April 11, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO — How does a 28-year-old make $400 million in 18 months? With the right idea at the right time in mobile apps for smartphones. Kevin Systrom won the start-up sweepstakes this week when Facebook Inc. said it would pay $1 billion in cash and stock for his photo-sharing app maker, which has a loyal following of 30 million users but never made a dime. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg called Systrom to personally negotiate the deal for the social media giant, which is expected to fetch a valuation of $100 billion as soon as next month when it begins selling shares to the public.
August 29, 2012 |
Pinterest and Instagram, two social networks that gained mainstream popularity in just the last year, are continuing to grow at exponential rates, a new study shows. Weekly visits to Pinterest's website from North American users hit nearly 29 million in July, up from 1.27 million a year earlier, according to Experian Marketing Services. That's an increase of 2,183% for the social network, which has been especially popular among women. Pinterest, which lets users collect and post images the way people do with pinboards in real life, began to see its popularity pick up dramatically early this year.
August 3, 2012 |
Instagram, the hot iPhone app that allows you to share retro-looking photos on Facebook, is quickly inspiring new products for the home. The latest comes from Coastermatic, which creates round sandstone coasters printed with your Instagram photos. Customers log on to their Instagram account and select four pictures. Each image is then printed digitally onto a coaster using a dot-matrix style process. The finished pieces usually arrive in the mail in six to 10 days. Price: $25 for a set of four.
April 10, 2012 |
Is Facebook's buying Instagram the cue for you to exit stage left? Fret not. Your newly attuned eye and filtering skills need not be squandered. There are several alternatives to Instagram if you've got to shoot and share. Here are three for the road. Pixlr-o-matic - This app is available on iOS and Android . It is a Facebook app , a download for your PC or Mac and also a Web-based offering, so you can tweak photos from your files or straight from your webcam.
November 23, 2012 |
With platters of delicious Thanksgiving food being served on elegant tables throughout the U.S., the setting was just right for Instagram to break its records, and it did. The Facebook-owned mobile photo-sharing social network said Thanksgiving 2012 broke all its records. More than 10 million photos whose captions included Thanksgiving-related terms were posted, and for several hours, more than 200 photos were being uploaded every second, Instagram said in a blog post Friday morning.
October 3, 2013 |
As everyone expected when Facebook bought Instagram in 2012, ads are coming to the popular photo and video social network. Instagram announced the news Thursday afternoon, saying it will ease into the process of displaying ads by beginning to show them occasionally. Slowly, users will start to see photos and videos from brands that are active on Instagram, regardless of whether users follow those accounts. "We'll focus on delivering a small number of beautiful, high-quality photos and videos from a handful of brands that are already great members of the Instagram community," Instagram said in a blog . PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 Instagram also said users will be able to hide ads after they see them and provide the social network with feedback on why they didn't like that ad. Facebook, which owns Instagram, has been showing ads on its social network for years, and this year, it is projected to account for nearly 16% of mobile ad revenue worldwide, according to EMarketer.