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Minus Shifts From Instagram Clone To Randomized Chat App In Its Latest Reincarnation As ‘Meow’

unnamedHey, Minus, are you guys alright? Because you’re demonstrating the developer equivalent of multiple personality disorder. Sixteen months after Dropbox-style cloud storage app Minus shifted 180 degrees to take aim at Instagram, it has once again become a completely different service, this time with a new name. Minus is now “Meow,” a randomized chat client, sort of like Omegle or Chatroulette without the video. All that’s left of the latest Minus re-brand, or indeed the original storage app, is the “com.minus.android” APK name.

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Instagram 6.0 heralds new editing tools, filter options

It has been quite a while, but Instagram has just pushed out the latest major revision of its mobile app. In version 6.0, the popular photo sharing service has added a bevy of tools that aims to bring out the creative artist inside of you.

Aside from the social networking community that has grown around the service, one of the most popular features of Instagram is the amount of filters that one can apply to spruce up a photo before sharing it with friends and strangers. One could perhaps claim that without these filters that enabled non-artists to create interesting moods and effects, Instagram wouldn’t have really taken off as much as it did. Building up on that vision of creativity, Instagram, now owned by Facebook, is adding a few more creative tools to the user’s belt.

Taking center stage in this release is a set of photo editing tools. These aren’t just your ordinary crop or rotate tools, but neither are they full blown effects like Amaro, Mayfair, and the rest of the gang. Instead, these are options that will let you fine tune images even further, whether by increasing or decreasing Brightness, creating Highlights or focusing on Shadows, or even controlling the color Saturation of a photo. All of these settings are accessible via that tools menu, represented by the wrench icon, which brings up a whole new tray of options.

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But Instagram wasn’t content with giving users more control over photos. It is also giving them more control over filters themselves. They might not be fine-grained knobs and dials, but double tapping on a filter will bring up a slider that will control just how much of that filter will be applied. Some filters will have additional options, like frames or borders. Instagram v6.0 is free and now up on Google Play Store, so grab it while it’s still hot.

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Instagram 6.0 update brings new editing tools

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Whenever an update hits a new whole number, there are bound to be meaningful changes. Today, Instagram has been updated to version 6.0 and it brings new editing tools. Now users of Instagram can edit photographs by adjusting their brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth and other facets. A new wrench icon will appear while selecting a filter and this leads to the new editing tools.

Hit the break for screenshots and download links. The update is available today in the Play Store.

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Instagram adds nine new editing tools, makes filters adjustable

The problem with trying to be unique on Instagram, is that there are millions of other users spoiling that, using the same darn filters. How dare they. Starting today, things should get a little more varied, as the food photo sharing network has just introduced a host of new features, but most importantly those popular filters are adjustable, too. The new controls include: filter strength, brightness, contrast, warmth, saturation, highlights, shadows, vignette and sharpen. Instagram’s no doubt hoping these new options put it’s free app on a par with some big name paid apps when it comes to editing power. But, unless you like your images square, it might not be a full editing replacement just yet. It’s available for iPhone and Android right now. Fill yer boots.

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Instagram adds bunch of new editing tools

Instagram 6.0 has hit the Google Play Store today, bringing with it some new photo editing features. The features include the ability to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and warmth. In addition, you can now selectively add filters to your photos, controlling the intensity of the change. The new features can be found when adding a filter by selecting the new wrench icon.



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Instagram Gets Update to Version 6.0, Brings Actual Photo Editing Capabilities

A major update is set to hit Instagram on Google Play and the App Store for iOS today. Version 6.0 introduces actual photo editing capabilities, allowing users to do much more than simply applying filters to their photos.

Starting today, users can tweak many different aspects of their work, such as the brightness, saturation, shadows, warmth, and much more.

Below, you can see the full list of improved tools, as well as newly-introduced tools for Instagram users. 

Improved tools

  • Straighten
  • Border
  • Blur/Tilt Shift
  • Crop
  • Lux
  • Rotate
  • Simplified video uploads on iOS

New tools

  • Filter strength
  • Adjust
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Warmth
  • Saturation
  • Highlights
  • Shadows
  • Vignette
  • Sharpen

Ready to get your edit on? Head on over to Google Play and grab the update once it is live. Of course, staged rollouts will likely be in full effect, so if you don’t see the update right away, stay patient.

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Instagram v6.0 Hits Google Play, Brings More Advanced Editing Capabilities

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I know the readers of AP (along with the staff) have very mixed feelings about Instagram. Over the last several months, I’ve personally started to use the photo-based network more and more, even if only for browsing images of guitars (seriously, there are some sexy axes on the ol’ IG). I’ve grown to enjoy it quite a bit.

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However, there’s been a dramatic lack of any photo editing outside of the included filters that IG is already known for.

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Instagram 6.0 puts on its big-boy pants, introduces all new photo editing tools

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I’ve been a big proponent of Instagram ever since the service first launched. A social network centered around using photos to share your daily life, it was a great way to get a peek into your friends and families lives visually. There’s no question when Instagram first launched, its main draw was that it was easy for the casual smartphone user to make their photos look great using simple filters, or other light edits. But that’s where the photo editing stopped.

