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Flickr 3.0 brings complete UX overhaul, feels like Instagram for grown ups

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After introducing Flickr 2.0 almost a year ago, the photo sharing service is getting yet another resdesign on mobile with Flickr 3.0. This is actually the second time the photo sharing service has attempted to reinvent itself, after last year’s 2.0 prettied things up a bit (also bringing with it 1TB of cloud storage), but unfortunately made the app more functionally retarded than ever before. It’s Flickr 3.0 that looks to fix this, while introducing a completely new UX.

With Flickr 3.0, we’re seeing the photo sharing service become more like Instagram than ever before. User profiles, picture feeds — all that. It’s extremely similar to the way Instagram handles picture sharing. Photos can be favorited, commented on, or saved to your device.

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Like Instagram for gown ups, you can view photos in much higher resolution than IG (as well as all their EXIF data), edit them using the traditional photo editing tools, or apply a variety of supplied filters. Save those tired memes for Instagram and Facebook. Flickr even added in-app video recording and allows users to not only record HD video and share with your friends, but create zany movie moments by pausing video like on Instagram/Vine.

With 1TB of free storage, we’re going to give Flickr another try. Hopefully we can stick with it this time.

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Instagram crosses 200 million users, welcomes Oculus to the family

In news that Zuckerberg, Luckey & Co. hope bodes well for Facebook’s latest acquisition, Instagram just announced it’s crossed 200 million users, with over 50 million joining in the last six months and 50 billion photos shared so far. Facebook CEO Zuckerberg mentioned the number during his conference call discussing his company’s purchase of Oculus VR, highlighting Instagram’s better-than-expected growth as an example of how it continues to operate independently within Facebook. Recent developments have included ads, a revamped app for Android and testing out integration of Facebook Places instead of Foursquare, but so far Instagram doesn’t even use Facebook accounts for logins. We’ll see if that changes anytime soon, or if the team finds itself redirected to work on filters for the virtual reality experiences its owner is suddenly jumping into.

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Instagram may ditch Foursquare for location tagging

Instragram may be migrating away from Foursquare. The photo sharing service currently uses Foursquares database for their location services. It seems that Instagram is now testing Facebook Places for that location tagging feature, an odd move considering the breadth of other popular services currently sing Foursquare.


Instagram, of course, is owned by Facebook. Foursquare, of course, relies heavily on people “checking in” using their service while out and about. The check-in feature led Instagram to tap them originally, but with Places coming along as people use Facebook to note where they are, Instagram may have reason to switch over.

Foursquare’s API powers services like Twitter, Uber, and Flickr. The constant crouwdsourcing provides a more up-to-date idea of what’s what in an area. When a business closes, it’s noted quicker than with traditional methods. Others, Facebook included, are trying to accomplish the same.

An Instagram spokesperson downplayed the testing to Fast Company, telling them they “constantly testing experiences throughout the app to provide the best possible user experience as part of future planning”. While we don’t think Facebook’s check-in feature is bad, it’s likely not as robust as Foursquare. Then again, Facebook may be tapping Instagram users to build out their service, rather than Instagram simply using a different back-end API.

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Instagram is testing Facebook Places integration for location tagging

It looks like Zuckerberg and Co. may be looking to make a big push for Facebook Places, and an on-going trial indicates that it could start with Instagram. The folks in Menlo Park are testing the social networks’ own service for adding location info, but for now, Foursquare remains an option for sharing inside its popular filter-driven photo editor. In fact, some users have already encountered the tweak. Instagram has long used Foursquare’s API and venue data for attaching snapshots to a particular place, and there’s no guarantee that the trials will even make it to a new version of the app. Of course, in addition to Foursquare, users can beam photos to Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr in addition to the parent social network. We reached out for a comment on the matter and we recieved the following statement from an Instagram spokesperson:

Foursquare is a great partner, and people will continue to be able to share their check-ins to Foursquare from Instagram. We are constantly testing experiences throughout the app to provide the best possible user experience as part of future planning.

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Instagram update focuses on cleaning up design, boosting performance

Interface refresh lets the app scale well on devices with a range of screen sizes

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a major update to Instagram, but an update slated to be released today is going to give the photography app a fresh look and improved performance. The main focus is under-the-hood peformance — Instagram says that the profile screen will load twice as fast in the latest version, and the app itself is now half the size after optimizing.

“In taking time to polish our designs, we’ve worked to make sure that Instagram feels native and at home on any Android device.”

