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UnGoogleable: The 9 People You Meet On Instagram

@ocugwu takes the road less queried.

With over 47 million users, a long-awaited recent expansion to Android and a big move to Facebook earlier this month, Instagram is spreading like dye through a Polaroid. If you haven’t yet been lured by the photo-based social network, peer pressure to join its retro-glam ranks is only mounting. The app already contains multitudes—scores of pro-am photographers of all shapes, colors and creeds who have accepted its central promise: to replace a Twitter/Facebook world of self-consciously composed sentences with a brave new world of self-consciously composed and carefully filtered photographs.

On Instagram, every shot is a self-portrait. Herewith, a working guide to the ecosystem’s most notorious types.

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[complex.com]

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The billion dollar app: Facebook buys Instagram just 18 months after photo-sharing service launched

The internet giant will hand over a combination of cash and shares for Instagram, which only has 10 staff

Big deal: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Big deal: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook has paid $1bn to buy Instagram – just 18 months after the photo-sharing service launched.

The internet giant will hand over a combination of cash and shares for Instagram in its biggest-ever deal.

San Francisco-based Instagram only employs around 10 employees, who will transfer to working for Facebook.

The Instagram app, which is available for iPhone and Android phones, is particularly popular for its digital filters, which give photos a retro look.

Its 30 million registered users can share and comment on photos, which has turned it into a rival social network to Facebook.

The new owners have vowed to keep Instagram as a separate service rather than integrate it wholesale into Facebook.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement: “We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience.

“We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.”

Meanwhile Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said he was “psyched” to be joining Facebook and added: “It’s important to be clear that Instagram is not going away.

“We’ll be working with Facebook to evolve Instagram and build the network.”

Instagram won Apple’s App of the Year at the end of 2011.

mirror.co.uk


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