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Today, Instagram is announcing their all new version 6.0, and it’s as big of an update as they come. Typically, photo perfectionist would go into the photo editing app of their choice (Snapseed, VSCO Came, etc.) and make edits, save those edits, then upload that photo to Instagram. No anymore. With Instagram 6.0′s new photo editing tools, users can now make basic edits to their photographs, adjusting the warmth, brightness, contrast, or saturation of their images before they apply filters. What’s more is the photo filters can now be adjusted on their own, giving users the ability to adjust the intensity for a more subdued filter.

There’s still more work to be done

These new options are much welcomed for sure. But there’s still more work to be done. Despite 1080p smartphones becoming the norm nowadays (and quad HD fast approaching), Instagram still only displays photos in a lower resolution. While this may sound perfect for iOS devices, the world has since moved on from sub-720p. I mean, this is a photo app after all. It’s 2014. Would it kill Instagram to up the resolution even a little bit for full HD devices?

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Also, you may have noticed that no matter how amazing your 15 gigapixel Android camera is, photos you’ve uploaded end up looking like they’ve been snapped with a potato. Turns out the Android version of the app compresses images to a hideous, pixel-ie mess, a problem we should note is not present in the iOS version. The result? Your friends and family gloating over how much better the photos they’ve taken with their iPhone 4 look compared to your Galaxy S5.

We’re not sure entirely sure why the favoritism, but even with countless updates, Instagram has failed to do a damn thing about this issue for years now. Until they do something about this — and it’s possible Instagram 6.0 could have fixed this issue — no amount of photo editing or filters will help your Android photos look like anything more than 16-bit.

We’re anxiously awaiting Instagram 6.0 to hit the Google Play Store. You can update as soon as it goes live via the link below.

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MIT project transforms selfies into pro-style portraits

As it stands, you can spice up your selfies with Instagram filters and other edits before beaming to the interwebs. But what about making a truly compelling smartphone self-portrait? Well, a team of researchers from MIT — alongside folks from Adobe and the University of Virginia — created an algorithm that could allow you to accurately apply the stylings of critically-acclaimed portrait photographers to everyday self-made snapshots. According to MIT grad student YiChang Shih, “style transfer” from the likes of Instagram and other filter-applying apps isn’t well-suited for complementing facial features. Instead, this software uses existing works (Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, and Martin Schoeller are cited as examples) and makes an appropriate match with the captured image. Eyes, beard, skin and lighting are all compared to make an ideal pairing before applying the artistic details. “You can’t get stylizations that are this strong with those kinds of filters,” says Adobe’s Robert Bailey. “You can take a photo that has relatively flat lighting and bring out portrait-style pro lighting on it and remap the highlights as well.”

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Instagram is the latest social network to hit Iran’s blacklist

Iran’s top officials may use social media, but the country’s general populace isn’t allowed to join them. The nation has already banned Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, and yesterday it reportedly added Instagram to the naughty list. According to the AP, a private lawsuit was brought against Iran’s Ministry of Communications, forcing the bureau to restrict access to the Zuckerberg-owned photo-sharing service. There’s no evidence that such filtering is in place right now, and users in Tehran were still able to take some selfies on Friday lunchtime. Still, given that social media is a threat to the country’s conservative establishment, we imagine that someone will keep bringing lawsuits until no-one can utter the phrase “lemme take a selfie.”

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Google Joins Instagram

Google Joins Instagram

If you weren’t getting enough from Google’s social presence on Google+ or Twitter, then feel free to give them a follow on their newly unveiled Instagram account. Through a Tweet sent out that mentioned Google’s current celebration of the Rubik’s Cube, Google announced that it could use more squares in its life going forward and would be joining Facebook’s image-friendly social network.

Give ‘em a follow.

Via:  @Google | Google (Instagram)

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Instagram does users a solid by killing off activity sharing to Facebook

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Today, the folks at Instagram have done their users a solid by killing off activity sharing to Facebook. Once a way to let your grandma on Facebook know how much of a pervert you were, turns out the handy feature was littering timelines with photos of fetishes and everything else your weird uncle likes on Instagram.

Although the changes were announced in the latest 5.0.11 update for iOS, we noticed the the usual prompt asking to share activity to Facebook didn’t appear on the Android version which was recently updated to 5.2.1 on May 11th. Previously, a popup with clever wording would appear just after signing into the app for the first time, asking if you’d like to share your “likes” to Facebook.

This new level of privacy is sure to be welcomed from all IG’ers and we found it an interesting move considering it further separates Instagram as a social network all of its own, away from big brother Facebook.

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New Forums Feature: Embed your best from Twitter and Instagram!

Have you ever wanted to share a tweet or Instagram photo smack-dab in the middle of a forum post? If you have, today is your lucky day! We’ve just added a new feature to our forums that allow you to easily embed tweets or Instagram content directly into your posts.



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Sony officially releases Instagram extension app for Smartwatch 2

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Sony has released an Instagram extension app for the Smartwatch 2 that allows you to check Instagram notifications and comments without touching your phone. It isn’t a complete replacement for the app on your phone, but it’s a useful extension that will help you keep up on any notifications you’re getting. You can adjust how often the app syncs, and it alerts you with a soft vibration on your wrist. Pretty quiet and not intrusive.

The app is freely available in the Play Store, if you happen to own a Smartwatch 2.

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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.

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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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