Instagram has updated their app and added tagging for people and brands in photos.
The Photo Of You feature will allow users to tag the friends or businesses featured in their filtered snaps just like they might add a hashtag.
From Instagram Blog:
We have always sought to give you simple and expressive ways to bring the stories behind your photos to life. Your captions and hashtags capture the ‘what?’ and your Photo Map answers the ‘where?’ but until today we’ve never quite been able to answer the ‘who?’
Time to get rid of Instagram while you can. As of starting of January 2013, Facebook Instagram will start selling your photos and identity without your consent. The info can be found on Instagram update of its terms of service and privacy policies that will go into effect January 16 2013.
Here is the offending line from the policies:
To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you. You acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.
Facebook has purchased Instagram popular photo-sharing app for $1 billion in 2012.
Google has acquired Nik Software, the developer behind Snapseed photo editing and sharing applications which is very similar to Instagram app. Facebook bought Instagram recently which is an app that was named Apple’s 2011 iPad App of the Year.
Snapseed has more than 9 million users on the iPhone and iPad and Nik is working on a version for Android devices as well.
From Nik’s blog post:
We are pleased to announce that Google has acquired Nik Software. For nearly 17 years, we’ve been guided by our motto, “photography first”, as we worked to build world class digital image editing tools. We’ve always aspired to share our passion for photography with everyone, and with Google’s support we hope to be able to help many millions more people create awesome pictures.
We’re incredibly grateful for all of your support and hope you’ll join us on the next phase of our journey as part of Google.
All our best!
The Nik Software Team
The reliability of cloud based service is again question after what happened to Amazon Cloud services. It went down at 11:21 PM EST in North Virginia due to severe thunder storms bringing down Pinterest, Instagram and Netflix.
The selling points of Cloud services is that there are redundancies to prevent just such occurrences. This is a step backwards for cloud computing.
Facebook has purchased Instagram popular photo-sharing app for $1 billion.
From Mark Zuckerberg’s post:
This is an important milestone for Facebook because it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.