September 7, 2011
The Rise In Popularity Of Instagram
With the increasing popularity of social media communication, here comes another application that’s been creating a huge buzz around the internet for a while now: the image uploading app. Instagram. Instagram is so popular that it has gained more than 4.5 million users in less than a year. Like Twitter, members can follow your posts but instead of words, you get to post photos and then your follower can “like” your photos and leave you comments, for whatever reason, many people are fascinated by this. But what’s even more amazing about Instagram is that even professional fashion photographers and Hollywood celebrities are getting hooked by its immense popularity. It has even caught the attention of the number one social media site: FaceBook.
Tags: Infographic, Instagram
June 15, 2011
Apparently the social networking giant is becoming a little envious of Instagram, as new rumors are emerging that Facebook is releasing an iOS app to challenge the photo sharing novice.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook is secretly building an iOS app that borrows the best from Instagram, Color and Path (the latter which never really took off).
While it’s puzzling why Facebook would create a separate app for photos (which might confuse users), jumping in the photo sharing space is a smart move for Facebook as it would help them thwart the rise of new rivals like Twitter, as well as kill off current contenders like Flickr.
It’s still unclear whether Facebook will simply focus on photo sharing with filters (like Instagram), or integrate videos as well, although either way Facebook’s potential entrance into the market is probably sending shivers down everyone’s spine save Twitter.
For those of you addicted to photo sharing services like Instagram, Flickr or (for the few) Path, what are your thoughts regarding Facebook’s rumored app?
Would you consider dumping your current photo sharing service for Facebook, or would you continue to use alternatives instead of the social networking king?
Image Credit: TechCrunch
Tags: Facebook, Instagram
May 24, 2011
For those of you unfamiliar with the photo social network known as Instagram, it’s basically a cross between Flickr and Twitter (with a dozen plus photo filters to help spice things up).
Despite being only 7 months old and operating underneath Facebook’s and Flickr’s shadow, Instagram has become a blockbuster hit with the site now adding over a million users per month!
Co-Founder Kevin Systrom revealed Instagram’s latest stats upon TechCrunch Disrupt, and announced that the platform now boasts 4.25 million users who are uploading an average of 10 photos per second.
What’s incredible about Instagram’s growth is the fact that users can only access and upload photos via an iOS device (or rather the iPhone as Instagram lacks an iPad app).
Note: Instagram is rumored to be working on an Android app, although they refuse to give an ETA on when it will appear upon Android Market.
Instagram’s biggest rival (aside from Flickr) is probably Path.com, whose iOS only strategy has not yielded similar results.
Have you tried Instagram? If so, what are your favorite filters? Also do you think Instagram could challenge Flickr in the future?