Instagram Reaches 100 Million Users Milestone


InstagramInstagram has passed a huge milestone, announcing that it now serves more than 100 million monthly active users.

Announced in a blog post by co-founder Kevin Systrom, the news of the tremendous milestone arrives just 28 months after Instagram launched to much fanfare.

In mid-January Instagram announced that it has reached 90 million monthly active users (MAUs). The 90 million mark was the first time Instagram had ever officially revealed MAU data.

News of the 100 million users milestone and the company’s growth of nearly 10 million users in one month arrives after the company’s announced TOS changes caused an uproar and promises of fleeing the photo-based network.¬† [Read more…]

Snapchat Photo Sharing App Arrives for Google Android

Snapchat shot

Snapchat shotSharing photos is a great way to show friends what you’ve been up to, then again sometimes you might not want that unflattering photo you have taken to stick around forever. That’s where Snapchat comes into play. Now available for the Google Android OS, the app allows users to choose when photos they have sent will be deleted.

Users simply take a photo on their mobile device, set a time between one and 10 seconds for the photo to delete and then send the picture.

After the recipient opens the photo they can view it for the allotted time before it is destroyed.

Snapchat has been a hit among iOS users for a while now and was expected to be announced at the Dive Into Mobile conference in New York City before Hurricane Sandy canceled that event.† [Read more…]

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. The†social media engagement and monitoring firm†VenueSeen†recently 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 from†the 2012 Olympics on†Instagram. [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 where you will be greeted with the following display: [Read more…]

Warner Bros. Building Instagram Competitor Called OutMyWindow



Executives at Warner Brothers are in the midst of preparing to take on photo sharing sensation Instagram with a new offering of their own.

According to the company has filed several patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a product called Out My Window which very much appears to be a photo-sharing platform built around  a social network.

Among the company’s filings Fusible reveals:

The goods and services covered in the filings include: peer-to-peer photo and video sharing services, digital enhancement of photographs, digital imaging software, providing temporary use of on-line non-downloadable software and applications, and of course, social networking services provided via the internet. [Read more…]

Twitter Rolls Out User Galleries, Shows Last 100 Tweeted Photos

Twitter Gallery

Twitter Gallery

Twitter on Monday rolled out their new user galleries feature which shows users a gallery of theirs and their followers last 100 tweeted photos from major services including yFrog, TwitPic, Instagram and Twitter’s own native image galleries.

Users can find the new galleries on user profile pages when visiting Twitter through the standard web interface.

The gallery displays up to 100 recent images in chronological order, although videos won’t be displayed at this time and images Tweeted before January 1, 2010 are also not included in galleries.

Twitter users will also notice that profile pages now display thumbnails of the user’s four most recent tweeted photos, pictures that are located directly under the users Twitter statistics, while the “View All” link located under those four photos will open the 100 picture user gallery. [Read more…]

Twitter Announces Photo Sharing With Photobucket, New Search Capabilities

Twitter Photo Sharing

Twitter Photo SharingTwitter on Wednesday took some time at the D9 Conference to officially announce their new photo sharing and hosting service and to talk about a new search architecture for their social network.

Twitter has announced that their images will be hosted by photo hosting website Photobucket and that users can upload their photos using both the online option or through the use of Twitter mobile.

As you’ll notice in the screen capture below the photo option is as simple as clicking on the blue camera button and then choosing the photo you would like to add to your Tweet, that photo is then displayed as a link on your Tweet, much like we’ve seen in the past from TwitPic and other Twitter photo sharing systems. [Read more…]

Dropico: Organize Your Photos, Share Them Across Social Networks

Dropico Interface

Dropico Interface

Sure most of us stick to Facebook these days, but for the truly social network savvy users out there we present you with Dropico, a service which allows users to drag and drop their photos for sharing across various social networks including Facebook, Flickr, .Mobi and others.

Users take advantage of the network by placing all their photos (via drag and drop) into one central location and then dragging and dropping them from the Dropico platform into their social network accounts which are easily setup from the platform.

Using the platform users can also choose to edit photos, including adding tags and editing photo names. New albums can also be created so your photos don’t end up as one big mess, while several photo effect edits can also be performed using the program. [Read more…]