From rooftop bashes and acquisition talks to staff clashes and layoffs, Hipstamatic’s founders and ex-employees describe the startup’s losing struggle to keep pace with Instagram, Facebook, and others in the white-hot photo-sharing space. Read the three-part series from start to finish.
WorldCam zeroes in on just about any given location—your favorite restaurant, your competitor’s offices, a famous landmark, Fast Company HQ—to reveal on-site Instagram intelligence, with pinpoint accuracy. It’s kind of like Google Earth, only with Instagram feeds instead of satellites.
As part of our social media roadmap in the September 2012 issue of Fast Company, we asked social media’s savviest users about their best practices. Use this guide to share their rules, then add yours, and we’ll keep charting a course through this rocky terrain.
They’re hot now but do mash-up apps have a future? We talk with Brandon Leonardo, cofounder of the Pinterest/ Instagram combo Pinstagram, to find out. We also pitch him a few of our ideas, including “Shazump,” “Spotifurious,” and “Angry Fruit Ninjas.” Let the investment cash flow!
Instagram’s co-founder Mike Krieger lifted the curtain on three of their backend (and UI) tricks that give the Instagram user a feeling of responsiveness, even when someone’s phone is trapped on a lousy connection. The ideas aren’t just clever; they’re so logical that you don’t need to be a coder to appreciate them. Read on->
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I’m not quite sure how I fell about this. I mean, I’m an avid user of instagram and all, but I don’t think it’s necessary to make a camera specifically for the purpose of making “instagram” style photos. What’s wrong with the way it’s being down already on a phone.,And let’s not forget you could just use a REAL vintage camera. And yes I know this is only a concept.
Hipstamatic is set to unveil a partnership with Instagram that allows photos taken on the camera app, which enables users to snap professional-looking pictures with stylized films and vintage-era lenses, to be ported directly into Instagram’s network with just one click. It represents the first time Instagram has opened up this platform API to third parties, and marks a move toward letting photos freely flow into Instagram’s network from outside sources.
"When we launched, it was all about Facebook and Flickr and Twitter, and now we’re seeing a huge shift in our user base toward Instagram," says Hipstamatic cofounder and CEO Lucas Buick. "We’ve never been a social networking company, but we clearly benefit from social networks. So this will be the first app outside of Instagram that lets you into their network. That’s pretty cool for us."
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We all love sharing our beautiful and fun pictures on Instagram, but is there a “right” way to use Instagram for your business? Here are 5 handy tips on using Instagram to make your brand stand apart.