Considering that Facebook spent a cool billion dollars on Instagram when it acquired it early last year, it only makes sense that it would want to get some of that money back. As a consequence, the moment many users of the popular photo sharing service have long feared is now on its way (eventually, anyway): ads are coming to Instagram, according to the Wall Street Journal.
If you're using a third-party Instagram-connected app that uses either "Insta" or "Gram" in its name, that's likely to change in the weeks ahead as the Facebook-owned photo sharing service begins cracking down harder on copycats.
If you frequent Reddit and sites like it, you're likely familiar with Imgur, the photo sharing site of choice when you want to create memes featuring the likes of Bad Luck Brian and Overly Attached Girlfriend. As of this month, it's now available for iOS, which means you no longer have to run to your desktop when you're ready to post your next upvote-worthy image.
Today during Facebook's earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the fears expressed by many users when the social-networking behemoth acquired Instagram--ads will eventually be coming to the popular photo sharing service. It was bound to happen at some point (even if Zuckerberg and his billion-dollar check hadn't showed up), as Instagram hasn't generated any revenue for years.
Messaging is perhaps the hottest category of app around, so it's little surprise developers keep finding new ways to enlist new users while retaining those already hooked -- and imo's new Broadcasts promises to do just that.
When it comes to photo-centric social networks, some may shy away from the Facebook-owned Instagram if they prefer a quieter environment for sharing images. But what if you could dial out the noise and actually tame the Instagram experience instead? That’s the premise behind Gramatica for Instagram, a $0.99 app that serves up a handful of features currently overlooked by the photo sharing service. Want to quickly switch between multiple accounts? Prefer to filter out certain tags, photos, or even entire users? Gramatica has your back.
Most image editing apps for iOS are built to enhance photos or add artistic flourishes such as filters and frames, but what about using text to get your message across? Swipe makes it fun and easy to adorn your pictures with type and quickly share them with the world. The app is a model of simplicity: Merely swipe your finger across the screen wherever you want to add text, tweak to your liking, and then whisk the results off to most anywhere you’d like.
Digisocial is the latest free iPhone app with ambitions to become its own mobile social network. Instantly familiar in design to anyone who’s used Instagram or Path, Digisocial adds the ability to send and receive HD-quality voice messages, and even record audio to accompany uploaded images. It’s a clever idea that mostly works as promised – the app is fast and responsive at sending text or voice messages, and it’s quite entertaining the first few times you use it. Unfortunately, I can’t help but think Digisocial is just one announcement away from obsolescence, should an existing rival decide to incorporate the same concept.
Billed as “smart calling for your smartphone,” a new iOS and Android app called Sidecar.me debuted on Tuesday offers “a completely new communication experience” including free calls anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.
It has been quite the manic Monday around MacLife.com, with widespread rumors of new Macs swirling fast and furious throughout the internet. As always, we try to take them with a grain of salt -- and speaking of which, now is a good time to take a long, hard look at DigiTimes, a frequently cited source for said rumors. Read on and find out all about that and everything else making news for this Monday, May 14, 2012.