despite urging from his attorney for a speedier trial, Kevin Spacey will have his day in court over a sexual assault charge no earlier than October.

The trial stems from the accusations of a then-18-year-old busboy, who accused the Oscar winner of plying him with alcohol and groping him back in 2016.

In a Nantucket Island courtroom Monday morning, Judge Thomas Barrett declared that there was no logistical way for the ousted House of Cards star could have a trial before the fall. “It’s difficult enough to get accommodations on this island any time in June, July or August,” said Judge Barrett, according to Variety. “It’s not happening in August. October, November, that’s what you’re looking at.”

Though he wasn’t required to, Spacey appeared in court and heard the bad news in person.

“Every day that this goes on without resolution is a day that he suffers,” said Spacey’s attorney, Alan Jackson. “This is a ridiculous case and they shouldn’t have filed it to begin with.”  His lawyers also called the groping allegations “patently false.”

Spacey’s camp has accused the alleged victim’s mother, former Boston TV news anchor Heather Unruh, of deleting text messages that allegedly prove the actor’s innocence.  The district attorney disagreed, insisting the alleged victim had provided all of the information they required.

In January, 59-year-old Spacey pleaded not guilty to a charge of indecent assault and battery.  He faces 2 1/2 years in jail if convicted.

Spacey was terminated from House of Cards in 2017 after actor Anthony Rapp accused him of making sexual advances on him when the Rent star was just 14.  Since then, other young men have come forward — including at least 20 at London’s famed Old Vic Theatre alone — accusing Spacey of acting inappropriately and worse.

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Posted On 03 Jun 2019

From ‘Endgame’ to card game: Joe and Anthony Russo deal ‘Magic: The Gathering’ adaptation for Netflix

Entertainment News  From 'Endgame' to card game: Joe and Anthony Russo deal 'Magic: The Gathering' adaptation for Netflix https://linewsradio.com/from-endgame-to-card-game-joe-and-anthony-russo-deal-magic-the-gathering-adaptation-for-netflix/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/

 

L-R Anthony Russo, Joe Russo/ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed four Marvel blockbusters, including the most recent, Avengers: Endgame, are adapting the popular card-based adventure game Magic: The Gathering into an animated series for Netflix.

ABC Radio has learned that the pair will produce the project along with Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast, both of which publish the game. Henry Gilroy of Star Wars: Rebels fame, along with Jose Molina will executive produce and co-write the series.

“We have been huge fans and players of Magic: The Gathering for as long as it has been around, so being able to help bring these stories to life through animation is a true passion project for us,” said Joe and Anthony Russo in a statement.

The Russos will, oversee the creation of an all-new storyline and expand on the stories of the Planeswalkers, the heroes and villains of the Magic game.  

Created in 1993, the table-top game has a worldwide following.  It’s been translated into 11 languages and has fans in 70 countries.

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Posted On 03 Jun 2019

American couple dies in Dominican Republic hotel of respiratory failure: Officials

WORLD NEWS American couple dies in Dominican Republic hotel of respiratory failure: Officials  https://linewsradio.com/american-couple-dies-in-dominican-republic-hotel-of-respiratory-failure-officials-2/  http://abcnewsradioonline.com/world-news/

valio84sl/iStock(SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS, Dominican Republic) — An American couple vacationing in the Dominican Republic died of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, according to officials.

Edward Nathael Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, were found dead Thursday in their hotel room in San Pedro de Macorís, on the southeast coast of the country, according to the Dominican Republic National Police.

They arrived at the hotel on May 25 and were scheduled to depart on Thursday, police said.

Several bottles of medicine used to treat high blood pressure were found in the couple’s room, according to authorities.

Their cause of death was determined by autopsies performed at the Regional Institute of Forensic Sciences, police said. Officials are awaiting the toxicology and histopathology results.

The couple was from Prince George’s County in Maryland, according to Washington, D.C., ABC affiliate WJLA.

Photos that Holmes posted to Facebook on Tuesday show the couple beaming as they enjoyed an excursion out on the open water. “Boat ride of a lifetime!!!” reads the caption.

They were staying at the Bahía Príncipe hotel at the Playa Nueva Romana resort, Domincan Today reported. Their bodies showed no signs of violence, according to the local news outlet.

The U.S. Department of State confirmed the couple’s deaths in a statement to ABC News.

“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss,” a State Department official said. “We are in close contact with local authorities regarding their investigation into the cause of death. We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance. The U.S. Department of State and our embassies and consulates abroad have no greater responsibility than the protection of U.S. citizens overseas. Out of respect to the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment.”

