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31 December 2019 20:38

Instagram Instagram Instagram Top 9

Create your Top 9 on Instagram to share your most liked images of the last year If you're scrolling jealously through an Instagram feed filled with picture-packed collages of the nine most-liked photos from someone's last year on the social media platform – then don't worry, we can teach you how to create and share exactly the same thing! Bucket loads of social media users, from A-list to D-list celebrities as well as friends and family, have been sharing the collages of their most popular shots from the last twelve months with the social hashtag #2019BestNine, #BestNine, #TopNine2019 or #TopNine. Last year, more than four million people ended up sharing the three-by-three grid of their most-liked shots by the time the New Year fireworks kicked-in. And according to developers behind the Top Nine collage, a total of 8,937,900 have already been generated and (presumably) shared with friends this year. But while the Instagram Best Nine – or Top Nine – has become a bit of an annual tradition on the social media site, it's not something that Instagram owners Facebook have built into the software.

Instead, you'll need a third-party app to rank your most liked shots and put them together in the single collage. In that way, it's very similar to the 2009 vs 2019 10-Year Challenge on Instagram that's also taking social media users by storm at the moment. How to create your Instagram Top Nine First up, you'll need to head to either TopNine.co and enter your Instagram username so the service can start finding your most-like shots. If you'd rather use the app, developer Beta Labs has also built a dedicated "Top Nine for Instagram 2019" app available for iOS and Android in the respective app stores. If you're using the website, you'll need to provide a valid email address.

That's because the service will send you the final product when it's done analysing all of your images and putting together the three-by-three-grid of your images. "Besides being the original Top Nine creators, security and privacy are two of the most important reasons why all celebrities and influencers choose us instead of all the existing clones", said Kevin Natanzon, founder of Beta Labs and creators of the Top Nine app. And it's true – last year alone, Top Nine was used by every celebrity sharing their top nine Instagram photo collage, including Nick Jonas, Kyle Jenner, among many others. Of course, there's nothing stopping you putting together a #TopNine2019 for someone else (as long as their profile page is set to public on Instagram) and ordering them a personalised product as a gift to celebrate the new year. If you have set your own Instagram account to private, you'll have to use the Best Nine app instead of the website to create your Top Nine.

Developer Beta Labs has introduced the ability to create a grid of your most-watched videos so those who favour videos over photos don't feel left out of the action this time around. Just like the #TopNine2019 grid, you can share the finished product direct to Instagram from within the app. You can create the fun collage on the website, iOS or Android app As 2019 comes to a close, your data has a lot to say about what the best moments were — at least according to your social media. On Instagram, a collage format called a "#Top9" or "#TopNine" has become a popular — i.e. viral — three-by-three grid design to display what your 2019 highlights were, based on which posts from the year got the highest engagement. Instagram itself does not generate this "best of" feature, so users must utilize third-party sites, including Top Nine — which will generate a grid based on account data for free, and without a watermark. "Millions of Instagram users, celebrities, and influencers share their Top Nine collage featuring their best nine Instagram photos of the year using the Top Nine app," hypes a press release from the company. Insta users with private accounts must download the TopNine.co app. Those with public accounts need only enter their Insta username and email to promptly receive their Top Nine grid. The company also offers a Top Nine video feature, which is free as well but, again, requires downloading the app. The company specifies that, even if Instagram users have deactivated their likes — a feature Instagram is increasingly rolling out — Top Nine can still determine which posts received the most engagement using a "very complex algorithm," which is not exclusively based on like counts. Other social networking services can be connected to Top Nine accounts, the company notes in its privacy policy, which also details how it processes data — and reassures users Top Nine will not access Instagram passwords. However, the company also published a warning against using "non-authentic clones," claiming some of these copycats can compromise users' Insta accounts. "Some [users] unknowingly download fakes thinking it's our app — and it's easy to think that any of the fake apps will work exactly the same, as long as they solve the problem of generating a collage with the best nine Instagram photos of 2019," the warning reads. Top Nine advises the public to make sure they are securely signing into Instagram.com — not some fake "phishing" site. "To ensure you're signing in securely, make sure you look at the web browser's address bar," the warning reads. "If you can't see the address bar, then it's better not to risk it using this app." Social media apps love offering year-end tools that allow users to see their most popular posts of the past 12 months. It's a fun way to look back on what we've said, done, and experienced online as the New Year approaches. Many apps, like Snapchat, offer their own year-end tools. Other social media giants, most notably Instagram, do not. But if you're an Instagram user, your timeline is probably inundated right now with people's collages of their Top 9 of 2019 posts. And you've likely encountered articles explaining how to create these year-end collages of your most popular Instagram posts. The original Top 9 app, created by a company called Beta Labs, debuted in 2015. It asks Instagram users to give Top 9 read-only access to their accounts in order to create a collage of their nine most-liked or most-interacted-with posts of the year. Some of these represent serious privacy and security risks to users. While Beta Labs asks users to log into their Instagram accounts in order to see their posts, it doesn't harvest or ask for their passwords, and doesn't have access to their photo libraries. But some of these Top 9 clones ask for direct access to your Instagram account. Yep–they ask for your password and sometimes even access to your entire photo library on your device. But the Top 9 clone problem has become so alarming that Beta Labs even posted a security warning about it last month. The post reminds Instagram users that if their account is already public, they shouldn't have to provide their password to an outside app to allow it to create a collage. Beta Labs also warns that shady Top 9 clones will often ask users to log into their Instagram accounts, but will mask the true URL of the site they're logging into. By hiding the address bar, the app could trick users into entering their info on a dummy site. As Beta Labs suggests, "If you can't see the address bar, then it's better not to risk it using this app."