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  • Gillmor Gang: Brain Chemistry

    Gillmor Gang: Brain Chemistry

    The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Keith Teare, Dan Farber, and Steve Gillmor — take the edge off of a slow week with a relaxed conversation about Instagram and Twitter direct messages, online anonymity, its effects on the brain, and Google’s reasons for cacheing Gmail images. Occasionally Farber disappears to throw another log on the fire. Read More

  • Instagram Is The Apple Of Apps, Fast Following With Finesse

    Instagram Is The Apple Of Apps, Fast Following With Finesse

    Instagram didn’t invent photo sharing, video sharing, or the photo messaging it launched today. With 150 million users, it doesn’t have to be first. It just wants to be the best, making new experiences accessible to as many people as possible, but with style. You might say Instagram steals these ideas, but that would put it good company. It’s what people say about Apple. Read More

  • Kevin Systrom Says He Vets All Instagram Ads, “Too Early” To Put Them On Instagram Direct

    Kevin Systrom Says He Vets All Instagram Ads, “Too Early” To Put Them On Instagram Direct

    During this morning’s press event unveiling Instagram Direct for private photo-sharing, co-founder Kevin Systrom offered some thoughts about monetizing (or not monetizing) Instagram and its new feature. Systrom suggested that Instagram will have an ad-related announcement coming soon, but for now he was willing to say, “We’re taking it very slowly.” He added that the… Read More

  • Instagram Introduces Instagram Direct

    Instagram Introduces Instagram Direct

    Today at a press event in New York, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom has announced that the photo-sharing service is introducing private photo-sharing and messaging. The feature is called Instagram Direct. Instagram has always been a mostly public social network, with a broadcast structure instead of connections based on mutual friendship, like Facebook. The introduction of Instagram Direct… Read More

  • Instagram Says Half Of All Instagrammers — 75M+ — Use the App Daily

    Instagram Says Half Of All Instagrammers — 75M+ — Use the App Daily

    At a press event today in New York City, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom announced that the photo- and video-sharing app is used by half of its users use the app every day. Back in September, the company told the Wall Street Journal it had more than 150 million monthly active users (a gain of 128 million from Instagram’s user base at the time of its acquisition by Facebook a year… Read More

  • Facebook Puts Its Web Feed In Motion With Auto-Playing Videos

    Facebook Puts Its Web Feed In Motion With Auto-Playing Videos

    The News Feed is about to get a lot more lively. Just days after pushing its auto-play feature for videos to all mobile users, today we spotted auto-playing videos on Facebook.com, and the company confirms to me “we’re continuing a wider rollout of in-line video on web”. Once this rollout is complete, the stage will be set for the introduction of more flashy video ads. Read More

  • Will Instagram’s Messaging ‘Moments’ Be Ephemeral?

    Will Instagram’s Messaging ‘Moments’ Be Ephemeral?

    Instagram is preparing to launch a new messaging service on its platform this year — as soon as its event this Thursday — TechCrunch has heard from a variety of sources. This isn’t too shocking, as Om Malik reported in a piece last month that the service would be coming very soon. What we’ve also heard, however, from a few sources, is a very interesting rumor… Read More

  • If Instagram Isn’t Building Private Messaging, It Should Be

    If Instagram Isn’t Building Private Messaging, It Should Be

    Once upon a time, Instagram was a little app for sharing
    photos with friends and photography buffs. Its mostly public
    sharing model worked at that size. But now with over 150 million
    users, widespread awareness, and years of people following each
    other, users may be holding back from posting as much because they
    don’t want the whole world to see what they see. That’s why it may
    be… Read More

  • Instagram Invite For Mysterious December 12 Media Event May Hint Toward Printing

    Instagram Invite For Mysterious December 12 Media Event May Hint Toward Printing

    Instagram has invited members of the media to an event in NYC on December 12 to “share a moment” with Kevin Systrom and the Instagram team. It’s unclear what this event is in reference to, but considering that the invitation was sent in the mail, on paper, the photo-sharing app could be hinting at a future in print. Other invites were a block of wood with pictures printed… Read More

  • Instagram Blocks Competitor Mobli From Its API

    Instagram Blocks Competitor Mobli From Its API

    The relationship between Instagram and competitor Mobli, a photo- and video-sharing app out of Israel, has been a rocky one. Today Instagram blocked Mobli’s access to the Instagram API, effectively making users choose between the two. Read More