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Social networking has become one of the hottest online activities with 73 percent of adults using a social networking site of some kind, according to data compiled by Pew Internet. Around 4 out of 10 online adults get their social groove going with multiple sites, but which are the most popular? Facebook is the obvious big man on campus, but you might be surprised at where the other sites stand. Like Facebook users, Instagram users are likely to check in on a daily basis. However, Instagram is the least popular social networking (by a hair) out of Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Source:... Read more...
Like everyone that’s trying to make a living in the online world, Instagram is trying to crack the tough nut of monetizing its free service, but the social image-sharing site may just have figured out a solution. Many sites, such as Google, rely on ad clicks, as well as actions such as “likes”, and comments to calculate reach and the value of a given ad, banner, or campaign, but Instagram is trying something a little different. It’s looking at metrics that include reach, ad recall, and awareness, and after a small and gentle rollout of ads in users’ feeds starting... Read more...
Instant messaging in some form or another has been around since the dawn of man and woman (slight exaggeration), though don't tell that to Instagram, which yesterday held a major press event to unveil Instagram Direct, its own take on sending messages to friends. While Instagram was super excited to add a feature that's found on just about every major social app for mobile devices, it was a bit of a letdown to members of the press hoping for something bigger. To be fair, this could end up being a big deal for Instagram. At minimum, it's a much needed feature if it's to compete with services like... Read more...
Instagram has sent out mysterious invitations for a December 12th event in New York City. Although the message to “share a moment” with Kevin Systrom and the rest of the Instagram team is veiled enough, there’s another layer of intrigue: the invitations are physical, printed on paper, and came through snail mail. Other versions of the invite were apparently actually printed on pieces of wood that were specifically cut to be ready to hang on a wall. Image credit: TechCrunch Instagram is a haven for hipsters, but it’s unlikely that Instagram went to the expense of printing... Read more...
Starting today, Windows Phone users can finally join in the fun that is Instagram, which at its core allows you to add filter effects and "transform everyday moments into works of art," or something like that. That's the good news. The bad news is that in an attempt to rush Instagram to the Windows Phone platform, certain features have been left off, at least for the time being. "We wanted to make Instagram available to people with Windows Phones as quickly as possible, so we focused on creating an awesome experience with Instagram’s core features. We’re not finished, and our team will... Read more...
It’s an old story in tech that one evolving area of a market cannibalizes another, and it’s possible that’s what’s happening with smartphones and high-end digital camera sales. Citing IDC’s research, the WSJ notes that shipments of DSLR cameras with interchangeable lenses will drop 9.1% to 17.4 million units, down from 19.1 million last year. One IDC analyst, Christopher Chute, told the WSJ that he’s found that some consumers are eschewing a high-quality camera such as a DSLR and instead spending their dollars on smartphones and tablets. Nikon Df DSLR There’s... Read more...
The most surefire way to make teenagers disinterested in something is for their parents to adopt it, and it appears that Facebook is having just such a problem. Facebook has finally admitted that there has been a dip in teen usage--although the company hasn’t provided any numbers. This is a sharp turnaround from Facebook’s position on the matter in Q2, when CFO David Ebersman used the term “urban legend” to describe the assertions that teens aren’t as into Facebook as they used to be. Of course, for as fickle as kids can be and how quickly their interests shift, it’s... Read more...
One of the quirkiest aspects of the amazing success that many relatively new Internet tech companies enjoy is the fact that the free services don’t actually bring in a lot of cash, at least not compared to the scale of their popularity. Thus, inevitably, something has to give, and for Instagram that something is the placement of ads in users’ feeds, which is something that Facebook has had to do, as well. In a blog post titled “Instagram as a Growing Business”, which foreshadows news that users won’t like very much, the byline-less post said, “In the next couple... Read more...
Facebook said that it would enable Instagram to remain independent, and that it wouldn't ever cross any lines that would impact the user experience. Keeping true to that promise, Instagram itself (and not parent company Facebook) has just made a big acquisition: Luma. It's a video sharing app that almost no one has heard of... until now. Luma was previously known as Midnox, and while sharing was one of its features, video stabilization was the other. It's likely that Instagram executives are more interested in the latter. Luma will indeed be shutting down soon, as its employees focus all of their... Read more...
If there's one thing Microsoft's Windows Phone platform desperately needs (other than a larger user base), it's more apps. We're not talking about fart apps and other filler type material, but at this point, it's even missing some of the more popular apps available on other platforms. One you can soon cross off the list, however, is Instagram. Chris Weber, Nokia's executive vice president, reportedly confirmed that Instagram is headed to the Windows Phone Store during a recent trip to Thailand. He didn't say exactly when Instagram will be available to Windows Phone users, only that it's coming.... Read more...
Quick video clips are all the rage right now, and if you find yourself shaking your head at that statement, grab your teenager's smartphone and look at what apps are installed. You'll likely find Vine (acquired by Twitter for $30 million) and Instagram (acquired by Facebook for $1 billion) on there, and perhaps SnapChat, all of which allow you to record and share short videos (SnapChat's approach is a bit different since videos and pics expire after they're viewed by the recipient for up to 10 seconds). You can add one more to the mix. The newest video sharing app is called MixBit, the creation... Read more...
Facebook isn't about to let its $1 billion acquisition of Instagram go to waste. Continued innovation is the secret to both remaining relevant in an increasingly crowded field of apps that offer filters for photos and videos, and to seeing a return on such a hefty investment. Towards that end, the Instagram team just unveiled web embedding for photos and videos. "Now, when you visit an Instagram photo or video page on your desktop web browser, you’ll see a new share button on the right side of your photo (just under the comments button). Click the button to see the embed code. Copy the block... Read more...
When it comes to the web business, you might say you know you've "arrived" when the spammers show up.  Instagram, the blazingly hot photo and video-sharing service owned by Facebook and now topping 130 million monthly active users, definitely seems to have crossed that threshold.  You might say Instagram is where all the cool kids are going after Facebook actually.  Well, it seems that spammers have taken a liking to Instragram's popularity as well and have showed up in droves to attack the burgeoning community. If you've recently seen a rash of fruity looking pictures hitting your... Read more...
You would have to spend an awful long time sitting in front of your mobile device in order to watch every single Instagram video that's been uploaded to date. The new feature was announced earlier this week and users wasted no time playing armchair director. In just the first 24 hours since the video recording and sharing feature went live, Instagram users recorded and uploaded 5 million video clips, a company spokesperson told CNET. That's great news for Facebook, which paid a whopping $1 billion for Instagram, and potentially bad news for Vine, which could suddenly find itself the second most... Read more...
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