On the design side, Instagram is working to make the app easier to use on devices of nearly any size with some smart interface choices. Often-used buttons will be easier to reach on devices with larger screens, but interface chrome won’t take up too much room on lower-end devices with small screens. The app will remain familiar to anyone who has spent time in Instagram before, but with some appreciable improvements.

Instagram version 5.1 will be available today in Google Play, although at the time of posting it isn’t live just yet. Keep an eye on the Play Store listing at the link above to get it as soon as possible.

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Instagram Getting Big Update, Brings Sleeker UI and Performance Boost

An update is hitting Google Play this morning for Instagram, version 5.1. Inside the update, users will be met with a refreshed user interface, one which is much more flat, taking cues from the iOS version of the app. By simplifying the app’s design, the developers have been able to cut the app’s size significantly, increasing the app’s speed all over the place. 

You won’t see any new filters or other editing tools in the update, but with a nice facelift, it’s as if Instagram has been given new life.

If you haven’t noticed, it doesn’t appear that advertisements on the app have been all too crazy, so maybe Facebook’s purchase of IG wasn’t the worst thing to happen. Or it could be that they’re too busy writing checks for WhatsApp.

Go grab the download off of Google Play.

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Instagram does your selfies a favor with an improved Lux feature for iOS

Go ahead, ask any youngster around you: selfies are serious business. No one is more mindful of that universal truth than Instagram, which is why it pushed out yet another iOS app update earlier today. No, there aren’t any new filters (isn’t 19 enough?) — instead, the company brought some much-needed control to its Lux feature.

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‘Instagram Direct’ private messaging is now official

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Direct messages from strangers require extra step before receiving

Following a general rumble of expectation for weeks, Instagram has just launched its own private messaging service. With the latest update to version 5 of the app, you can now send images and videos directly to individuals and groups rather than your entire follower base.

You'll be able to select where your image goes — to "Followers" or "Direct" — after you've taken and edited your picture or video, and if you select Direct you'll have a choice of sending to just one or several people you choose. Once sent, you'll see an indication underneath the picture of who has seen and liked the photo, along with a standard Instagram comment thread underneath. It's the same Instagram experience you know, but with a smaller audience.

You can go straight into the Direct portion of the app with a new inbox button in the top left of the home screen, where you'll see both read and unread messages, along with "Direct Requests" from people that you don't follow. The latest update is already live in the Play Store, so have at it.

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Instagram Direct brings photo and video messaging to image sharing platform

Instagram announced new features for their image sharing platform at a small press event this morning. Dubbed Instagram Direct, the service now allows you to share images privately to up to 15 people at a time, giving you and your friends a private look at the joys, laughs, cries and sorrows of life.

Instagram Direct messages can show up between all the content in your main feed, and users will be able to like and comment on photos and videos just as they would on a public post. Users can control who is allowed to share photos with them, so you won’t be getting any inappropriate pics from that immature friend you don’t trust.

It’s not the biggest, most unique thing in the world, but if you already have your photo-sharing life wrapped up in Instagram we’re sure you’ll come to love these features. The upgrade should be hitting the Google Play Store at some point today.

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Instagram Direct image and video messaging arrives with v5.0 update

The December 12th Instagram event has just wrapped and as had been rumored, they will be adding messaging to the service. This is being introduced as Instagram Direct and it will allow users to send image and video messages to friends. While there is more to this, there was some comparison to days of old and sitting around a box of photos and having a conversation.

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Instagram Direct sort of takes that concept into the present day. That being said, this is arriving as the v5.0 update and it will be available by way of the Google Play Store a bit later today. During the announcement we learned how users will be able to send these messages to one person and up to 15 people in total and about how the process begins by tapping the “Send to One” button.

Once the message has been sent a return to that image will show (underneath the pic), the profile image for yourself as well as the person(s) the image was sent to. This is where the read receipts come into play. The profile pic of the recipients will initially be faded out. They will then come to full color after the person sees the message. Furthermore, a check mark will appear when they view and a heart will appear if they like.

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Aside from simply viewing and liking the image, the conversation takes place below the image. You will be able to chat back and forth between the person or persons that you sent the message to. These messages were referred to as “Moments” during the announcement and they will all live in your inbox. They can also be re-visited later. And users will get a notification of new messages in the upper right corner of the Instagram app.

