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30 THINGS YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INSTAGRAM


800px-Instagram_Filters_2011 IMAGES Over the last three years Instagram has not only become one of the most dominating social media services, it’s also become one of the most popular websites in the world. In fact, Instagram has been listed as the 21st most popular site in the U.S. – 41st globally. But, does that really matter? After-all, the site was Facebook’s largest acquisition, and in case you didn’t know, Facebook is kind of a big deal. Being under the Facebook umbrella has only increased Instagram’s popularity. After joining the social media juggernaut in April 2012, the Instagram community grew to 80 million users by July. And, that number is constantly growing. Today, Instagram isn’t just used to post selfies. It’s becoming an assist for brands to reach more visitors (thanks to sponsored photos and videos), researchers to discover the happiest city in the UK, celebrities to post all the hijinks at awards like the Golden Globes and to even get pumped for the NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks by comparing quarterbacks. The point? There really doesn’t seem to be any discrepancy amongst Instagram users. It’s a great tool for anyone to use and enjoy. Between being able to share Instagram images on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr accounts, and the implementation of Instagram Direct (which allows users to send photos only to a specific user or group of users, much like Snapchat), it’s a safe bet that the photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking site is only going to get bigger and stronger as time goes on. CONTINUE READING...

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It’s been exactly a week since Instagram rolled out its latest multi-account update which allows users to easily switch between accounts on their device. While the new feature works more or less as expected, it still managed to achieve what software updates in general are often prone to doing – break existing stuff. Specifically, a particularly problematic bug was just discovered in the latest version of Instagram after it turned out that some users can see personal notifications including Direct messages of other users. While the specific cause of this problem is still unknown, there’s little doubt that it’s connected to joint account management. So, if multiple people are managing, i.e. sharing an Instagram account, they will also often receive personal notifications from non-shared accounts of other users with whom they’re sharing a single account. For example, if the Android Headlines Instagram page has three community managers who are updating and managing it, these three now also see each other’s personal notifications and at the moment, there doesn’t seem to be any way to prevent this. Apart from the fact that Instagram users are now receiving notifications which they shouldn’t be receiving, another issue within this issue is that related push notifications are arriving according to the settings chosen by the original users. In other words, many Instagram users are now bombarded with notifications even though their very own accounts are set-up to not do that. READ MORE...

ALSO: INSTAGRAM- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


This is a short list of our most frequently asked questions. For more information about Instagram, or if you need support, please visit our support center. 
What is Instagram? Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever. We're building Instagram to allow you to experience moments in your friends' lives through pictures as they happen. We imagine a world more connected through photos. How much is your app? $0.00 - available for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play store. Where does the name come from? When we were kids we loved playing around with cameras. We loved how different types of old cameras marketed themselves as "instant" - something we take for granted today. We also felt that the snapshots people were taking were kind of like telegrams in that they got sent over the wire to others - so we figured why not combine the two? How did the idea come about? We love taking photos. We always assumed taking interesting photos required a big bulky camera and a couple years of art school. But as mobile phone cameras got better and better, we decided to challenge that assumption. We created Instagram to solve three simple problems: Mobile photos always come out looking mediocre. Our awesome looking filters transform your photos into professional-looking snapshots. Sharing on multiple platforms is a pain - we help you take a picture once, then share it (instantly) on multiple services. Most uploading experiences are clumsy and take forever - we've optimized the experience to be fast and efficient. What other services are you compatible with? Currently, you can share your photos on a photo-by-photo basis on Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter. Additionally, if you specify a location with your photo, you can opt to have us check you in on Foursquare. Going forward, we plan on supporting additional services but have nothing else to announce at this time. READ MORE...

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30 Things You Absolutely Need To Know About Instagram


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MANILA, FEBRUARY 22, 2016 (SEARCHENGINEJOURNAL.COM) Albert Costill Albert Costill - Over the last three years Instagram has not only become one of the most dominating social media services, it’s also become one of the most popular websites in the world. In fact, Instagram has been listed as the 21st most popular site in the U.S. – 41st globally.

But, does that really matter? After-all, the site was Facebook’s largest acquisition, and in case you didn’t know, Facebook is kind of a big deal.

Being under the Facebook umbrella has only increased Instagram’s popularity. After joining the social media juggernaut in April 2012, the Instagram community grew to 80 million users by July. And, that number is constantly growing.

