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Clipsy hopes to break into video-sharing scene

As Brad Brewer pulled out his iPhone and showed me Clipsy at last week’s GeekWire Gala, the amount of moving videos all in one place startled me. Then I took a closer look. Each of the 20-or-so tiles on the screen were individual videos playing all at once — essentially a thumbnail gallery, with the… Read More

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Social media feast: Instagram, Allrecipes break records on Thanksgiving

If you enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, own a smartphone and are active on social media, chances are you snapped a few photos and shared them across your networks. That happened in record-breaking fashion on Instagram yesterday, as the growing photo-sharing community saw over 10 million photos with Thanksgiving-related words in their captions. From about 10… Read More

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Study: 54 percent of top brands active on Instagram

A study from Seattle-based social media analytics startup Simply Measured makes it clear that if your company isn’t on Instagram, you’re certainly late to the party. Of the Interband top 100 brands, 54 percent are now using the Facebook-owned photo sharing app, which is a relative increase of 35 percent from last quarter. The study notes that… Read More

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Social commerce platform Chirpify expands to Instagram

When it started, the name “Chirpify” suited the Twitter world perfectly. But things are going well for the Portland-based startup, and Chirpify announced today that it is expanding to Facebook’s extremely popular photo sharing-app, Instagram. Chirpify, the only platform for in-stream commerce that was previously only on Twitter, is now available for Instagram users who wish… Read More

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Live from the operating room: Surgery comes to Twitter, Instagram

Live tweeting from events isn’t new. You’ve probably seen it happen on your Twitter feed from sporting events, political debates and tech shows, just to name a few. But here’s something relatively novel: live updates from the surgery room. Last week, 79-year-old Eleanor Day underwent the first-ever live-tweeted, live-Instagrammed — are these words in the English… Read More

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Study: 40 percent of top brands active on Instagram

Instagram, the image-sharing social network that’s in the process of being acquired by Facebook for $1 billion, is getting active participation from 40 percent of the world’s top 100 brands, according to a new report this morning from Seattle-based social media analytics startup Simply Measured. The report calls the engagement “very impressive,” given Instagram’s relative… Read More

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Another bad day: Facebook shares tumble nearly 10%

Investors are continuing to hammer Facebook just 11 days after its initial public offering, sending the stock of the social networking powerhouse down 9.6 percent in trading Tuesday. The stock closed at $28.84, the first time it has finished below the $30 mark. Facebook went public at $38 per share earlier this month, with many… Read More

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Facebook Camera app puts a new lens on Facebook

Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of Instagram underscores the continued rise of photos as an entry point for social networking. Today Facebook took that approach a step further with the release of Facebook Camera, an iPhone app that creates an alternative, photo-centric interface for Facebook. The free app lets people take and edit pictures, apply filters, and… Read More

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Why Facebook’s purchase of Instagram won’t be its last

With Facebook’s IPO pending, the social media mammoth has been bolstering user offerings and analytics capabilities with major acquisitions, most recently with the social photo sharing app, Instagram. With news this past week that Facebook’s growth – it now boasts 900 million users worldwide – has begun to slow, the social network likely will continue… Read More

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Instagram’s billion dollar idea wasn’t photos after all

I wasn’t alone in almost spilling my coffee mid-drink when I discovered Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion.  A billion?  As a startup CEO, it’s sometimes hard to grasp how these types of platforms, which openly opine they are not concerned with making money can end up in such a successful outcome. [So to all… Read More

Instagramer Paul Thompson summed up user reaction to the Facebook acquisition on the app Monday.

Instagramers to Facebook: ‘DO NOT screw this up!’

News that Facebook will acquire Instagram for $1 billion seems to have gotten everyone excited — except its users. “I’ve always felt like Instagram was a safe zone for creativity and loved its autonomy from the Facebook Machine,” said Seattle Instagramer Rachel Sawyer, who posts as @iwife on the network. “As it becomes more and… Read More

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Facebook to buy Instagram for $1 billion [Updated]

[Updated below with more details and background.]  Facebook just announced a deal to buy Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service with apps on iPhone and Android, for $1 billion in cash and stock. “We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience,” says Facebook CEO… Read More

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Where’s your #geekspace? Show us your work zone

I am fascinated by our connected culture, watching the way communities grow and change online.  As a photographer with a background in sociology, one of my favorite ways of soaking up cultural and visual information is on the Instagram photo sharing platform. Amazing clusters of inspiring photos have sprung up from Instagram in the form of hashtags, one… Read More

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An advanced guide to using Instagram to build your brand

It’s the pictures, stupid. That’s basically what the people at Facebook will tell you when it comes to the most important part of the social network. The Facebook community uploads 250 million photos a day. And 70 percent of all activities on the site revolve around pictures. And it’s that core insight behind Instagram’s success. Within… Read More