The news of the couple’s death comes days after a Delaware woman described how she was brutally attacked by a man at her resort in Punta Cana six months ago.

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Posted On 03 Jun 2019

American couple dies in Dominican Republic hotel of respiratory failure: Officials

valio84sl/iStock(SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS, Dominican Republic) — An American couple vacationing in the Dominican Republic died of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, according to officials.

Edward Nathael Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, were found dead Thursday in their hotel room in San Pedro de Macorís, on the southeast coast of the country, according to the Dominican Republic National Police.

They arrived at the hotel on May 25 and were scheduled to depart on Thursday, police said.

Several bottles of medicine used to treat high blood pressure were found in the couple’s room, according to authorities.

Their cause of death was determined by autopsies performed at the Regional Institute of Forensic Sciences, police said. Officials are awaiting the toxicology and histopathology results.

The couple was from Prince George’s County in Maryland, according to Washington, D.C., ABC affiliate WJLA.

Photos that Holmes posted to Facebook on Tuesday show the couple beaming as they enjoyed an excursion out on the open water. “Boat ride of a lifetime!!!” reads the caption.

They were staying at the Bahía Príncipe hotel at the Playa Nueva Romana resort, Domincan Today reported. Their bodies showed no signs of violence, according to the local news outlet.

The U.S. Department of State confirmed the couple’s deaths in a statement to ABC News.

“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss,” a State Department official said. “We are in close contact with local authorities regarding their investigation into the cause of death. We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance. The U.S. Department of State and our embassies and consulates abroad have no greater responsibility than the protection of U.S. citizens overseas. Out of respect to the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment.”

The news of the couple’s death comes days after a Delaware woman described how she was brutally attacked by a man at her resort in Punta Cana six months ago.

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Posted On 03 Jun 2019

Is James Holzhauer’s winning streak in ‘Jeopardy!’ over?

Entertainment News  Is James Holzhauer's winning streak in 'Jeopardy!' over? https://linewsradio.com/is-james-holzhauers-winning-streak-in-jeopardy-over/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/

 

Jeopardy! Productions(LOS ANGELES) — (SPOILER ALERT) Footage that’s making the rounds online seems to show that the record-breaking run by James Holzhauer, the current Jeopardy! champ, ends tonight.

Following 32 straight wins, Holzhauer apparently was dethroned by librarian Emma Boettcher when the pair both correctly answered the Final Jeopardy question.

Professional gambler Holzhauer was one game away from toppling Ken Jennings’ longstanding $2.5 million record.  According to The New York Times, Holzhauer ended his run just $58,484 shy of Jennings’ highwater mark.

Aggressive wagering was part of Holzhauer’s winning formula, though Boettcher simply kept up with him during the game and out-bet him in the end.

The New York Times reports Holzhauer wasn’t discouraged by his defeat. “Nobody likes to lose. But I’m very proud of how I did, and I really exceeded my own expectations for the show,” he said. “So I don’t feel bad about it.”

The gambler, who high-fived Boettcher after her win, also noted, “I lost to a really top-level competitor. She played a perfect game. And that was what it took to beat me.”

The Jeopardy! installment airs Monday night in most markets.

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Posted On 03 Jun 2019

Is James Holzhauer’s winning streak in ‘Jeopardy!’?

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Jeopardy! Productions(LOS ANGELES) — (SPOILER ALERT) Footage that’s making the rounds online seems to show that the record-breaking run by James Holzhauer, the current Jeopardy! champ, ends tonight.

Following 32 straight wins, Holzhauer apparently was dethroned by librarian Emma Boettcher when the pair both correctly answered the Final Jeopardy question.

Professional gambler Holzhauer was one game away from toppling Ken Jennings’ longstanding $2.5 million record.  According to The New York Times, Holzhauer ended his run just $58,484 shy of Jennings’ highwater mark.

Aggressive wagering was part of Holzhauer’s winning formula, though Boettcher simply kept up with him during the game and out-bet him in the end.

The New York Times reports Holzhauer wasn’t discouraged by his defeat. “Nobody likes to lose. But I’m very proud of how I did, and I really exceeded my own expectations for the show,” he said. “So I don’t feel bad about it.”

The gambler, who high-fived Boettcher after her win, also noted, “I lost to a really top-level competitor. She played a perfect game. And that was what it took to beat me.”

The Jeopardy! installment airs Monday night in most markets.

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Posted On 03 Jun 2019