Enjoy ad-free Instagram while it lasts–because according to Mark Zuckerberg, that will soon change. Since the service needs some kind of revenue source to keep itself up and running, ads will be introduced down the line, as was confirmed by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg during the company’s earnings call. According to Zuckerberg (via The Next Web), “We expect over time to generate a lot of profit from it. We think the right focus for now is to continue increasing the footprint of Instagram and, when the right time comes, we’ll think about advertising.” Although we’re not surprised, we do hope the ads end up being somewhat tasteful and non-intrusive.
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Instagram has announced that users can now embed their pictures and videos on the web, increasing the ways you can share your content. When you are on Instagram on your desktop (or more specifically, on your browser), simply click on an image, tap the share button, and copy the embed code. It’s been a long time coming, but it seems that Instagram is finally start to spread its wings a bit and take advantage of more than just mobile platforms. Already tried the new Instagram features? Let us know what you think!
At a special press event today, Facebook and Instagram announced the addition of video to the world’s most popular mobile photo sharing app. Available now on both Android and iOS, Instagram will now allow users to take (and share) video clips of up to 15 seconds, and has even added 13 custom filters created specifically for videos. We’ll follow-up once we’ve spent a little time with the new functionality; but until then, you can click here to check out the official release video.
If being a good person isn’t enough incentive to treat others with respect, then maybe the threat of being a celebrity social media joke might “encourage” more civilized behavior. It’s sort of like the wild west, but with cameras instead of guns.
Skateboarding Super-Star Tony Hawk took to Instagram for a little pic-justice after being treated rudely by another passenger on a recent flight. I’m sure he was disregarded because of his penchant for wearing casual clothing, but Hawk found some comeuppance when the woman who mistreated him later saw him on the in-flight movie. Can you just imagine the eyes of Tony Hawk boring into the back of your skull for a couple hours…
O Brave New World… With such people in’t…
What are photo maps you ask? Photo Maps is a map-based display of the photos that you have captured and added geotagging to, and works with photos taken both before and post version 3.0 of the app. Alongside photo maps comes a lot of speed fixes and safety issues–which is reassuring since not much has been done to Instagram since being purchased for a cool $1 billion by social network giant Facebook. The new Photo Maps feature is a new geolocation feature that Instagram hopes to leverage moving forward with Instagram 3.0 and beyond.
It looks like Facebook wants to take on their newly acquired Instagram with their latest iOS app release. Facebook Camera for iOS allows users to browse albums and take photos without having to wait for the full mobile Facebook experience to load. Users can share videos more easily, upload several shots at a time, and do more visual actions than you could previously. Check it out and let us know what you think.
It’s been a pretty busy few days for the popular mobile photo-sharing service, Instagram. Just last week we told you about their new Android app, and today brings even bigger news: their acquisition by Facebook for a reported $1 Billion. For those concerned about how this will affect the Instagram ecosystem and it’s day-to-day use, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg blogged today about the acquisition, as well as his desire to not immediately force it into the Facebook environment:
I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.
For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.
We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.
That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.
We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.
These and many other features are important parts of the Instagram experience and we understand that. We will try to learn from Instagram’s experience to build similar features into our other products. At the same time, we will try to help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure.
This is an important milestone for Facebook because it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.
We’re looking forward to working with the Instagram team and to all of the great new experiences we’re going to be able to build together.
iOS users have been enjoying creating and sharing stylized photos on their iPhones for quite some time–and now Android device users can finally get in on the action as Instagram has gone live on Google Play:
Instagram – A beautiful way to share your world. It’s fast, free and fun!
Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects to breathe a new life into your mobile photos. Transform everyday moments into works of art you’ll want to share with friends and family.
Share your photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see – and follow your friends’ photos with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you’ll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world.
☆ 100% free custom designed filters and borders
☆ Lux works its magic by making your photos more vibrant and brings out details in your photos you couldn’t see before
☆ Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare (Flickr coming very soon)
☆ Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments
☆ Works with Android versions 2.2 and above that support OpenGL ES 2
☆ Full front & back camera support
☆ And much much more…
Senior Editor Juan Carlos Bagnell will have his full review this Friday as his Android App of the Week–but in case you can’t wait, here’s the direct link to download Instagram on Google Play (…and yes–it’s still free!).