Questions Arise About Users’ Privacy In Instagram, National Geographic Suspends Photo Sharing


The beloved photo sharing app Instagram has decided to cart off the language from its new term of services indicating that uses’ photo may now emerge in advertisements.

The reaction to this breach of users’ privacy suggested in  terms of services of Instagram had led National Geographic to suspend its posting activity on the photo sharing app.

The language in its terms was declared on Monday was to take effect from January 16 but a hue and cry on social media regarding the policy pushed to company not to put user’s photos in ads.

Currently the photo-sharing service doesn’t run any ads to make money but in future the company is willing to experiment with different kind of advertisements so that it could generate revenue for Facebook.

“Our main goal is to avoid things likes advertising banners you see in other apps that would hurt the Instagram user experience,” Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom wrote in a blog post Tuesday.



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No Instagram for Your Windows Phone, At least for Now!

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.

On being asked to comment, Facebook refused to talk of any existence of lack of such app. Earlier this month, Facebook acquisition of Instagram got official with the deal finally closing in. The photo social site hit the mark of 80 million users and 5 billion photos were reportedly shared in July 2012. The site saw a rise of 50 million users post the announcement of deal.

Considering the news, it seems that Windows Phone users won’t get access to the famous photo sharing app to capture or share pictures within the phone network, at least for the time being!… Read the rest

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The Deal is Official! Facebook Acquires Instagram

The deal is now official. FTC has also given its nod. The social networking site, Facebook is now the owner of photo sharing application, Instagram.

After a long wait, both the companies announced on Friday that their much-awaited deal is now final.

The billion dollar transaction, which now reached $736 million following the collapse of Facebook’s stocks, is now official and complete.

Facebook laid out the welcome carpet for Instagram and said that the latter will continue to serve its users as effectively.

Offering the photo-sharing app an opportunity to grow, Instagram has already shared 5 million photos over the network so far.

It was reported by ComScore that Instagram’s website is at the 56th spot for being the most popular site in the US. It has around 22.7 million unique visitors per month, up from 16.5 million in just a month. The photo sharing site also got 80 million users in July, growing from 50 million in April this year.

“Instagram isn’t going anywhere,” said representatives at Instagram. “The Instagram app and its features will stay the same one you know and love, and we’ll keep working together to build a better Instagram for everyone.”

Mike Schroepfer, VP of engineering, Facebook emphasized on the social networking site’s eagerness to work with Instagram. He said, “Instagram will continue to serve its community, and we will help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure.” He further added, “We also can’t wait to work with the talented Instagram team to improve the mobile experience.”

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Facebook-Instagram Deal Cleared by FTC

The US Federal Trade Commission has given a go ahead to Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, saying that it has no antitrust issues with the deal and will let it advance further.

Getting Facebook a step ahead in the deal, FTC said its commission held a unanimous voting of 5-0 to close the investigation and let the deal move on.

The news was brought forward in a press release by the commission.

Facebook seemed to be pleased by the FTC decision. The social networking site had bought Instagram for $1 billion in cash and company shares in April, a month before going public.

However, Facebook’s shares fell, which put the final deal today at $747 million.

Since photos are a key part of Facebook’s social network, it is believed that technology of Instagram would help the latter improve users’ mobile experience.

Following the announcement of acquisition, Facebook even released “Facebook Camera”, its own photo-sharing app.

Launched in 2010, the photo-sharing app, Instagram, has more than 80 million registered users. The app is also available for Android and iOS devices.

Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive, Facebook said in April that the firm had no plans on “doing many more of these” high-profile acquisitions of companies, which has a wide user base.

He also said that currently Instagram users could anticipate connecting with social networking service competitors such as Tumblr and Twitter. Zuckerberg also said that Facebook would not just try to integrate everything into the social networking site.

Instagram made some innovative integration into its Instargram 3.0., adding a geolocation feature, which indicates that the service is continuing to evolve.

The deal between the two companies has already been approved by the Office of Fair Trading in Britain.

Facebook hoped to close the deal in the second quarter of the year, but awaiting clearance, the firm told potential investors ahead of its May 18 initial public offering that it expects to finalize the transactions by the end of 2012.… Read the rest

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Introducing ‘Photo Maps’- A New Way to Surf Photos on Instagram

Instagram has announced the launch of Instagram 3.0 version, which the company has officially released after an innovative integration of ‘Photo Maps’.

With ‘Photo Maps’, users can see their pictures on a map on their devices that have this photo-sharing app installed. Made to enhance the browsing experience, this new version of Instagram offers more than 80 million people a unique and fun way to browse photos on a map.

Instagram 3.0, available now for iOS and Android, has new layouts that are fresh and familiar for easy use. This application also lets users see other users’ maps from their profiles.

As quoted in a blog by Instagram, “With every major release, we pick a theme – and for this one we’ve focused on the browsing experience. We’ve introduced a new and unique way to browse your photos and others’ photos on a map, which means you’re no longer constrained to browsing through page after page of photos.”

Photo Maps is designed to give users an ultimate surfing experience. With this app, users can browse and see large collection of pictures. After launching Photo Map, this app also offers users a choice to geotag each photo uploaded to insert it into the map going forward.

With Instagram 3.0, users will find it easy to browse photos all through the app. Users profiles, the Explore tab, hashtag, and location pages will display larger grid photos. The app will automatically load more photos at the bottom of each page for infinite scrolling.

The fresh release also includes other style improvements such as tweaked screens. It comes with performance enhancements to make users’ overall Instagram experience much speedier and fresh.

“We’ve also worked hard on updating all the screens in our app to be more visually consistent and polished. You’ll notice new layouts throughout the app that feel fresh, yet familiar. Our engineers have also been hard at work making sure that the browsing experience is as fast as possible,” wrote Instagram in its blog.

The soon-to-be-owned-by-Facebook company said that Instagram 3.0 version also has an added feature to report inappropriate comments. The photo-sharing app has even simplified the process so that users get less spam.… Read the rest

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