Instagram Co-Founder: We Respect That Your Photos Are Your Photos. Period.

Given all of this attention surrounding Instagram’s latest Terms of Service update, the company’s co-founder Kevin Systrom, has taken to their official blog to set the facts straight. In a detailed message to concerned users, Systrom points out that they realize artists and hobbyists alike use their service and by no means is Instagram trying to sell off anybody’s work.  (more…)

About This Instagram ToS Update.

If you’re a frequent user of Instagram, then you may have heard about the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy update that is penciled in for January, 2013. To sum it up, Instagram, purchased by Facebook some three months ago to the tune of $1 billion, is attempting to “borrow” your photos and sell them to third party companies. Your photos will then be used in a manner that directly relates to a company’s product. CNET’s Declan McCullagh had a great example of how this will work.  (more…)

Instagram is Not at War with Twitter [Opinion]

Instagram’s move to no longer support Twitter cards was not an act of war. More importantly, according to Instagram’s CEO, it was not a move influenced by Instagram’s new owner, Facebook. You can choose to buy into the hype that Instagram is fighting against Twitter so that Facebook will win a numbers war it has already won, or you can consider what Instagram is accomplishing by doing this.

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Twitter Update Introduces Photo Filters Just as Instagram Updates With New “Willow” Filter

(Sam Elliot voice.) The battle of filters. Instagram and Twitter. Both receiving updates. Who will push beyond photo boundaries? Defy the social networks? Bring the the “Like” and “Retweet” buttons to their knees? The road doesn’t end here, this is only the beginning. RAM…errr…

Anyways, both Twitter and Instagram did receive updates this afternoon. Instagram introduced a new filter called “Willow,” that to me, just looks black and white. Twitter on the other, included filters into their app for the first time, something we have been expecting. There are eight of these lovely little image enhancers, along with auto-fix and crop actions. And yeah, that’s pretty much that. Both updates are available, so hit up the links below so that your world can become vintage.  (more…)

Likes, Retweets, Double Taps and Smiley Faces: The Economy of Social Networks [Off Topic]

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Lately I have been trying to be more conscious of the reasons behind why I post something on a social network. As I near 19,000 tweets I am keenly aware that I share my thoughts more than most people. I am certainly not anywhere near having the most tweets, but as I have participated in social networks like MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, Path, Instagram, and others over the past few years I have adjusted how much I share and how I share it.

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Instagram Introduces Web-Based Service, Now What Will iOS Users Complain About?

Remember the great day it was when iOS users were up in arms over the release of their favorite application to Android? To sum it up, they were pretty much pissed. Today, I think it’s safe to say that they have grown to accept our enormous presence. Thanks, iOS fans! Big news from the Instagram camp today though, as they have announced that every single one of their users is getting a web-based profile that bares a striking resemblance to Facebook.  (more…)

Facebook’s $1 Billion Instagram Acquisition is Complete, Looks to “Improve Mobile Experience”

Today, both Facebook and Instagram confirmed that the $1 billion deal between the two has officially come to a close. Instagram is now a child of Facebook. According to Facebook, Instagram will remain unchanged and will continue to support their community. Although, with Instagram’s team moving into the Facebook offices, they will now have access to their engineers and developers to help grow the service. A Facebook rep was quoted as saying, “we also can’t wait to work with the talented Instagram team to improve the mobile experience.”

Now, I don’t know if they mean FB’s team will help Instagram’s team or the other way around. If you ask me, keep those Facebook app developers away from my Instagram! No need to go breaking something that doesn’t need fixing. If it’s the other way around, then please Instagram team, help Facebook make a decent app. They need all the help they can get.  (more…)