Basically, Instagram Direct is about having a conversation around an image. There is one important aspect here — your Instagram inbox is not going to be spammed and overflowing. Instagram has this set so anyone can send anyone an image, however you will only receive inbox notifications from those you follow. Hence, no overflowing inbox of message spam. Otherwise, any new messages from those you don’t follow will show up in the pending request section of the app.

Again, this is the Instagram v5.0 update and it is expected to go live in the Google Play Store later today.

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Instagram To Release Version 5.0 With ‘Instagram Direct’ To Google Play Today [Update: APK Download]

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It’s been a pretty big year for Instagram. So far, it has released several big new features including video and people tagging. To end 2013 on a high note, Instagram announced today that it is launching Instagram Direct – a new private sharing feature. Highlights include:

  • The ability to share photos privately with up to 15 people.
  • See who has seen, liked, and commented on your privately-shared photo in real time.
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Instagram Announces Instagram Direct, Private Video and Photo Messenger Built Into Instagram

Instagram, the filter-centric social network, took to the stage this morning before a small crowd of press to announce their latest experiment, Instagram Direct. Instagram already lets you share photos with everyone on your list, but no real option for messaging and keeping up with specific followers. Instagram Direct allows users to share photos with select groups of people to keep that inside joke a secret or share something special with a loved one. 

Available for Android today, the new update will add an inbox feature into Instagram that allows users to start private conversations with people or groups of people. A direct message has to start off with a photo, but from there, text can be exchanged back and forth between the members of that group. Instagram now has a real time list of users running on it so you can see your friends online as they open the app and you will get notifications as soon as someone likes your photo or replies to your direct message.

Here is how it works:

To send a photo or video to specific people, tap the camera button to enter the same simple photo or video capture and editing screens. At the top of the share screen, you’ll see the option to share with your followers (“Followers”) or to send to specific people (“Direct”). To send using Direct, tap the names of the people you want to send your photo or video to, write your caption, tap “send” and you’re done.

Instagram 5.0 will be available for download in Google Play sometime later today. Will you use this, or is it just another messaging service in the long list out there?

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Instagram sends out event invitations for December 12

Instagram sent out invitations to members of the press recently, inviting them to “share a moment” with the team. The invitations, which came with a block of wood covered in an Instagram photo, note that the event is at 10am on Decemer 12th in Manhattan. The block of wood also has a slit in the back, which seems to be for hanging on a wall.

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Instagram recently added advertisements to the fold, which came shortly after a $1 billion purchase from Facebook. There are also rumors that Instagram has been planning to add a messaging service to the mix, which we speculated was the reason for a recent departure form their management team. Facebook is said to have made a $3 billion offer for Snapchat, which we believe could have been rolled into Instagram. Snapchat then hired away Instagram’s Director of Business Operations, naming her COO.

The invitation itself hints at something else, though. It could signal a printing and shipment service for Instagram, even mounting the pictures creatively in the process. Though interesting, it seems a far cry from, well, useful. We like digital photo storage, and capturing memories is often done via mobile. Home printers are also in a space where photo printing is easily accomplished, and mounting a photo just takes a little elbow grease.

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Then again, Instagram may have just bee trying to be kitsch and fun, which we applaud. An Instagram spokesperson declined comment to CNET, so we are left with nothing other than speculation on what’s in store. Messaging would be nice, but it could be anything. Direct photo sharing, maybe?

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Instagram credits Thanksgiving and Hanukkah 2013 as “busiest day” to date

Instagram has recently shared news about how Thanksgiving has once again proven to be a busy day for them. News along these lines is certainly not going to do anything to help those who think Instagram is all about sharing pictures of your meals. But that aside, the Instagram team has said they “saw record usage as Instagrammers shared a heaping helping of holiday cheer.”

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Without offering any specifics in terms of numbers, there was clear mention of how “your Thanksgiving and Hanukkah-related photos and videos helped make yesterday our busiest day on Instagram so far.” We hope to see an update with some figures from the Instagram team, however in the mean time there is the press page available.

That page offers some stats, which includes monthly actives, images shared, daily likes, average photos per day and the percentage of users outside the US. For this we are seeing the following;

  • 150 million monthly actives
  • 60 percent of people are outside the US
  • 16 billion images have been shared
  • 1.2 billion likes daily
  • 55 million average images per day

The catch with these numbers, they make no mention of when they were last updated. We would believe they are updated often, however the question comes down to whether they were updated before, or after the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah mashup of a holiday. And in the meantime, there are still the rumors about Instagram launching a messaging service next month.

