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All You Need To Know About Facebook Instant Article

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If you have noticed on Facebook, there are some links that you see having that bolt sign and when you click on it, a simple cool layout page will appear, taking the whole screen space, that is facebook instant article. 

Facebook came up with a means if giving publishers a room to own an alternative publishing medium. You write the markup of an article then you publish it.  i have been using facebook instant article and So far i have experienced a lot. So i coupled down the  disadvantages and advantages of instant article which i will like to share with you.


The Disadvantages.
Not As Easy As it Looks
As the name goes instant article, this means that it should be real fast even on a slow internet connection. To publish on instant article, you will have to sign up by clicking here. You will have to publish at least 5 articles to be submitted for review. Now this is where you might find thing real hard if you do not know basic html. 

For every article, you write the markup (HTML codes) using instant article syntax. Or you link your site RSS feed to your publishing articles. WordPress users are saved the stress of going into the instant article markup coding. But for blogger users, they are bound to get an empty article with only images in the facebook instant article, because of the blogger CMS which uses BR tag instead of P tag to create new text lines. Facebook instant article does not support BR  which will leave a blank content when published. But to fix that error of no P tag, Blogger CMS users will have to edit the instant article markup, inserting the P tag where necessary. 

Facebook instant article will be more comfortable if one is running his blog or site on a wordpress CMS platform. Blogspot or blogger CMS users will find it a herculean task to use. this is because of the syntax used in instant article. 

Reduction of Revenue
A switch to instant article will have to bring your revenue down a bit. As mobile users on facebook click your a link ti your article, it loads facebook instant article and no longer your site. although it will count as a pageview. You have the right to choose what is published on instant article though.

Lack of User Contribution
A serious downpart in facebook instant article is that the users do not get to contribute. No comment section in facebook instant article made it look  like a read and go zone. Comment sections uses scripts, but if a little bit of scripts for comments is implemented, facebook instant article will double it’s value. The only comment section in existence on facebook instant article is on pictures or any element with the FIGURE tag. how good is that?

The Advantages.
Faster Page load
Facebook instant article takes less than a second to load completely, thanks to the absence of scripts and style-sheets. So instantaneously, you readers will enjoy your content in a unique way and this will make them love your work the more.
Alternative revenue
You get to monetize you instant article contetnts by signing up for Audience ads. Audience ads can serve as a means of display user friendly and recommended ads. So facebook instant article does not completely takes away your revenue, instead it gives you an alternative.

Simple Design
The simple design implemented on facebook instant article has made it a user friendly interface as Instant article links have a higher 22% CTR compared to other links.


Easy Branding
You create styles of your choice that suits your brand and you get to insert your logo at the top in order to keep your content authenticated and original. You readers will surely know who has the page.

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TStv to Encrypt it’s Channels, roll out 62 Premium Entertainment Channels

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TStv has announced that all of it’s Television channels will be encrypted. This means that the channels on TSTV will no longer be Free-to-air (FTA). The service provider also announced that it will include 62 premium Entertainment channels in it’s collection.

TStv channels will be encrypted starting from 11:50 on November 27th. Also, the premium entertainment channels will be included to the service on 28th November. Prior to the update, viewers will have to pick up a TStv Jolly Decoder at a dealer outlet.

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Owners of the Sassy Decoder are advised to visit any nearest dealer to get the decoder fully activated.

TStv currently has over 50 plus channels which in addy is the 16 premium entertainment channels coming soon.

TStv Africa is a owned Nigerian innovative Pay TV Operator that offer Pay As You View (PAYV) subscription, pause subscription, complimentary internet service and video call.

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TStv sometime went out of the market due to the challenges the company faced even to the “Satellite Providers”. The good news is that they began full operation on 20th August after NigComSat offered them 5 units of 35.5MHz transponders through a collaboration with Intertel, Federal Ministry of Communications and Nigcomsat.

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MTN APN Configuration That Works – Mobile and Modem

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MTN APN is what is required to enable internet connection on your phone. APN is an acronym for Access Point Name. Access Point Name is typically the name of the gateway connecting your internet enabled device to the web through an internet service provider, such as MTN.

Most often we run into the problem of missing APN configuration and can’t surf the web with our phone or modem. If you have your APN configured before now and you still cannot browse, make the listed below are in order.

  • Data subscription balance
  • Data monitor app threshold
  • Other phones of same network can browse. Your inability to browse could be a general problem from the service provider at the moment.
  • Network signal reception

In Nigeria you can fall into the hands of the wrong people, who will charge you high amount of money in the name of configuring your phone for browsing.

To get the configuration pushed automatically to your phone by MTN.

Send as a text message “Settings” to 3888. Without quotes.

If the above method fails to get you APN configuration, you can fall back to configuring it yourself which always works.

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For Mobile phones, navigate to “mobile network” in settings through more connections option, and you should see APN configuration option there.

Note: If your device works just fine, you are advised not to go further. But if for a reason you deleted the pre-installed APN configuration and you want to get it back. You’re welcome. The configurations work for 2G, 3G and 4G network type.

MTN APN

MTN APN

MTN APN settings for smartphones (iOS and Android)

Account Name MTN NG
Access point name (APN) web.gprs.mtnnigeria.net
Proxy Leave it empty
Port "
Username "
Password "
Server "
MMSC "
MMS port "
MCC "
MNC "
Authentication type None
APN type default,supl
APN protocol IPv4
APN roaming protocol IPv4
Bearer Unspecified
MVNO type None
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Note: For MTN 4G MiFi modems, the above configuration works for such devices.

 

MTN APN settings for modems (U.S.B stick modems)

Account Name MTN NG
Access point name (APN) web.gprs.mtnnigeria.net
Proxy 10.199.212.2
Port 9201
Username web
Password web

Access Point Name is unique to every service provider and can come pre-configured in SIM cards. When you slot in a new SIM card into a phone, it goes through it’s initiation to the service provider’s system. The service provider can then push necessary configurations to the device. Devices with MTN SIM card making an internet connection must be configured with an APN to present to MTN.

MTN will then examine this APN to determine what type of connection should be created, for example: which IP addresses should be assigned to the wireless device, which security methods should be used, etc. All of which is done in a second by a programmed system.

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#ReallyFreeData, Airtel is dashing free data weekly on Recharge Plus

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Airtel NG is currently giving out free 250mb data to its subscribers so long as you keep recharging your line. The good news is that you get 250Mb every week, once you meet your recharging target. All Airtel users are qualified for this promo and it gets even better because you can use the data to access any website and content.

 

You can do the recharging through your bank and still get the reward. In total you enjoy 1GB monthly for simply topping up your airtime. You can use the airtime for regular uses, such as making calls and sending text, even subscribing to a regular data plan.

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Speaking of the requirements to enjoy this offer, Airtel NG says you have to recharge your line consistently. Consistently in order to meet your weekly target.

How it Works:

  • To get started, you have to first recharge your Airtel line.
  • Check your weekly target by dialing *479# or check your recharge notifications.
  • Recharge to hit your target
  • Get rewarded with 250MB free.
  • Dial *123# or *140#. to check balance
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Hard to say:

The free data bonus is valid till Sunday 23.59pm every week. You don’t get the reward twice a week, so no need beating the target twice. Airtel didn’t say how long the offer lasts, but it looks like one that its not going over yet. You can’t roll over any unused data. That is to say, once it expires, it’s gone, no renewals.

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