Instagram has become a behemoth of a photo-sharing site and based off its more than 30 million users and the release of its Google Android based app version last week the company is believed to be close to a new round of massive funding.
According to AllThingsD the San Francisco-based startup plans to grab $50 million in Series B funding which would be led by venture capital firm Sequoia Capital and which would valuate the company at $500 million.
You may recall that back in February 2011 Instagram raised $7 million from Benchmark Capital and a group of big name tech guru’s including Square and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey.
During initial funding Instagram had just 1.75 million registered users. read more
Google’s Blogger platform on Thursday released a new feature that allows users to add webcam images directly into their posts.
The process for using the new feature is simple, select “insert image” and then click “from your webcam” and then take a few pictures, Blogger then keeps the last three photos a user chooses at which point the blogger can choose their favorite webcam stills to feature in their post.
While bloggers seem to like the idea based on comments placed on the official Google Blogger post they have also requested streaming capabilities that would allow them to post live webcam broadcasts on their blogs, much like the Google+ Hangouts feature. read more
Call it an act of hyper-focused marketing, Twitter on Wednesday opened a new office in Detroit, Michigan in order to better serve current and potential marketers, specifically those within the automobile industry.
The new office is being led by Yahoo veteran Greg Myrick and is located in the M@dison Building which is a co-working space located in a 100-year old building. The location is already stock full of several Detroit tech startups and Twitter plans to have a “handful” of employees working out of the location by the end of 2012.
Opening new offices is becoming second nature for Twitter, the social network recently opened locations in Washington, D.C.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Atlanta, Georgia and Austin, Texas while the company’s largest offices are still located in Chicago, New York, Tokyo, London and Dublin. read more
Tumblr on Monday announced that the world’s fastest growing blogging platform has friended Facebook, using the company’s Open Graph API to allow for post sharing via Facebook Timeline, News Feed and Ticker.
Under the company’s new plan users can toggle “Send to Facebook” when posting, share replies on their Facebook Timeline and Share Likes on the Timeline. Each option is also lumped together so you don’t end up with a ton of Tumblr replies all over your Facebook account.
Users can find the new options in the blog settings administrator area. If you have already connected Facebook to your blog you’ll be prompted to upgrade in order to receive the new features.
As should be expected the integration is completely optional so users are not forced to open up their posts to Facebook.
In the meantime Tumblr is hoping users will auto share their posts as a means to grab more traffic through social media sharing. The more content that is shared the better off Tumblr will be. read more
Foursquare over the weekend revoked API right for “Girls Around Me” a social app that allowed visitors to find girls who were within their vicinity.
The app would use Foursquare and Facebook location information to determine the sex of a mobile user and then list any personal information that person made available which was overlaid on a map.
After the app was discovered by John Brownlee at Cult of Mac it went viral however critics soon worried that the app would be used by predators.
While none of the information that was pulled from the Foursquare API violated any terms of service the company chose to proactively remove the program in order to protect female Foursquare users. The issue of morally questionable content has been highlighted in various cases lately, most recently by Tumblr which chose to remove self-harm blogs from its platform.
Apple also apparently felt strongly about the “Girls Around Me” application, removing the program from the Apple App store just hours after the developer lost access to the Foursquare API, of course at that point the application was already useless since it couldn’t pull the location information needed to operate. read more
With social media, everyone wants to know that what they are saying is having an impact on other people. Getting traffic that responds to your posts is extremely exciting, and keeping them coming back is even better. Here are some simple tips you can use to increase your social media traffic and success.
It is not necessary to put on a front and pretend to be something you are not. Online, sooner or later, someone who knows the real you will blow your cover, and the response will be devastating. Besides, it’s also easier to keep up with the right personality if there are no pretenses. People can tell when you are being real or not. read more