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Instagram rumored to incorporate private messaging system before years end

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The social network giant Instagram, a company recently acquired by Facebook, is rumored to have a private messaging system incorporated sometime in an update before the end of this year. With the company just recently applying videos a few months ago, looks like the next step is  having the users being able to directly contact each other.

I for one don’t think this is a great move. I think part of the reason that plenty love Instagram is how basic and simple it is compared to Facebook and others. I feel adding messaging into it will just start turning it into another mini Facebook of sorts. Either way, it looks like it’s going to be implemented no matter what our idea on it is.

What do you guys think, any Instagram users out there happy that this is coming? Or would you rather have it be left out and keep Instagram the way it is?

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Instagram may offer messaging service in next update

Maybe they saw dollar signs, or maybe it was in the works all along. However it’s come to be, a report from Giga Om suggests that Instagram is ready to package a messaging feature into its service. That would give Instagram a textual spin on their visual sharing powerhouse.

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You’ll hopefully recall that Facebook purchased Instagram for a cool $1billion in early 2012. We’re also reminded that Snapchat is said to have recently turned down a $3 billion offer from Zuckerberg and friends, which could have been a precursor for today’s news. It’s possible that Facebook was intending to cluster Snapchat into Instagram, bolstering its user base and dramatically increasing the utility of both platforms.

It’s also possible that the reason for such a rebuff was that Snapchat didn’t want to lose their identity inside of Instagram, if that were the case. The Instagram messaging service is said to offer both private and group chats, mimicking many contemporary services like the aforementioned Snapchat and iMessage. It would also put Instagram toe-to-toe with Google’s Hangouts.

When will we see this new function? According to Giga Om’s sources, it should show up in an Instagram update prior to the end of the year. Good timing for Instagram, with other services strengthening their stake, and the holidays fast approaching. With so many new phones exchanging hands, people will want somewhere to share their pics, and a place to converse about it all. Increasingly so, we don’t want to migrate between services to do that.

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Dayframe digital photo frame app exits beta

Dayframe is an app that we have been looking at recently. Details of the app emerged earlier in the month and thanks to an available beta, we were able to take an early look at the app. Basically, Dayframe will turn your Android tablet or smartphone into a digital photo frame.

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The app brings support for a wide variety of online services. Not to mention, the ability to pull images that are stored locally. The supported services include Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, Dropbox, 500px, Google+ and Twitter. Launching the app for the first time will allow you to set the sources, however these can always be adjusted later on.

And nicely, once a service has been set, there are options to further customize. Take Tumblr for example, you can choose to have it display your dashboard or liked photos as well as images from those you follow. The app also has options for those looking to do a bit of image exploration. Or in other words, you can use Dayframe without using your personal images.

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Dayframe has a Discover option that allows you to pick from a list of interests, which are then used to narrow down topics and people to follow. Other options within the app include timers, slideshows and ways to make sure you turn Dayframe off before running your device completely dry of battery life. Another use case example is to show live party pics using Dayframe and Instagram.

All that having been said, the important part here is that Dayframe has exited beta and is now available for all. And along with the public non-beta release, the app has also been given proper support for Android 4.4 Kit Kat, which was an issue for us when we took that early look last week. Anyway, Dayframe is free to download and free to use and can be found using the source link sitting below.

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Facebook Home Receives Update – Brings Instagram and Pinterest Support, Plus New Icon

Facebook Home Receives Update - Brings Instagram and Pinterest Support, Plus New Icon

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Facebook pushed out an update to Facebook Home yesterday, which includes support for users of Instagram and Pinterest, as well as a fancy new Home icon. Other services, such as Flickr and Tumblr, also received support for the third party launcher app. 

The app still behaves the same, replacing your current lockscreen with a steady stream of status updates and pictures from your friends on Facebook. What was funny to us is that since Instagram now supports ads, will you have to see the sponsored posts on Facebook Home, as well? That remains to be seen.

Here is the changelog taken from Google Play.

What’s New:

  • Use the Home app just as your lock screen or as your lock screen and app launcher
  • Updated app launcher
  • See photos and posts from Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr on your lock screen

Is anyone using this still?

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Instagram shares an example of what ads will look like for users

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As we reported earlier this month,  Instagram announced that they would be placing advertisements in your stream. Now we finally have a look at what these ads will look like. In a company blog post, Instagram explained that “you’ll know a photo or video is an advertisement when you see the “Sponsored” label where the time stamp normally would be.” Sometime next week, this ad will be on millions of users’ feeds to show how exactly their new sponsor system works.

