Public Instagrams have a wealth of information that can be used to identify who you are. So, before snapping a selfie, revealing your real name, sharing your actual birthday, or even showing your home location, you might want to watch this video of Jack Vale pretending to be a psychic using publicly posted information.
Instagram’s new owner, Facebook, is trying to put a stop to the use of Instagram as a virtual drug store by blocking certain hashtags and terms used by drug dealers to advertise their wares.
For example, blocked phrases like bad hashtag, was an actual term used to promote illegal sales. In fact, not only are Instagram hashtags helping drug dealers sell hash, mobile phones and apps like Snapchat make it easier to do make quick, cashless exchanges using Green Dot, an anonymous, cashless pre-paid debit card available at any 7-11. Read more
According to the latest research by Brigham Young University Professors, your taste buds can get fatigued when you look at too many food photos. If you’re particularly fond of following a lot of food photographers on Instagram, it’s probably damaging your ability to enjoy food to its fullest flavors.
It looks like being acquired by Facebook was not a bad thing for Instagram. The company announced over the weekend that they now have 150 million users, 50 million of which joined in the last six months.
Interestingly, more than 60% of users are outside of the United States. Here is more from the Instagram blog:
Whether it’s documenting protests in Egypt, sharing the trip of a lifetime across the United States or snapping #petselfiez, this community continues to surprise us every day with your creativity, sense of adventure and unique perspectives on the world.
The company recently made its first acquisition. Last month, Instagram purchased Luma, an app that offers video editing tools including color correction and image stabilization.
Instagram has acquired the video sharing app Luma, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed. The app has tools for shooting and editing videos, with features including image stabilization and color correction. The app lets users shoot with a filter and then remove or change filters later on.
The service will likely be blended into the Instagram plaform, as the Luma app will be shutting down. It’s already unavailable in iTunes, though existing users can use the app through the end of the year. Here is more from the Luma blog:
As part of our move to Instagram, we are shutting down the Luma service. We want to make this transition as painless for you as possible. Here is a link to download your videos. We will also continue to support Luma until December 31st, 2013. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments, or requests for technical support at email@example.com.
Last week Instagram introduced a video feature that lets users share 15 second videos. In the first 24 hours, the site reportedly had 5 million video uploads.
Unlike a photo, with video you have to think about both image and sound. To help capture decent sound, Instagram recommends that use an external microphone, such as Apple’s iStabilizer iRig mic. They also recommend that you make your own wind shield.
We recommend that you focus your camera and the mic in the direction of the subject you are recording and be aware of any background noises in the field that you are recording. If you are recording someone at a noisy event, try to find a quiet hallway to film them at. If you are filming someone outside, take a break if an airplane flies by. If you are recording people speaking inside turn off the air conditioner or ceiling fans.
Instagram Videos are a big hit, but it doesn’t stand up to the artistry of this stop-motion video, dubbed Instagramination, by the duo at FriendsInFaux. The animation uses key user experience features of the photo app like swiping, filters, and even tilting to influence the story about a character’s wearisome trip to the beach.
Instagram has added a video sharing feature to its app called Cinema. iOS and Android users can now use the app to create 15 second videos with 13 different filters. Instagram founder Kevin Systrom revealed the news in a press conference held in Menlo Park, CA today. ”This is the same Instagram we all know and love, but it moves,” said Systrom at the event.
The app lets you shoot and string together clips of video as you would on Vine. Unlike Vine, you can delete a clip in between shooting the video so that you don’t have to start all over again in the middle of making a video. The app also includes 13 new custom video filters that are designed specifically for video. “We needed something new for video, we wanted to evolve,” said Systrom.
The new video offering is designed to be simple and beautiful.”It wouldn’t be Instagram without being beautiful. We need to do to videos what we did to photos,” said Systrom. Read more
Facebook may add video to Instagram on June 20th, according to a report on TechCrunch. Facebook is holding a press conference on Thursday and the technology blog apparently received a tipoff that the social network will use the event to debut Instagram video.
Here is more from the blog:
We are still looking for more information because we understand that Facebook has not wanted the details of June 20 to leak out — so this could be an intentional blind alley. But if the Instagram video report is true, you could say the event invite itself — sent by snail mail, coffee cup stain charmingly in one corner — is a red herring of its own.
There are plenty of other video sharing apps already available such as Viddy, Socialcam and Twitter’s Vine.
Want to make prints of your Instagram photos? Printicular can help. The app lets you make prints of your digital photos and pick them up at your local Walgreens. And the app has a special Instagram format, so you can make 4×4 and 8×8 prints of your favorite grams without having them cutoff or weirdly formatted.
You can also use the app to print photos from your Facebook, Flickr, and Dropbox accounts, as well as from your digital camera roll. Once you select the photos, the app sends your order to the Walgreens of your choice and supposedly these prints will be ready within about an hour.