User Inspired Instagram Events 🎤📚

It’s been a couple of weeks since our last user inspired post so we wanted to come back with another one with two countdowns from Instagram. This user inspired is a mix of music and holiday events.

If you are not familiar with our user inspired posts then here is a little catch up on what happens in these posts. We pick 2 amazing countdowns from Twitter or Instagram and give you a little more info on the countdown itself. If it is a countdown to say, Ed Sheeran, we give you some news on him and if there are still some tickets left or if it’s a holiday some great tips on where to go and what to see and when to go.

First up is @lonelylintu who is off to see Dua Lipa on the 30th October. Dua Lipa has been getting hugely successful as of the past several years. We are obsessed with her New Rules song she released this year, the music video has been seen over 3 million times on YouTube. It is also her first song to hit the number one spot in the UK. She is heading off to The Self Titled Tour across the UK and Europe in 2017 and 2018. If you are recently discovering her music then she might be a great act to watch live, there are tickets still available for her shows. She really is killing it right now with her New Rules song, every day she gets millions of more views on the music video and it’s going platinum in some countries. We haven’t thought about seeing her live but it sounds like a great experience. She performed so well on The Jonathan Ross Show a couple of weeks ago, a dance routine to match the music video.

Lastly we have @hoplesscosplays who is attending MCM London Comic Con on the 28th October. If you love everything from Star Wars to Iron Man this is the place for you. They have a huge list of guests who attend the show all weekend. You can get photo sessions or just an autograph with them, bear in mind it does cost money for both, so check here for the full price list. Not only is great for guests but it is a rather good place to find official merchandise from your favourite comic books, TV shows or movies. Also, this a brilliant place to discover new comic artists and more unknown comic series. Cosplaying is a huge part of the event and can be fun to dress up as your favourite character. Of course, it is not mandatory to dress up for this event but can be fun to plan your outfit. We are getting closer to the big day so there are limited tickets available. Friday might be your best choice in terms of Priority Entry and General Entry. Saturday for both entries is limited but Sunday for Priority Entry is limited and or General Entry is fine. Best to check online before booking since these might change by the time this blog gets released.

Well, hey! Less than a week to my birthday and then just under a fortnight until Comic Con! • • #londoncomiccon2017 #birthday #cosplayer #con #comiccon #cosplay #countdown

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Best Tips for Disneyland Paris ✨🏰✨

It’s been some time since we did any Disneyland related blog posts, so we wanted to share some of the best tips for Disneyland Paris. We will split this into sections to read the parts you feel will help you out the most.

Weather

So unlike in Florida where it is always sunny and barely a chance of rain or snow. You need to expect the worst to happen in terms of weather. So if you visit in October then bring jumpers and a light raincoat, this works especially if you need to keep warm and dry during the night shows. You might think the park is small but it really doesn’t so do take some great weatherproof shows. It will help as you don’t want to walk around the park and end up having blisters and feeling tired so fast.

Book a Disney Hotel

This is more of a tip if you have not booked yet, but good to keep in mind for the next trip to Disneyland as well. It is always best to stay in a Disneyland hotel as you can get a free shuttle service to the parks from Disneyland hotels. It also only takes around 10 minutes to walk to the park. Tons of extras get thrown in as well if you choose a Disneyland hotel, such as park tickets come included in the price of your hotel stay, on-site shop and restaurant. If you choose to book a non-Disneyland hotel it can take up to an hour to get back which means less time in the park.

Arrive Early

Much like the parks in the US, if you do end up staying in a park in the US. You will be given early access to the parks, from 8am. This gives you a head start of 2 hours to get on rides, so you don’t have to wait behind everyone. This works well for the type of rides where you cannot get fast pass tickets for.

Food

Disneyland has some great food options as well if you do end up staying in the hotels then plan when you want to eat. If you think about eating when everyone else does you will get stuck in a queue for the table. It is advised online to eat before everyone does. Booking a table could be ideal as well since you won’t have to queue. So, plan a day ahead this will help if you are going in a large group. You can if you don’t want to have a sit-down lunch grab food from food stands around the park.

We hope these few tips helped you figure out what is best for your next Disneyland Paris trip. Tag all your Disneyland countdowns with #countdown and #countdownplus so we can see them.

