Instagram Introduces Photo and Video Embeds (Original)



Instagram added the ability to embed photos and videos on Wednesday

Users can find the embed button — available only on desktop — on the right side of public photos or videos. The button provides a code users can insert into blogs and articles.

Instagram, which added video capabilities in June, had lacked the embed feature — unlike rival video service Vine. Vine introduced the embed option in March. Instagram users who have their accounts set to private, however, won't see the embed option.

"Your embedded photo or video appears with your Instagram username, and clicking on the Instagram logo will take people to your page on where they can discover more of your photos and videos," Instagram said in an announcement Read more...

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Instagram Crosses 130 Million Users, With 16 Billion Photos And Over 1 Billion Likes Per Day (Original)


On stage at Facebook’s big mystery event, Instagram’s Kevin Systrom has just shared some new growth statistics for the photo-sharing platform.

Instagram now boasts over 130 million active monthly users. And that’s not all — there are over 16 billion photos on the service altogether, with over 1 billion likes given to users each day.

In February of this year, Instagram had just surpassed 100 million users. But much of that growth came with the introduction of an Android version of the application.

Originally, Instagram launched on iOS only, and had around 30 million users in the seventeen months of iOS exclusivity. A year later, over half of Instagram’s 100 million users are coming from Android.

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Indonesian Instagram-Clone PicMix Gets Monetization Right From The Start (Original)

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At first glance, the similarities between PicMix and Instagram are obvious. Both apps are photo sharing platforms with simple, square Polaroid-esque aesthetics, and display photos from friends in streaming feed.

But while Instagram is figuring out how to monetize, Indonesian startup, PicMix seems to have nailed it from the get-go.

PicMix makes it part of the core photo posting process for users to add frame and text embellishments. Many of the frames included in the app are branded from labels (who have paid for the privilege) that users actually want to use on their photos. It’s not hard to imagine getting a user in Asia to willingly use a Hello Kitty or Louis Vuitton frame around their picture.

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