Instagram Delivers 64,000 Photos From 2012 London Games [Infographic]

Olympics and Instagram Infographic

Ryan Seacrest at OlympicsInstagram has only been around since 2010 but the social photo sharing service is quickly becoming a vehicle not only for traditional photo posting but also as a way to share events with massive reach. Thesocial media engagement and monitoring firmVenueSeenrecently took a look at photo sharing during the 2012 Summer Olympics and discovered that more than 64,000 pictures were Instagram shared by spectators and athletes in London.

Olympic organizers originally tried to ban the sharing of images, videos and audio recordings from the event, claiming copyright control over events, however with almost every visitor to the London Olympics carrying a smartphone that copyright protection proved to be impossible to control.

The massive sporting event eventually posted guidelines to be followed for athletes and spectators but instead pictures and videos flowed freely.

To determine which photos were Olympic generated the team at VenueSeen examined geo-tagged and hashtagged photos fromthe 2012 Olympics onInstagram. [Read more…]

Insta-WP Makes Wallpaper Creation Fun With Instagram Integration

Insta-WP Main Screen

Insta-WP LogoSeveral months ago I wrote an article about InstaBG.com, a platform that allows users to create daily or static Twitter backgrounds using Instagram photos. Now the company behind InstaBG has created Insta-WP, a program that once again integrates with Instagram, this time to create wallpaper images of various sizes.

Using Insta-WP is very simple, users starts by navigating to Insta-WP at which time they click on the “Create “InstaWallpaper” button.

Insta-WP Main Screen

The next part of the setup is to choose the wallpaper size which ranges from 320 x 480 pixels to a much larger 2048 x 1536. One of the nicest parts of the options screen is that Insta-WP tells you which sizes to use for each of your devices. For example the iPad 3 can use 2048 x 1536 pixel wallpapers while the Galaxy Tab 7.0 relies on 1024 x 600 pixels.

Here’s a preview of the Insta-WP screen size setup: [Read more…]

How Instagram got to $1 Billion [Infographic]

Instagram's Meteoric Rise

It’s not every day that a mobile app is acquired by a social media giant for a cool one billion dollars- which explains why Instagram’s acquisition by Facebook was one of the hottest topics a few weeks ago. Infographic Labs, which previously created an infographic on the Rise of Instagram, tracks Instagram’s journey to $1 billion with this infographic design:
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Instagram:17 Months And $1 Billion Later [Infographic]

Instagram Infographic

Instagram LogoIn March 2010 Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger raised $500,000 for a company called burbn, a platform that would later be renamed Instagram and which would eventually fall under the ownership of Facebook after being purchased for $1 billion. From zero to 30 million users in just 17 months Instagram is a cultural and business success.

In celebration of Instagram’s sale to Facebook the team at Visual.ly has put together an infographic that showcases the apps rise to meteoric success. There are very few apps that can release on Google Android to 1 million app downloads in 24 hours and 5 million downloads in just 6 days but Instagram is that app.

Jon Stewart recently quipped:

“A billion dollars of…money?  For a thing that kind of ruins your photos?”

While Jon may have been talking about Instagram in jest the company has done no wrong since launching, from securing $500,000 then $7 million and $50 million in separate funding rounds the company acquired the right talent, managed its community with ease and ultimately created a fun product that takes social photo sharing to a whole new level that other photo platforms have not yet been able to compete with.

Here’s the Instagram rise to fame infographic: [Read more…]

Facebook Acquisition Pushes Instagram To No. 1 In App Store Downloads

Instagram Number One In App Store

Instagram Number One In App StoreInstagram this week was purchased by Facebook for an astounding $1 billion and following the announcement of the buyout the Instagram App has become the number one downloaded mobile application inside the iOS App Store, marking the first time that that 30 million strong platform has risen to the top of Apple’s free-app catalog.

Instagram announced the milestone in a tweet. The downloads are well deserved as the program currently has a solid five-star rating that has been achieved with the help of 74,833 individual reviews which makes the program one of the most liked among users.

When the acquisition of Instagram was announced on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerbergs personal Facebook page there was skepticism from many people who thought Facebook who destroy the platform, yet the social networks reach to nearly 1 billion users seems to have had the opposite effect as millions of more people flock to the photo sharing service.

In response to the download new users appear to love Instagram, tweeting “too good” and “I use it every day!” [Read more…]

Photo-Sharing Platform Instagram Raising $50 Million During Series B Funding

Instagram

InstagramInstagram 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…]

Instagram Co-Founders Girlfriend Announces Lovestagram Application For Valentine’s Day

Instagram Valentines Day

Instagram Valentines Day

While many of us purchase Valentine’s day cards for our significant others and perhaps a nice bouquet of flowers Kaitlyn Trigger decided to give her boyfriend a much bigger and involved present, a brand new photo sharing platform.

Kaitlyn’s Lovestagram program is so thoughtful because her boyfriend is Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger and it’s his platform she chose to use when creating Lovestagram.

The program is essentially an interactive Valentine’s card maker that implements the Instagram API to create Valentine’s Day cards.

The program works by creating a slideshow of all Instagram photos you share with your special someone by using mutual username tags, photos you took in the same location within one hour of each other and photos where comments have been exchanged.  [Read more…]

Using InstaBG To Make Your Photography Based Twitter Account Shine

InstaBG Welcome Screen

InstaBG ExampleInstaBG is a simple to use program that allows users to pull in various Instagram photos to create awesome Twitter backgrounds for their personal accounts. By simply giving the program access to your Twitter profile you can not only create a nice background but have it auto-updated with fresh picture content each day.

I personally find that InstaBG is great for photographers who want to showcase their most recent digitally stored photographs with very little effort.

To get started you’ll first visit InstaBG.com where you will be greeted with the following display: [Read more…]

Nike Finally Joins The Twitterverse, Tweets Out An Instagram Photo

Nike

Nike

Twitter on Friday received a long awaited brand endorsement when athletic apparel and equipment maker Nike finally joined the social network with the account @Nike.

At the time of this post Nike has managed to amass 19,395 followers during the accounts first day in existence.

Almost immediately following the Twitter accounts release major athletes began following the brand including Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong and Steve Nash among others.

The move to Twitter shows Nike’s dominance over the market after the company managed to rack up more followers than Adidas in less than a 24 hour period. [Read more…]