Themes and Styling

This blog tutorial will show you the new editing tools when adding images to an event. This is for Ios only.

When adding events or editing events, you can add images, but on Version 3.0, editing was rather laborious. Now we have neatened up the editing process for your countdowns. So let’s start with an already created event, but where you find all the editing options for the event is exactly the same even when you create a new event. So tap on Settings, then scroll down to Appearance and Style then tap on Themes and Style.

Now you will see all the editing options, if you want to change the style of the countdown then you change that with the top drop-down menu. Change the style of font or colour at the bottom of the screen. Then most importantly you will want to add an image to the countdown so tap on the camera icon.

Then once you are done editing the event, tap on the arrow to go back and then tap Done when you are all finished.

Thank you for reading this tutorial, we will be releasing more tutorials very soon. If you have any questions about the app then message us on Facebook. Check out the original video here.

Current Updates for Android and iPhone

If you have been following us recently on Facebook, you may have noticed a few more updates on the progress of Android and iPhone. We just wanted to catch you all up on what we are currently working on this month and next month.

As mentioned in the last update posted on our blog post, we have released a new version for Android which is Version 4.0. Since release, we have faced several issues but managed to solve quite a lot very fast. Right now, we are trying to solve issues with the settings tab, crashes in the app, issues with video ads and a few other minor issues. We have been delayed in sorting out these issues in the app due to unforeseen circumstances with our team. If you notice any other issues in the app, then don’t hesitate to message us on Facebook and we will try our best, to help you with that issue.

Work has started on the iPhone version of the app already, but due to the issues on Android, we have been yet again set back because of this. We are aiming to switch the servers as well since they have caused a lot of problems in recent months on both versions of the app. This won’t take effect until we are 100% satisfied it is stable enough for release. Meaning it might not happen until the end of the year.

If you want to stay informed on updates and progress of the app then the best place to follow us is on Facebook. We are aiming to post more information on updates to our Facebook from now on. If you do have questions about the app then message us on Facebook where we are happy to help you with any query regarding the app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter to see what events we are counting down to. If you are on Android then you might want to follow us on all social channels to see the new tutorial videos we are posting every Wednesday.

User Inspired 2017 Instagram

Following on from the many user inspired posts we have gone to Instagram where we find a whole bunch of amazing countdowns from our users. So, for today’s post, we are looking at 2 amazing Instagram countdowns, and there is no theme for this post today.

If you are not familiar with our user inspired posts then here is a little catch up on what happens in these posts. We pick 2 amazing countdowns from Twitter or Instagram and give you a little more info on the countdown itself. If it is a countdown to say, Ed Sheeran, we give you some news on him and if there are still some tickets left or if it’s a holiday some great tips on where to go and what to see and when to go.

First up is @jaderichy who is off to Disneyland Paris in November.  As you might be aware if you are regular readers of the blog then you know we love all things Disneyland. We talk specifically about Disneyland in Florida but wanted to mention some amazing things you can do whilst at Disneyland Paris. So if you were not aware Disneyland Paris is currently celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary, which is set to be an amazing time to visit the park, there are brand new parades to enjoy and a brand new illumination show. Not only are there new shows but plenty of new rides set to arrive in the park too. Mainly Star Wars rides which will take over Space Mountain. If you want to find out about new rides then check out this post. Of course, if you want to take home something to commemorate the 25th Anniversary then head to the shops for 25th themed merchandise. If that isn’t enough and you end up getting rather peckish then you can indulge in some tasty treats, especially for the 25th Anniversary. Also if you are heading in October – November then you can expect to see some Halloween themed food and decorations across the park.

Next up is @fanny_wilson.x who is off to New York in November. New York is a lovely city to visit with so much to do even on a short visit. Here are some must do’s for New York in November. First up it is pretty cold around November so don’t forget to bring some jumpers to keep you warm whilst out and about. Central Park really comes alive during the winter months so it could ideal for a winter walk. There are free walking tours if you want to find out some history as well as a lovely walk. Thanksgiving is a big time of year in America and especially in New York, so you might want to catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the best thing to do is stake out a spot and stick with it, so buy all the snacks and food beforehand. If you want to splurge out and find some designer bargains then apparently November is a really big month for sample sales in New York. On top of that, some normal must do’s eat some pizza, grab a taxi to somewhere, check out a gallery or two and buy plenty of souvenirs.