Today, Instagram isn’t just used to post selfies. It’s becoming an assist for brands to reach more visitors (thanks to sponsored photos and videos), researchers to discover the happiest city in the UK, celebrities to post all the hijinks at awards like the Golden Globes and to even get pumped for the NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks by comparing quarterbacks. The point? There really doesn’t seem to be any discrepancy amongst Instagram users.

It’s a great tool for anyone to use and enjoy.

Between being able to share Instagram images on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr accounts, and the implementation of Instagram Direct (which allows users to send photos only to a specific user or group of users, much like Snapchat), it’s a safe bet that the photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking site is only going to get bigger and stronger as time goes on.

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If you’re not up to date on your Instagram knowledge, here are 30 things that you absolutely need to know about Instagram.

1. While working at Nextstop, a a trip-recommendation site that was later acquired by Facebook, founder Kevin Systrom came up with an idea for a “HTML5 mobile web app that let you:

•Check in to locations, Make plans (future check-ins), •Earn points for hanging out with friends, post pictures, and much more.”  Despite raising $500k from Baseline and Andreessen Horowitz in two weeks, people enjoyed the photo-sharing aspect of Burbn. Today, Burbn is just a footnote with an abandoned Twitter feed.

2. Prior to working for Nextstop, Kevin Systrom was offered a job at Google and interned at Odeo, where Twitter was developed. In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg offered Systrom an opportunity to join Facebook. Systrom turned the offer down and later received a cool $500 million after Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion in April 2012.

3. Co-founder Mike Krieger was born in Săo Paulo, Brazil and met Kevin Systrom while both were attending Stanford.

4. Instagram officially launched on October 6, 2010 as an iPhone app. Within one month, it gained 1 million users. It took Foursquare and Twitter 2 years to reach that milestone.

5. As of January 2014, Instagram has 150 million active users, 16 billion photos shared, 1.2 billion likes daily, 55 million photos posted daily and 7.3 daily visitors.

6. To compete with Twitter’s Vine, Instagram released a 15 second video component to their platform on June 20, 2013. Within the first 24 hours, 5 million videos were uploaded. However, Fortune 500 companies have been reluctant to adopt video. Only 4% of adopted video thus far.

7. Thursday is the most common day for Fortune 500 companies to post. However, Sunday is the most effective. The best time to post a video is during off-hours (9pm-8am EST).

8. The 10 most popular brands currently (January 2014) on Instagram are: Nike, Starbucks, NBA, adidas Originals, TopShop, Forever 21, Vans, NFL, Michael Kors and GoPro.

9. The top 10 most-shared brands on Instagram video—which does not count music/TV/film entertainers—with share stats from Sept. 9 to Oct. 9:

•MTV — 134,110 NBA — 68,463

•Peanuts — 43,227

•GoPro — 35,097

•Miami Heat — 28,465

•Wendy’s — 23,833

•Topshop — 23,347

•Starbucks — 22,035

•ABC — 21,782

•HBO’s Girls — 21,769 10.

The top 10 brands with the most account followers.

•National Geographic – 3,726,303

•Victoria’s Secret – 3,640,340

•The Ellen Show – 3,483,363

•Nike – 3,166,010

•Forever 21 – 2,446,839

•Louboutin – 2,062,447 9

•GAG – 2,024,096

•Starbucks 1,919,068

•MTV – 1,916,114

•NBA – 1,777,980

11. During August 2013, the average Instagram user spent 257 minutes on Instagram. During that same period, the average Twitter user spent 169.9 minutes on Twitter.

12. As of October 2013, 35 million selfies have been posted on Instagram. In case you really had to know, Kylie Jenner is the celebrity with the most amount of selfies. As of October, she had posted 451 selfies.

13. On average, for every 33 likes, you’ll receive one comment. Additionally, there are 8,500 Likes per second and 1,000 comments per second.

14. The most popular filter? No filter.

15. Mayfair was the filter with the most amount of likes and comments.

16. The most-used hashtag of 2013: #love

17. Over 60% of the Instagram community are located outside of the United States. However, the U.S. remains the country with the most amount of visitors with just over 33%. The U.S. is followed by Brazil (5.6%), United Kingdom (3.8%), Russia (3.5%) and Mexico (3.2%).

18. Over 90% of Instagram users are under the age of 35, with 28% of users in the 18-29 year old age bracket.

19. 23% of teens have claimed that Instagram is their favorite social media network.

20. Percent of all US cell phone users on Instagram: 13.

21. 68% of users are female. For overall interest users, it’s 16% women vs 10% men.

23. 17% of U.S. adult residents who live in urban areas use Instagram. 11% of users are in rural areas, with another 11% in the suburbs.

