Instagram has recently made a remarkable alteration by introducing portrait and landscape options along with their existing square. Though enhanced user-friendliness appears to be the main purpose behind the modification, it is actually an effort to stop users from switching to Snapchat or other flexible services. Introduction of new layout is a major change that the platform has introduced since its merger with Facebook. This move is also expected to increase app’s popularity significantly among the advertisers. The best part is, both landscape as well as portrait format will be available on iOS as well as Android platforms right from Thursday. Thus, there is no need to cramp the wide shots or cut friends from the groups to get the photo fitted in Instagram, said advertising analyst and social media marketing expert, Debra Aho William. The recent move by Instagram is also expected to give a significant boost to their revenue [+more]
Advertising new brands and products on the social networking sites have become a common phenomenon these days and it seems Pinterest as well as Instagram have taken some initiatives to improvise the experience of the users. According to the reports, Pinterest has adopted some measures to make purchasing a much streamlined job while Instagram is now open for advertisements of all kinds. Popular as a photography oriented website, Instagram’s new initiatives is expected to help advertisers easily reach their targeted audiences by using information and demographic they pick up from Facebook, reports TechRadar. While Instagram is following the footsteps of Facebook, the $11 billion online pinboard, which was so far a platform to display different innovations and products, will now allow users to make purchase at ease. As per the reports, the network has now decided to add “buy it pins” to allow users to make purchase from the mobile [+more]
According to a recent change in policy, Instagram will now allow mothers to post breast feeding photographs on their accounts. The photos can also include the ones which showcase post pregnancy marks and stretches. Instagram recently updated its community guidelines, which clearly states details regarding content sharing through Instagram. It also specifies which content or photograph will be removed from user accounts if they are found violating the terms and conditions mentioned in the guidelines. A popular mobile application, Instagram’s guidelines reflect the standard community guidelines of its parent company, Facebook. The new guidelines state: “We are well aware of the fact that there are several moments when our users want to share their nude images which are taken from a creative or artistic perception but it is our policy that we do not tolerate nudity or sexual content on Instagram. These content include provoked nudity displaying sexual intercourse and [+more]
Facebook-owned Instagram is likely to be working towards developing a new photo messaging app in order to compete with popular rivals like Snapchat. The Verge has said in a report that Instagram is likely to have mistakenly leaked the existence of a new Snapchat competitor dubbed as Bolt, which appeared on a new banner ad inside the current Instagram for Android app. Twitter user Richard Groves snapped a screenshot reading “Introducing Bolt,” promising “one tap photo messaging” and offering a link to download the free app via the Google Play Store. The link was taking the users nowhere and the banner ad vanished 15 minutes later. But by that time several late night users spotted the same message lurking in their own Instagram installations. However, a report by TechCrunch has suggested that the app could be a fictional title instead. Sarah Perez has been quoted saying that “It’s worth pointing [+more]
It seems all is not well between Twitter and Instagram. After selling itself to Facebook it has disabled integration with Twitter. The photo sharing app instagram has disabled the features that lets Twitter to properly display its photos. If you still want to share your Instagram photos on Twitter, you can do that but they won’t show on Twitter properly. “This is due to Instagram disabling its Twitter cards integration, and as a result, photos are being displayed using a pre-cards experience,” the micro blogging site added. According to thesources, the move shows the growing rivalry between Twitter and Instagram. By disabling Twitter cards, Instagram will force Twitter users to click through to its site to see the entire image, the souce added.
All is not well between Facebook and Twitter since the time former has bought the image-sharing app Instagram. As per the recent reports, Twitter is all set to answer back Facebook with the updates for its mobile apps which is going be much similar to Instagram. The update will let users apply filters for their pictures and let them share their pictures over micro blogging sites. However, Twitter has already gained so much popularity that introducing an Instagram like feature may seem unnecessary but it will surely give users an ease to share the pictures. To make the sharing on twitter trouble-free Instagram recently revealed, that it will now translate @mentions for users who have a Twitter username different from their Instagram one. According to Tech 2 “if the @mentioned user’s Instagram account is connected to Twitter, her Instagram username will show up in the image caption, while her [+more]
The good news is that the screen of the iPhone 5 has gotten taller. The bad news is that many exicting iOS apps have not been optimized for it. Netflix has been troubled with this too and developers at the movie streaming giant have been working hard to fix this problem. The Netflix app for Apple’s iPhone 5 has now been optimized to suit the taller screen as well as to work on iOS 6. While the iOS Facebook and Twitter apps were optimized from the day the phone was launched, Instagram optimized its apps earlier this week. Netflix is another leader to have made the shift quickly. It’s a lingering situation for users now, but one they are ready to wait for. Apps that have not been redesigned to suit the larger screen would go into a letterbox mode.
The rivalry in the tech race seems to be getting better with each firm hoping to outdo the other. The latest to join the league is Google who following the Facebook-Instagram acquisition has now bought Snapseed, which is a photo editing-and-sharing app. Following their own line of thought, the merge of search giant and iOS photo-sharing app was announced in a post by Vic Gandotra, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Google. Here is the link to his post on Google+ https://plus.google.com/+VicGundotra/posts Vic welcomed the Nic software and said, “We want to help our users create photos they absolutely love, and in our experience Nik does this better than anyone.” He also mentioned that Google+ now has around 400,000,000 users since its launch 12 months ago. Trying to get one-on-one with Facebook’s social expertise, Snapseed will let users edit pics and add filters. Users can also share photos on Facebook, Flickr or [+more]
Quite opposite to all speculations we have heard so far, Instagram- the famous photo sharing app won’t be seen in the Windows Phone, at least for a while. As reported in the VentureBeat, sources have revealed that developers at the photo sharing firm, now owned by Facebook, are not working on any app for Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. Earlier, there have been many reports indicating that Instagram will be available on Windows Phone. The app is currently available on iPhone and Android. The rumors started off on blaze when Nokia released a video promo of Lumia 920, which had an Instagram for Windows Phone icon on the phone’s home screen. But that is just not the case. Maybe previously, developers at Instagram were working on to make a version for Microsoft’s mobile operating system, but as per news, the Facebook-owned firm has no plans to launch a Windows Phone app. [+more]