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Instagram Sees Record Numbers on Thanksgiving

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Corporate News, Internet,

Thanksgiving is a time for sharing, and that's exactly what Instagram users did, giving Instagram it's most shared photos ever.

Over at the Instagram blog, the social network reported that over 10 million Thanksgiving specific photos where shared yesterday. The post didn't mention previous statistics, but it did provide a graph detailing the hour by hour photo traffic it received. The majority of photos came in around noon, averaging out to over 200 photos shared every second.

In it's post, Instagram stated, "We’re thrilled to see people use Instagram to share their holidays. Whether celebrating with friends and family or sharing photos with them halfway across the globe, we’re excited to see the intimacy and immediacy of the Instagram experience bring us all closer together over this holiday season."

With Christmas on the horizon, Instagram might see another record-breaking day sooner than later.

Read More | Instagram Blog

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Here’s how the top web companies and services make money

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Corporate News, Internet,

How Do They Make Money

Ever wonder how your favorite tech companies, apps, services or social networks like Facebook and Twitter actually make money? Do they even make a profit? This cool HTML5 optimized page by RCS See Interactive answers that very question. It gathers up all of that info and breaks it down into categories in a cool interactive way. It lets you know which companies make money from advertising, subscriptions, lead generation, selling your data (yep, that happens a lot!), freemium models, and royalties. Go check it out! Tap any circle and what you find may surprise you.

[Thanks, Pedro!]

Read More | How Do They Make Money?

Instagram 3.0 introduces Photo Map feature

Instagram 3.0 photo maps

Instagram 3.0 was released today, and with it comes a host of new features and bug fixes. One of the major additions is the Photo Map, which makes it easy to find images that have been geo-tagged to specific locations. Users will find a new Photo Map section in their profiles that will allow them to see their own images overlayed on a map as well. Other features include infinite scrolling on photo feeds, redesigned profile and upload screens, and other performance improvements. Grab Instagram 3.0 now from the App Store or Google Play for free. Check out a video explaining it all after the break.

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Why Facebook Camera and Instagram can easily co-exist

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Editorial, Features, Internet, Software,

Facebook Camera vs Instagram

Earlier today, Facebook launched its new photo-sharing app, Facebook Camera. Since then, we've seen tons of comments on Facebook and Twitter from people who are making fun of the company for releasing a new app that competes with Instagram, the photo sharing app and company that Facebook just acquired for $1 billion. Really? I thought it was time that we took a closer look at why Facebook Camera makes perfect sense, and how it really doesn't compete against Instagram at all.

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Facebook Camera launches, allows for direct Instagram-ish photo sharing

Facebook Camera

There are plenty of apps that allow you to share photos on Facebook, including the Facebook app itself. However, if you want something that'll let you share multiple photos that you can tag on the fly, look no further than the new Facebook Camera app for iPhone and iPod touch. Facebook Camera is an Instagram-ish app that allows you to snap photos (or choose from photos you already have in your camera roll,) edit them with crop, rotate, and filter tools, tag them, and get them posted on the world's most popular social network. In addition, Facebook Camera also lets you browse the image posts of all your friends, allowing you to skip all the links, complaints, game requests, and other stuff.

You can get Facebook Camera for free on the App Store, and you can find a video demo after the break.

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Alexa Chung Attacked Online Over Weight

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celebrities, Health & Beauty,

Alexa ChungAlexa Chung has made her Instagram account private after being subjected to a barrage of abuse about her slim frame.

The 28-year-old TV presenter posted a picture of herself on the photo-sharing site wearing a short denim dress with bare legs and ballet flats, stood next to her mother. But users quickly laid into her naturally slight figure, labeling her "too skinny" and accusing her of being anorexic.

"I'm going to be very honest. I look at this picture and think 'This is a woman not eating.' Thus, I worry for women everywhere," one wrote.

Another responded to some fans' compliments about her legs with, "THIS degree of skinny is frankly alarming, sadly. It is equally alarming that people ENVY this degree ... as it is NOT a healthy degree of underweight. Certainly, they shouldn't want to be like this."

At first Alexa just hit back with a restrained "Hi, I am here. I can read," but after another two hours of insults she announced, "OK everyone, thanks for the teen angst discussions. People are different sizes. I'm not actively trying to be a thinspo for anyone. I am now making this acct private. Byeeeeeeee."

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Facebook buys Instagram for $1 billion

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Facebook buys Instagram

Mark Zuckerburg just announced that Facebook has agreed to acquire the super-popular Instagram for a cool $1 billion. Facebook has been hard at work recently to improve its own built-in photo sharing and viewing experience, while Instagram recently released an Android client that was downloaded a million times on its day of release. Now, Facebook gets the Instagram team in-house, while acknowledging that it should be run independently and maintain all of its social sharing features. Get a look at the full announcement after the break.

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Instagram now available for Android

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Google, Software,

Instagram android

Today marks the released of what may, quite possibly, be the most anticipated iOS-only app to hit Android, as Instagram has finally arrived on the Google side of the fence.

Instagram is the massively popular photo-sharing social network that's garnered over 25 million users, and up until this point, it's only been available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. That changes today. Instagram for Android works on any Android device running version 2.2 or higher, as long as they support OpenGL ES 2. Similar to the iOS version, you can share your Instagram posts to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Foursquare. Soon, Flickr will be an option as well.

You can download Instagram for Android right now from Google Play, completely free.


Bleeding Edge TV 407: Canvaspop Review: Turn your Instagram photos into real art

Did you know that you can turn any photo in your Instagram account into a real life, displayable work of art? CanvasPop is a service that makes this super easy. You create an account and choose which Instagram image(s) you want, and CanvasPop turns it into a beautiful canvas that you can hang on a wall and display proudly. We give you a look at the finished result in this episode.

Instagram is an iOS app social network dedicated to taking and sharing images with filters.

Big thank you to MozyPro and JackThreads for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out! MozyPro provides simple, automatic, and secure data backup. As for JackThreads, we've got exclusive invite codes that give you $5 to use towards anything you'd like on the site.


Twitter adds support for more embedded third-party services

Posted by Patrick Lambert Categories: Partnerships, Social Networks,

When Twitter launched NewTwitter, their revamped web site, one of the improvements they added was the ability to embed pictures, music and videos in tweets. Anytime someone would link to a YouTube video for example, instead of appearing as a link on the Twitter site, the video contest would appear embedded in the Twitter app. Yesterday, Twitter announced that many more services are now supported by their embedding feature. Now, anytime a user links to Blip.TV, Instagr.am, Rdio, SlideShare and DipDive, the content will appear embedded right on Twitter. This is good news for users of the Twitter site, and something a lot of stand alone clients would benefit from. The company also says that they will keep adding more services in the coming months. It's interesting to see all the different ways Twitter can extend what 140 characters can contain.

Oh and remember, you can follow Gear Live on Twitter as well!

Read More | Twitter Blog

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