The numbers say that Michael Kors’s much derided Instagram ad—the first of its kind—was a success. But how, if at all, can brands really use Instagram effectively as a paid ad platform?
Instagram users may have complained when they heard ads were coming to their feeds—but that didn’t stop a whole lot of them from hitting the heart…
Most people use Instagram to share cute baby photos or pictures of cupcakes. But it’s being used for a potentially more nefarious purpose: amateur gun sales in a totally unregulated market.
If Instagram were to add a print button, allowing its massive community of shutterbugs to order physical copies of their photos right from the app, how much revenue could that drive? According to CanvasPop cofounder Adrian Salamunovic, a conservative estimate would peg that number at around $720 million annually.
Get ready for ads in your Instagram feed.
It was only a matter of time. Instagram has announced it will incorporate ads into the app within the next year.
Every second on the Internet, about 4,000 tweets are posted to Twitter. And about 33,333 Google searches are made. And about 46,000 YouTube clips are viewed. "Every Second on the Internet" cleverly uses your screen real estate to make the sheer size of uploaded data make sense.
#Sandy is a compilation of stunning iPhone photos taken during Hurricane Sandy. Its royalties will go to on-going relief efforts.
The founders of YouTube have released a new video app called MixBit. On first glance, it might seem MixBit is in direct competition with Vine or Instagram Video, but if it’s actually very different.
Instead of merely being able to share, view, and comment on videos from the stream or from people you follow on the service, MixBit allows you to add to and remix content uploaded by other users or yourself. Remixed videos can be up to an hour long.
As hundreds of thousands of civilians die in the civil war in Syria, it appears that the country’s embattled dictator, president Bashar Al-Assad, has launched a new social media strategy to go along with his chemical weapons: showing lots of pictures of how everyone loves him.
Is “the official Instagram account for the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic,” which launched on July 24 (and found by Patrick Witty, of Time), a real social media strategy from the dictator that has used sarin gas (according to the US government) on opposition forces and killed at least 4,000 of his own civilian populace (estimated by Human Rights Watch) in air strikes alone?
“Snapchat is doing a really awesome job of creating new behaviors that you wouldn’t expect… I’m not sure I have many [other] examples [of startups getting mobile right].”
“We’re all the same company. It’s all about finding the right balance together—understanding what makes Instagram Instagram, but also understanding how Instagram is part of Facebook.”
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
It’s Friday! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- From our NSA secret surveillance tracker: The U.S. Army has banned access to The Guardian's NSA Prism scandal coverage.
- The Justice Department is investigating former Pentagon general James ‘Hoss’ Cartwright for allegedly leaking info about a massive cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
- Facebook is testing out a new chat room feature that would compete directly with Google Hangouts.
- The day after Instagram’s video feature launched, mentions of Vine on Twitter dropped by half a million.
- The New York Times just profiled Wikipedia’s ‘benevolent dictator,’ Jimmy Wales, ‘the world-famous Internet entrepreneur who didn’t become a billionaire.’
- The U.K. government is the first to support three-person IVF, a practice in which babies are ‘made’ using three sets of DNA.
- Lance Armstrong says he wouldn’t have won the Tour De France with out doping.”I didn’t invent doping, and it didn’t stop when I stopped. I simply participated in a system…”
- The San Francisco-based accelerator Angelpad is going bi-coastal with a second head-quarters in NYC.
- Samsung now sells $13,000 organic light emitting diode (OLED) TVs. Its rounded design supposedly allows users to view the screen from all angles without the viewing experience being affected.
- The yet-to-be-seen Netflix show ‘Orange is the New Black’ has already been given the green light for a second season. Nobody’s even seen the first season yet.
- Watch out Apple, Google is entering the gaming arena with a gaming console, a smart watch, and a new version of its Nexus Q streaming console.
First lady Michelle Obama has jumped on the social media bandwagon with her new Instagram account.
The question is, can she rock the web as hard as Hillary Clinton?
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