Instagram wants feedback on the sponsored ads that will be arriving. They urge that ”if you see an ad that doesn’t interest you, you can tap the “…” below it to hide it and provide feedback about what you didn’t like. This will help us show you more interesting ads in the future.” Let us know when you start seeing this ad and others arriving into your stream.

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Instagram advertising shown off and given timeline for arrival

Instagram began preparing users for in-feed advertisements a while back. We had known these were coming for quite some time and the talk surfaced again earlier in the month. At that time we were seeing details about how these were going to be arriving in the “next couple months” and how they would initially be delivered as a “small number of beautiful, high-quality photos and videos.”

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Well, it looks like the Instagram team has returned with another status update. And this time around we are begin given an updated timeline and also a better look at what can be expected. First and foremost, those in the US are being told they will see a sample ad “in the coming week.” This sample is described as being a “one-time ad from the Instagram team that’s meant to give you a sense for the look and feel.”

A preview of what can be expected can be seen in the image sitting higher up in the post. These will be sent as a regular image in your feed. That is to say you will still see an image and even have the option to like or comment on that image. The main difference appears to be in the upper right hand corner. Instead of a time, you will see the word Sponsored.

Users will also be able to tap that to learn more about how advertising will work on Instagram. Additionally, a tap of the three dots in the lower right will let you tell Instagram that particular advertisement doesn’t interest you. From that you will be able to provide feedback about what you dislike.

Otherwise, there was still mention of how the Instagram team is going to begin with “a handful of brands that are already great members of the Instagram community” and about how they want the ads to be “creative and engaging.” Like it, or leave it, but advertisements will soon be in your Instagram feed.

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Instagram Update Allows Android Users to Straighten Photos

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Good news for all of you folks on Instagram. Those of you jealous that iPhone users have had the ability to straighten their photos for months now, don’t have to be. With today’s update, Android users have the ability to do the same. Other features include the ability to control sound and data usage in regards to the video portion of Instagram. The update isn’t available just yet, but should be here sometime today. We have the download link and QR code after the break. Enjoy!

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Instagram update introduces photo straightening, Android app is almost up to speed with iOS version

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Hot on the heels of Twitter’s exclusive announcement earlier this afternoon, is Facebook-owned Instagram announcing (on Twitter, ironically) that they’ll soon be pushing out a sizable update to the Google Play Store later today.

The latest update is said to finally bring the Instagram Android app up to speed with its iOS counterpart. Where #IGers on iOS have been able to straighten photos for sometime, it’s one of the latest features that’s finally making its way to Android.

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Other improvements include “sound and data usage controls” when dealing with Instagram videos. It wasn’t exactly clear what that might entail (the update isn’t live on the Play Store quite yet) it seems users will finally be able to mute videos by default (similar to a recent Vine update) and playback videos in lower quality while using the cellular network.

While all of these are welcome additions, they’re still leaving out one crucial feature: the ability to add “cinema stabilization” to shaky Android vids, something iOS users have been enjoying for awhile now. We’ll find out once the update hits the Play Store later today.

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Instagram Updated to Bring Photo Straightening, Data Usage Controls

Instagram Updated to Bring Photo Straightening, Data Usage Controls

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An update is rolling out for Instagram today over on Google Play, bringing with it a photo straightening feature and a few data usage controls for video uploading. While it isn’t the biggest update we have seen (we would love to see some more filters possibly), it’s still on its way to being as refined as the iOS version. 

You can go grab the update on Google Play right now.

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Ads rolling out to Instagram in coming months

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It had to happen eventually. One of the last great ad-free mobile services, bought out by Facebook and looking to find a way to monetize its huge userbase, Instagram will soon begin feeding advertisements to users in the US. The rollout of ads will be gradual, and the format will most resemble Twitter’s promoted tweets. Ads will appear in a users feed as paid-for photos and videos.

This means brands that you don’t currently follow will appear next to the friends and users that you do. Because the change might rub some the wrong way, Instagram is easing us into things by using ads sparingly over the next few months, and at first only supporting brands that already have an established presence on the social network.

Instagram is also using the slow rollout as an opportunity to refine the advertisements on the network. Users can hide unwanted ads and provide feedback about why they did not want to see the promoted content in their feed. We can’t complain too much, as Instagram has been a free service with no clear revenue stream since its inception. The people behind it have to start making money somehow. If we must accept this inevitability, at least the company is giving the impression that they are dedicated to only providing quality advertisement.