24. Despite originally appearing only on the iPhone, and being named App of The Year 2011 in Apple iTunes, the Instagram app is divided 50/50 between Apple and Android users.

25. Percent of internet users who are on Instagram: Caucasian: 11%, African American: 23% and Hispanic: 18%.

26. 9 out of 10 Instagram video shares take place via Facebook.

27. There is an increase in Likes by 24% if the dominant color of the image is blue.

28. The busiest day on Instagram in 2013: Thanksgiving/Hanukkah.

29. Annual Household Income for Instagram users:

•Less than $30,000 – 15%

•$30,000 to $49,999 – 14 %

•$50,000 to $74,999 -12%

•$75,00o+ – 12%

30. Believe it or not, 37% of Instagram users have never uploaded a photo. 25% of users upload an average of 1-3 photos, while 5% have uploaded more than 50 images.

Whew.

That’s a lot of information to store, but it will be worth it when you you want to impress that Instagram find in your life, or during a trivia night.

Which Instagram fact are you going to use the next time you want stump someone?

Sources:

http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/important-instagram-stats/#.UtU874uzKph http://blog.bufferapp.com/instagram-stats-instagram-tips http://instagram.com/press/ http://blog.inkifi.com/post/38294624460/7-facts-that-you-didnt-know-about-instagram http://www.quora.com/Instagram/What-is-the-genesis-of-Instagram http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/13/technology/startups/instagram_burbn/ http://www.businessinsider.com/a-primer-on-social-media-demographics-2013-10 http://www.roomoffun.com/some-fun-facts-about-instagram_1607.html Featured Image Credit: Wikipedia


Albert Costill Albert Costill

 Writer Albert Costill is a co-founder of evolvor.com and a freelance writer who has written for brands like ForRent.com and Search Engine Journal. When he’s not writing and brainstorming content ideas, this New Jersey native spends his time traveling, blasting music, and keeping his chocolate lab at bay.


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Latest Instagram Update Creates Potential Privacy Issue February 15, 2016 - Written By Dominik Bosnjak

It’s been exactly a week since Instagram rolled out its latest multi-account update which allows users to easily switch between accounts on their device.

While the new feature works more or less as expected, it still managed to achieve what software updates in general are often prone to doing – break existing stuff.

Specifically, a particularly problematic bug was just discovered in the latest version of Instagram after it turned out that some users can see personal notifications including Direct messages of other users.

While the specific cause of this problem is still unknown, there’s little doubt that it’s connected to joint account management. So, if multiple people are managing, i.e. sharing an Instagram account, they will also often receive personal notifications from non-shared accounts of other users with whom they’re sharing a single account.

For example, if the Android Headlines Instagram page has three community managers who are updating and managing it, these three now also see each other’s personal notifications and at the moment, there doesn’t seem to be any way to prevent this.

Apart from the fact that Instagram users are now receiving notifications which they shouldn’t be receiving, another issue within this issue is that related push notifications are arriving according to the settings chosen by the original users.

In other words, many Instagram users are now bombarded with notifications even though their very own accounts are set-up to not do that.

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Naturally, the problematic notifications don’t actually lead to anything as after you click on them, the app “realizes” you’re not actually logged into the account it’s notifying you about. This is still a huge privacy issue as it reveals both account names and snippets of their comments and messages sent to other users.

While the bug isn’t consistently reproducible, numerous Instagram users are still confirming it’s happening at the time of writing this.

It’s also yet to be determined whether this is just a server-side, or also a client-side issue, but hopefully, Instagram will fix it in a hasty manner, especially since the company has already confirmed that it’s aware of the problem and is working on a solution.

With a bit of luck, the upcoming video caption update won’t break more Instagram features, or at the very least won’t create additional privacy issues.


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INSTAGRAM: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

This is a short list of our most frequently asked questions. For more information about Instagram, or if you need support, please visit our support center.

What is Instagram?

Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever. We're building Instagram to allow you to experience moments in your friends' lives through pictures as they happen. We imagine a world more connected through photos.

How much is your app?

$0.00 - available for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play store.

Where does the name come from?

When we were kids we loved playing around with cameras. We loved how different types of old cameras marketed themselves as "instant" - something we take for granted today. We also felt that the snapshots people were taking were kind of like telegrams in that they got sent over the wire to others - so we figured why not combine the two?

How did the idea come about?

We love taking photos. We always assumed taking interesting photos required a big bulky camera and a couple years of art school. But as mobile phone cameras got better and better, we decided to challenge that assumption.

