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Instagram has banned apps from using the word “Insta” or “Gram” as part of their name.

Instagram-logo2It’s reported that the photo sharing social network site, now owned by Facebook, updated its brand guidelines recently to banning other apps from using any part of the Instagram brand in combination with in any name, marks, designs or generic terms.

The word “Instagram” has always been copyright protected however the words “Insta” and “Gram” have not.

Instagram sent emails to connecting apps requesting that they cease using those two little words “within a reasonable period”.

This sucks for many companies such as Luxoogram, Statigram and Instagallery which have built a following based on their name.

Luxogram – a similar filter app – received an email from Instagram which read: “We appreciate your interest in developing products that help people share with Instagram. While we encourage developers to build great apps with Instagram, we cannot allow other applications to look like they might be official Instagram applications or endorsed or sponsored by us.

Luxogram’s creator said that he will probably shut the app down for good rather than undergo a dramatic rebrand, despite the fact that it serves more than a million customers a month.

The move has been seen by some in the industry as a way for Instagram to remove its competition without much fuss while others argue the company is genuinely trying to protect its brand.

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Instagram adds tagging feature

Posted May 6, 2013 By David Kolle

The photo-sharing social network has announced that users can now tag friends in photos they have taken and uploaded to Instagram.

instagramUsers will be able to tap on a person’s face in the photo and tag them, similar to Facebook‘s tagging feature. They can also tag their favourite shops, celebrities and bands, Instagram say.

If users don’t want others to see the photos they have been tagged in, they can adjust their settings to make sure nothing shows up in the “Photos of You” section without their approval.

Instagram said users can test out and test try the new feature, although on May 16, it will go live and available to all users’.


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Facebook to launch redesigned Timeline

Posted March 8, 2013 By David Kolle

This design removes the About, Friends, Photos and Apps boxes which are currently found below the cover photo. Instead, it replaces the links for tabs.

Another change, the Timeline posts are no longer broken into two columns; instead, the design reverts to the more linear view that you had before Timeline launched.

The News Feed on home pages at the leading social network was revamped to get rid of clutter and present “bright, beautiful” stories whether they are insights from friends or trending news of the day.

“I think there is a special place in the world for this sort of personalised newspaper,” Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in introducing the overhauled News Feed at a press event at its California headquarters.

He said that when Facebook first launched, it was primarily about text but the rise of smartphones has slowly changed the dominant content over time from text to photos and videos.

“It should have a front page and top news section or let you drill down into any topic you want.”

Photos now make up to 50 per cent of the content posted on Facebook, Mr Zuckerberg said. The new News Feed should reflect that.

The new News Feed gives users better control over their content, turning every user into a content creator. Its new look is visually stunning, and whether you’re looking at a photo or a news story, Facebook said it wanted people to know what they’re looking at straight away, by which they mean fewer words, more images. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Facebook shares fell sharply after a report said that its photo-sharing app Instagram, had lost millions of users following policy changes.

instagram-on-facebookAccording to audience tracker, over the past week the number of daily Instagram users fell by 3.5 million to an average of 12.4 million users per day.

Facebook shares sank about 2.5 per cent lower in early trade, before rebounding to $24.78 in the early afternoon, off 1.2 per cent.

Earlier this month, Instagram backed off planned policy changes that appeared to clear the way for the mobile photo sharing service to sell pictures without compensation, amid protests from users.

Changes to the privacy policy and terms of service had included wording that appeared to allow people’s pictures to be used by advertisers at Instagram or Facebook worldwide, royalty-free.

Twitter and Instagram forums buzzed over the phrasing, as users debated whether to delete their accounts before the new rules kicked in.

Facebook acquired Instagram earlier this year. The original price was pegged at $US1 billion but the final value was less because of a decline in the social network’s share price.


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