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Instagram talks in-feed advertisements ahead of launch

We knew advertisements would soon begin showing up in our Instagram feeds, however the company has recently shared a bit more detail in terms of what these will look like and how it will all work. There wasn’t a specific date given in terms of when and instead Instagram has said these will be arriving sometime in the “next couple months.”

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Perhaps in anticipation of the uproar that will likely follow the arrival of the advertisements, Instagram has said they will initially be “delivering a small number of beautiful, high-quality photos and videos.” Similar to the lack of a specific date, Instagram has yet to name any of the advertisers. At this time it was said they would be from a “handful of brands that are already great members of the Instagram community.”

Simply put, it looks like the folks at Instagram are going to try to ease users in. The other item mentioned was frequency. But again, the Instagram team was light on the specifics having only said users will be seeing an “occasional” ad in their feed.

Further details here point towards how the Instagram team is trying to “make any advertisements you see feel as natural to Instagram as the photos and videos many of you already enjoy from your favorite brands.” With that in mind, it seems fairly easy to take a stand and think this will ruin Instagram, however we are going to try going in with a more open mind. And who knows, maybe you will end up discovering some share-worthy images that are actually being sent as an advertisement.

Finally, while the ads are coming and there is nothing Instagram users can do short of leaving the service, it does appear as if you will have some control. You will be able to hide any advertising that you do not like or otherwise object to, and there will also be the opportunity to provide some feedback.

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Ads headed to your Instagram feed, are you Excited?

Instagram AdsIt really isn’t surprising that Instagram will be putting ads in your Instagram feed. They do need to make money somehow on a free app. The company has recently announced that over the next couple of months you might begin to see some ads appearing your feed if you are a US user. There will be photos and videos from brands that you don’t already follow, so don’t panic.

From their announcement it sounds like you might not notice them too much. It won’t be some crazy “take over your screen mid sentence” type of advert. Instagram also mentions that you will have some control over it all by allowing you to hide ads. However, they also mention they will ask for your feedback on what didn’t feel right and why you hid it.

So be on the lookout if you are a big Instagramer and let us know your thoughts on the matter.

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Advertisements coming to an Instagram feed near you

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Ad placements to roll out extremely slowly, be 'beautiful and high quality'

Taking to its official blog to announce the news, Instagram laid out its plan to introduce advertisements into the social photo and video service. It was only a matter of time before Instagram (now owned by Facebook) had to monetize its 150 million users, but it plans to start things off slowly at least. In the coming months, users will start to see both photos and videos in their feed from brands that they don't follow.

The advertisements will be "a small number of beautiful, high-quality photos and videos from a handful of brands that are already great members of the Instagram community," the post claims. Given Instagram's artistic ethos this is probably the best way to go about it — give us something we may want to see already, and we won't complain.

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Instagram Feeds Will Start Displaying Ads In The Next Couple Of Months For Users In The US

Instagram-ThumbLike most social networks, Instagram doesn’t cost a cent to use, but it costs billions of them to own and run. Facebook paid a pretty penny to acquire the network last year, and the time has come to recoup those costs. Soon Instagram will start dishing out ads in the middle of your feed, and it will do so in a way Facebook users should already be familiar with.

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The rollout is expected to take place over the next couple of months to users in the US, at which point they will start seeing the occasional ad pop up in their Instagram feeds.

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Bad News: Instagram Bringing Ads to Your Feed

Bad News: Instagram Bringing Ads to Your Feed

A whole ton of weak sauce just got poured all over your Instagram feed. Today on the company’s blog, Instagram announced that US users will soon see sponsored posts in their feeds, from brands and companies they do not follow. At first, Instagram will ensure that the photos and video advertisements will be “beautiful and […]

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Instagram refreshed for iOS 7 with larger images and videos, available for download today

Instagram refreshed for iOS 7 with larger images and videos, available for download today

Instagram may have missed the initial iOS 7 update run last week, but the retooled iPhone app is good to go now. Version 4.2, available for download today, brings design tweaks that mesh better with the latest iOS, with a slightly simpler interface and rounded profile pictures in the feed. Additionally, photos and video are a bit larger, and the resolution has been increased as well, enabling a better viewing experience overall. Instagram for iOS 7 can be yours right now. You’ll find the download at the source link below.

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