We created Instagram to solve three simple problems:

Mobile photos always come out looking mediocre. Our awesome looking filters transform your photos into professional-looking snapshots. Sharing on multiple platforms is a pain - we help you take a picture once, then share it (instantly) on multiple services. Most uploading experiences are clumsy and take forever - we've optimized the experience to be fast and efficient. What other services are you compatible with?

Currently, you can share your photos on a photo-by-photo basis on Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter. Additionally, if you specify a location with your photo, you can opt to have us check you in on Foursquare. Going forward, we plan on supporting additional services but have nothing else to announce at this time.

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Are you hiring?

Absolutely, yes. If you're a talented engineer or designer we want to talk to you. Check out our jobs page.

I have a technical problem or support issue I need resolved, who do I email?

The best way to get in touch with us is to visit our support center.

Is there an API or developer program?

Developers can register for our api at our developer site.

How does privacy work?

We have adopted a follower model that means if you're "public" on Instagram, anyone can subscribe to follow your photos. We do, however, have a special private option. In this mode, a user can make sure he/she must approve all follow requests before they go through.

Who can see my photos?

All photos are public by default which means they are visible to anyone using Instagram or on the instagram.com website. If you choose to make your account private, then only people who follow you on Instagram will be able to see your photos.

How can I print my photos?

We save all the photos you process with Instagram to your camera roll. You can then sync with your computer and print as many as you'd like.

When are you going to make the app for Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, iPad, etc?

We are currently working on making the iPhone and Android experiences as solid as possible. Only then will we consider other platforms, but currently we have nothing to announce.

How do you hashtag?

Using hashtags to categorize Tweets by keyword: People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search.

Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword.

When did Facebook acquire Instagram?

On April 12, 2012, Facebook acquired Instagram for approximately US$1 billion in cash and stock.

The deal, which was made just prior to Facebook's scheduled IPO, cost about a quarter of Facebook's cash-on-hand, according to figures documented at the end of 2011. The deal was for a company characterized as having "lots of buzz but no business model", and the price was contrasted with the US$35 million Yahoo! paid for Flickr in 2005, a website that has since become among the 50 most popular in the world.

Mark Zuckerberg noted that Facebook was "committed to building and growing Instagram independently", in contrast to its past practice.

According to multiple reports, the deal netted Systrom US$400 million based on his ownership stake in the business. The exact purchase price was US$300 million in cash and 23 million shares of stock.

On December 17, 2012, Instagram updated its Terms of Service, granting itself the right—starting on January 16, 2013—to sell users' photos to third parties without notification or compensation.

The criticism from privacy advocates, consumers, the National Geographic Society, and celebrities like Kim Kardashian prompted Instagram to issue a statement retracting the controversial terms; regardless, the issue resulted in the loss of a portion of Instagram's user-base, as former users switched to other photo-sharing services, which reported an increase in usage.

In January 2013, it was confirmed that Instagram had asked for photo identification as a form of verification due to unspecified violations.

How many people are on Instagram?

Just nine months after hitting 200 million users, Instagram now says 300 million people use its photo app every month, with 70% of them coming from outside the US. That makes Instagram officially bigger than Twitter, which had 284 million active users as of six weeks ago.

Who is the owner of Instagram?


Its creators, the 26-year-old Stanford graduates Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger.

THE RISE OF INSTAGRAM AND ITS 26-YEAR-OLD FOUNDERS

If you’ve ever wondered why so many Polaroid-style sepia picture of your friends on Twitter or Facebook, it’s because of Instagram.

You may never have heard of it but the photo-sharing smart-phone application has been downloaded by 27million people since it began life October 2010.

Users, including a hot of celebrities, use it to add stylistic filters, frames, and effects to photos, which can - by tapping one of 16 options - turn a straightforward snapshot of a housecat into what looks like a weathered Polaroid time-capsuled from 1977.

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Its creators, the 26-year-old Stanford graduates Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger (pictured above in their own Instagram creation) now stand to share the best part of $1billion that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg paid for their creation.

The pair, who never met at university, sparked up an acquaintance when Systromm, who formerly worked on Google's Gmail and corporate development, spent his weekends building an app that allowed location-aware photo and note-sharing, dubbing it Burbn.

Krieger was an enthusiastic early Burbn user.

Despite that the fact they didn’t know each other, the pair had a lot in common.

Both participated in Stanford University's Mayfield Fellows program, which educates students in successful and failed start-ups, and gives them internships with an established company and a start-up of their choice.

Now they have another thing in common: incredible wealth.


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