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Instagram: Then and Now


Instagram 7.3 was recently launched and the photo-sharing platform is now approaching its fifth birthday. How has it changed in that time? Of course, it now has a lot more features and is a more sophisticated app. But what was Instagram like back then and what’s its purpose now? When I joined in March 2011,…

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Would you buy this pizza? Why the Instagram power user system is phony


The story of how Instagram power users (i.e. users with more than 100,000 followers) can make money from Instagram is not a new one. But we usually get only half the story. This was the case last week when respected UK national newspaper The Guardian printed a piece about companies hiring Instagram users with large…

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Why do we – and Instagram – like converging lines so much?


Why do our eyes, or our brains, like converging lines pictures so much? If you usually get 50 or so likes for your photos on Instagram, post a converging-lines photo and you’ll get 100. Instagram itself loves converging lines pictures too – many of their suggested users are regular posters of pictures of classic examples….

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Review of VSCO Cam 3.0


When VSCO launched its camera app, VSCO Cam, for iOS in June last year, some heralded it as a cooler version of Instagram. But is it like Instagram at all? And if it is, it is really that much cooler? When the app launched, it was clear VSCO’s developers viewed the scramble for followers and…

A good example of minimal processing (point 2) but fail on point 3 (no converging lines, people jumping, trees, mountains, feet, etc.)

Five ways to get on the Instagram suggested user list


I recently asked to be put on Instagram’s suggested user list. I’d heard that sometimes if you just ask, they put you on it. But they replied it wasn’t true and that inclusion required a “secret sauce.” If you are put on the list, you instantly get a flow of about 150 new followers an…

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