We hope you enjoyed this post about user inspired events from Instagram. We want to see more of your countdowns on Twitter and Instagram so tag us in your countdowns and use the #countdown and #countdownplus

 

User Inspired Music Countdowns from Twitter

Seeing your countdowns on Twitter and Instagram makes us so happy since we get to see the huge amount of creativity and give us major holiday envy. User Inspired blog posts are now going to be a lot more regularly on our blog post.

If you are not familiar with our user inspired posts then here is a little catch up on what happens in these posts. We pick 2 amazing countdowns from Twitter or Instagram and give you a little more info on the countdown itself. If it is a countdown to say, Ed Sheeran, we give you some news on him and if there are still some tickets left or if it’s a holiday some great tips on where to go and what to see and when to go. This post has two countdowns from Twitter that are music based.

First up is @thirlsfreak who is seeing Harry Styles in October, her timeline was filled with music events and music timelines are always the best. Here is a little bit of info on who Harry Styles is, he shot to fame when he auditioned for X Factor as a solo artist. After a short time, a group of five boys were put together to form One Direction. Who has gone on to become one of the most popular boy bands, as of lately each of the boys has taken a break from One Direction. They have all gone on to boast successful solo careers, and nearly all are on tours right now. That includes Harry Styles who is touring from mid-September with his first show in San Francisco, performing his current hits “Sign of the Times” “Two Ghosts and many more new songs. We really love his new material and think he will do amazing as a solo artist. He is touring all over the world and has announced new tickets for 2018, so if you missed the huge announcement of his tour then you might have a chance to see him live next year.

Next up is @TammyLouiseWood who is seeing a huge list of YouTubers at Hello World in October at Birmingham Genting Arena. This is said to be a YouTube event like no other kind. Some information has been released about what to expect from the event which is a mix between a YouTube convention and a fair ground. Not only do you get to see stage performances from your favourite YouTubers but you get to see them around the venue as well. We can’t wait to know a little bit more about the event closer to the date. So far the list of YouTubers includes, Zoella, Joe Sugg, Alfie Deyes, Marcus Butler, Tyler Oakley, KSI, Louise Pentland, Jim Chapman, Ollie White, Caspar Lee, Rose and Rosie, Mark Ferris, Niki and Sammy and much more yet to be confirmed. There are quite a lot of you already who have got their tickets and you can still get your tickets online right now.

We hope this was a great read for anyone who is looking to see someone live but wasn’t 100% sure on who to see live. We want to see more of your countdowns on Twitter so tag us in your countdowns and use the #countdown and #countdownplus

Future Update for Android and iPhone

If you are a loyal reader or just a regular user of Countdownplus then you might have seen a couple of updates appear on the Google Play Store. We wanted to just check in and let you know what to expect from us in the next few months.

We were working hard for several months on the Android update, and unfortunately, it took us longer than we hoped. Android Version 4.0 is currently available to download right now which we are so thrilled about. We are working on a few new updates which will clear some minor issues with some bugs. Also in the meantime, we are trying to get a fix out for the widget issue many of you have highlighted for us on Facebook and Twitter. There are a few features which need to be added to make sure it directly mirrors the iPhone version. Right now we would love it if you would go and give us a lovely review on Google Play.

 

For the iPhone version, we have seen a steady activity on the app and not as many issues so we will update the iPhone version with some minor updates. Mainly concerning the video ads that we introduced on the Android version. This will mean that when you want to use an image from our image packs you can simply just watch a video ad.

 

We will try to update you on any other changes which you can expect in the next few months on social media and on our blog as well. If you do have questions about the app then message us on Facebook where we are happy to help you with any query regarding the app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter to see what events we are counting down to. If you are on Android then you might want to follow us on all social channels to see the new tutorial videos we are posting every Wednesday.

 

We want to post a lot more app updates to the blog so you stay informed about any changes or fixes to the app.

