Connor Franta isn’t a traditional celebrity by any stretch of the imagination but he does have more than 4 million followers on Instagram. He’s won such a following by producing some truly eye-catching photos and now he’s taken to YouTube to share his secrets for making the “perfect Instagram.” More →
Instagram, the popular photo sharing site owned by Facebook, has never been more popular. Just about a week ago, Instagram proudly announced that it now boasts more than 400 million users who have shared a jaw-dropping 40 billion photos. And speaking to the Instagram’s growing international reach, the service notes that more than 75% of its user base reside outside of the U.S.
The last time Instagram released user metrics was back in December when it said its user base checked in at 300 million users. That being the case, Instagram has impressively grown by more than 30% in just about 10 months time. All that being said, just what exactly are Instagram users taking so many photos of?
Facebook’s mobile apps are some of the most popular apps in the world, used by hundreds of millions of people from all walks of life. The main Facebook app is obviously its most popular one, but other apps like Messenger and Instagram also have huge user bases. But did you know that Facebook has an app that almost no one uses by comparison? This particular app is unpopular by design, because it’s not open to the public. Instead, it’s intended for use only by famous people — but you’re about to get a rare inside look at this mysterious app. More →
Get ready, Instagram fans: the ads in your timeline are about to get much, much more annoying. Instagram wisely chose Apple event day to sneak in an announcement aimed at its advertising partners, and the magic number is 30. Beginning on September 30th, Instagram will allow advertisers to run video ads that are up to 30 seconds in length. What’s more, Instagram users in 30 new countries can look forward to seeing ads hit their timelines.
The list of new countries includes Italy, Spain, Mexico, India and South Korea. More →
The photo everyone’s talking about: ‘The Rock’ in his pool holding cute puppies he saved from drowning
You’ve probably seen Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in many entertaining movies over the years, but you’ve never seen him holding two cute French Bulldogs in each arm after having saved one of them on Labor Day from drowning. Because that’s what The Rock did this weekend. And now everyone’s talking about it More →
What happens when you have the same name as a popular football star and you also own a potentially highly coveted Instagram handle? Just ask Andrés Iniesta — the regular man, not the Spanish superstar — and he’ll tell you that Instagram might freeze you out of your own account for no apparent reason. More →
If you’ve started noticing more and more male nipples plastered on all sorts of pictures of naked or partially undressed women, you’re probably wondering why it’s happening. The answer is pretty straightforward: Instagram and other social networks can tell the differences between male and female nipples, and only the former is allowed to appear in images. More →
Sharing photos quickly with friends and family is easier than ever now that we all have Instagram on our phones, but the popular app has never been the first choice for photo enthusiasts. Filters are great, but what photographers have always wanted is access to the high-res versions of their shots. Years later, it looks like they’re finally getting what they want. More →
In today’s increasingly voyeuristic society, there’s an understandable fascination with how those with rather generous bank accounts tend to live their lives. Indeed, the popularity of Television shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Rich Kids Of Beverly Hills underscores the immense interest in how the more fortunate amongst us spend their time.
For a while now, a Tumblr account titled Rich Kids of Instagram has been documenting how kids who know a thing or two about living the good life are spending their time. And with summer now in full swing, these well-to-do kids are taking their extravagant lifestyle to even more extreme heights.
If you love taking photos and you pride yourself on your Instagram library, likes and followers, then you’ll be happy to learn that your Instagram photo experience is about to get much better. And you might just end up getting even more likes and followers once the company rolls out a major redesign for its website. More →
In an effort to begin monetizing Instagram more seriously, the popular photo-sharing service has plans to infuse a lot more ads into user photostreams. Additionally, the Facebook-owned company announced that it may leverage information gleaned from user Facebook accounts to serve up more targeted ads on corresponding Instagram accounts.
While advertising on Instagram, in a broad sense, is nothing new, previous advertising efforts have been limited to adverts from big time companies like Levis. Under Instagram’s new rules, advertising will now be open to all comers.
It’s well established that anything one posts online these days remains permanently etched on the Internet. The moment a tweet or a photo goes up, it’s practically impossible to scrub it from its new-found digital existence. For most people, this is no big deal as the benefits to be gleaned from sharing items like photos with friends far outweigh any concerns about privacy. But once someone starts profiting from your personal photos, the dynamics of the equation completely change.
Meet Richard Prince, an “artist” whose skill set consists of photographing other people’s photographs, adjusting them slightly, and then selling them for enormous profit. It admittedly sounds bizarre, but Prince has been making a living doing just that for decades now.