App Settings Version 4.0

This video tutorial will show you the app settings on the iOS version, so this tutorial is for Ios only. We get a few questions about how to turn off the notification symbol on the logo of the app. So we thought what could help is if we run you through what each function of the settings tab does.

Firstly we are going to talk about General settings. The App Icon Countdown, is not to say you have certain notifications, but it shows the number of days to the next upcoming event, if you turn it on, you might notice another option appear, this is so that it rounds up the days instead for you. So say 3 days 10 hours it would show as 3 days. Cloud Backup, is very important and should always be kept on, it’s so that your countdowns are backed up on our cloud system.

Default Alert Time, is when you will receive most notifications for the countdowns you have. Pick a time that suits you.

Default Alert, is the type of sound you will get when being notified about events.

Notifications tab has the Holidays Reminder, so keep it on to be told about holidays, and Activity Notifications, is great to see other activity on the app.

Thank you for reading this tutorial, we will be releasing more tutorials very soon. If you have any questions about the app then message us on Facebook. Check out the original video here.

User Inspired Holiday from Twitter 2017

We love your countdowns so much and if you follow us on Instagram and Twitter you will see how much we adore your countdowns. So, we decided to make more user inspired posts and stick to posting them once a month on our blog.

If you are not familiar with our user inspired posts then here is a little catch up on what happens in these posts. We pick 2 amazing countdowns from Twitter or Instagram and give you a little more info on the countdown itself. If it is a countdown to say, Ed Sheeran, we give you some news on him and if there are still some tickets left or if it’s a holiday some great tips on where to go and what to see and when to go.

For the first time, ever in a long time some of you have been sharing some amazing holiday countdowns on Twitter.

First up is @lynnjohnston73 who is off to Tenerife in August. If you like the sound of Tenerife then the best time to go is May, June and July due to the sea breeze being so cool which makes the summer days more refreshing. August is one the most popular times of the year to visit. August is also the hottest time of year to visit as well, so if you need to escape the misery that can be the British weather then it might be perfect. We have actually talked about Tenerife before and one of the most popular destinations to visit if you want to cool off from the summer heat is Siam Park. Heavily popular with tourists, so if you want to go when it isn’t as busy then try getting there in the morning and like many theme parks they have fast passes. Those could come in handy if you don’t want to just waste time queuing. A lot of people assume it’s quite a small park but it is a huge park so don’t forget to pack a pair of trainers with you. If you aren’t interested in the big drops on the slides then you might like the Wave Palace pool which has over 42 different types of waves. Nice place just to relax and enjoy the sunshine with a drink. If you want to go on a huge inner tube you can and glide along the Thai ‘Lazy’ River. If you are an adrenaline junkie and love your slides then you might really enjoy the Tower of Power.

 

Loro Parque is also a good place to visit, Siam Park and Loro Parque are connected so if you want to save money then get the twin ticket for both parks. Loro Parque has so many animals to see. You can expect to see everything from Gorillas, Sea Lions, Parrots, Sharks and much more. They have a fair few shows you can see during the day to and can see the big orcas performing and has a stunning bird show. There are so many beaches to visit as well if you don’t fancy going to the water park. It’s a lovely place to visit you simply want to do nothing and just lay by the pool in your hotel.

 

Next up is @TommGreenn who is off to Croatia in September. If Tenerife isn’t for you then maybe Croatia could be more of your cup of tea. Croatia is best to visit during May to June and also in September which is perfect for @TommGreenn. Croatia is a large country and there is an awful lot to see. Some popular destinations in Croatia are Split, Dubrovnik and Zadar. If you visit Split then the best things to do is to rent a car or Vespa and ride around the coastline to visit the beaches and towns. If you want to see some culture then head to Diocletian’s Palace which was constructed by Emperor Diocletian’s in the fourth century AD. If you love Game of Thrones then you might like to know that some of the show was filmed in the Palace. If you are looking for some relaxation then you might enjoy the Krka National Park which is a big hit with tourists and a lovely place to swim in the waterfalls. There is so much more to Croatia then we could write a blog post so if you are heading to Croatia then we hope this gave you a good idea of what to expect.

 

We hope you enjoyed reading about these two amazing holiday countdowns from Twitter. We want to see more of your countdowns on Twitter so tag us in your countdowns and use the #countdown and #countdownplus