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Instagram to crack down on spam

 Instagram announced late on Friday it planned to tackle its massive spam problem head on, devoting a number of engineers to fixing the issue inside the service.

“There’s no quick fix, but we have a team of engineers working every day to tackle the issue and we hope you’ll notice their improvements,” Instagram said, appropriately enough, in the comments section of a recent photo taken from the official Instagram account.

Take a look at the “Explore” tab inside the Instagram app, and click on any one of the pictures. They’re flooded with spammy comments, ads for promotional accounts and Web sites. Same thing with the account of any major celebrity who uses the service and has a large following.

But now that the small start-up has been acquired and folded into Facebook, CEO Kevin Systrom has the resources and experience of the world’s largest social network to help Instagram in the fight. Facebook has lots of background in this area, having fought against spammers intensely over its eight-year existence with tools like the artificially intelligent Facebook Immune System, and having even gone after some well-established spammers in court.

No word on how Instagram is going to crack down internally, but externally, Instagram wants users to help in a sort of community watch program, flagging spam by clicking through to spammers’ accounts and reporting them.

 

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Twitter to Offer Photo Filters by End of This Year

Twitter might be getting into the photo-filter business before the end of this year. According to sources, the microblogging service is planning to add a variety of photo filters to its official app, and employees of the company are reportedly already testing the new features.

All Things Digital got a tip that such filters would be released on its app before the end of 2012.

Twitter’s new photo app might offer pictures in a higher resolution than those of Instagram, according to The Next Web.

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Why Instagram and Facebook go Hand in Hand

Cheap Instagram followers can make a huge difference when you initially set up an account, and can help you to build your community and share with Facebook. Social networking sites have become incredibly popular, and millions of people use them every day. However, Facebook was becoming tired and dated, until they purchased Instagram.

Instagram and Facebook were working together for many months, ensuring that every image that you posted could be instantly shared. However, recently Facebook have decided to purchase the application, a move that has been questioned by many. Instagram followers are suspicious of the action; however, Facebook lovers consider it to be an excellent opportunity.

If you like sharing images, and enjoy the layout and concept of Instagram, you will not be concerned that Facebook have decided to purchase the application. This amazing application is straightforward to use, and you will find that followers appear easily. However, if you want a boost, there are cheap Instagram followersf available.

You will love the fact that you can link all of your social networking sites together, and make a huge community for your interests. As with any of these groups, you need to ensure that you participate will every aspect, and follow, like and comment on other people’s pages, images, and posts. Building your community may take time; however, it is far better to have quality followers.

Gaining popularity is a priority, and some people want to speed the process up by purchasing cheap Instagram likes. This will allow you to gather followers, and build your community quicker than other people. You will soon discover how addictive Instagram is, and how much you enjoy posting images for people to enjoy.

The owners of Facebook can see how successful Instagram has become, and how quickly people downloaded the application on its release. It may not be earning nay money at present; however, it makes incredibly good business sense purchasing the application. The predicted figures that Instagram will be worth in the future are incredible.

Facebook also needed to ensure that no one else could purchase the application, and by spending the money, have secured the top spot for social networking sites. Some people had tired of Facebook, and were searching for other, exciting avenues to enjoy, and explore. Therefore, when they use Instagram, it will be connected to Facebook, which provides a new lease of life.

This excellent move by Facebook has ensured that people have a new interest again, and want to explore the connection. You should be able to build your Facebook community in the future without the need to purchase cheap Instagram followers. The features and systems which Instagram offers are unique, and fantastic, ensuring that users enjoy the application.

Regardless of how you feel about Instagram and Facebook, the two are now joined, and you will see many new, exciting features for users in the future. You will be drawn to the simplicity of Instagram, and will love being able to connect to friends, family and followers with one simple touch of a button. Both businesses and personal users will soon discover the many benefits to this application.

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21 Tips To Gain Followers on Instagram

Instagram is one of the best social media sites out there and here are some tips on how to gain followers.

1. Share the photos you have on Instagram on other social sites like Facebook, twitter, Tumblr. I try to post a photo on networks like twitter to create awareness of the fact that we are on Instagram and I try to make sure that it is a special photo.

2. Most of us link our companies to our Facebook and twitter accounts but only a few of us get to do the same with Instagram. You can do this by adding some of your Instagram photos on your blogs with links leading to your Instagram account.

3. Try and follow users who have interests which are similar to yours. You can do this by clicking “find friends” and then picking “suggested users”.

4. If you are looking to get more followers then your photos should not be private. The “photos are private” option should thus be off.

5. You should invite your friends from the rest of the social media sites.

6. Make sure that the photos you post are unique and eye-catching. Go for quality rather than quantity and this will attract more followers. You can get guidance from our article “3 Newbie Tips For Better Instagram Photos.”

7. It is a good idea to put descriptions on your images by commenting.

8. Use hashtags to tag your photos and this will increase the odds of your images being viewed by others. Examples include images like #sky, # cat or even # dog.

8b. There is a “Notes” application where you can store the common hashtags or the most important ones. This is also a good way for you to learn how to use them.

9. Try and be active by following others and commenting on their photos objectively. This will earn you followers especially if your comments are authentic.

10. Geotagging is another aspect which is as important as hashtags. This can help in categorizing data and content according to the location. This information has its own page which includes maps of different locations and the photos taken there.

11. You can make an announcement through email to your customers letting them know you are available on the photo sharing app.

11a. You can add Instagram on your website the same way you have Facebook or Twitter icons on your website page.

12. You can participate in the various photo contests available. Jessica Zollman (@jayzombie) is an Instagram team member who has a contest where people try to snap a photo related to a certain hashtag. Being active in the contests will earn you popularity.

13. Do not be afraid to comment on celebrity photos but make sure your comments are genuine.

14. Try to like photos by other people and they will feel the need to return the favor. However, try not to overdo it because some people may stop following you.

15. You should only seek to follow the iphonegraphers you enjoy. You will have more fun this way and you can build your own circle of friends.

16. There is a service known as followgram.me which makes it easier for people to follow you from outside the Instagram application. You can sign up for this service to make it easier for them to follow you.

17. You can make use of analytics services such as Statigr.am which helps you track different photos you have posted and gives you how many likes and comments they received over a certain period of time. You can then be able to gather ideas according to the trends and know how to capitalize

18. If you have a good sense of humor with your comments it will add you more followers. This is because people appreciate a good laugh.

19. Share tips and tricks and you will draw followers who are looking to learn. I started sharing about applications and how to use them and it got me more followers.

20. Thank people at the end of the day for their comments and this will make them feel recognized and appreciated. They will want to keep commenting and this will add you followers.

21. Try and be genuine with your likes and comments. Enjoy the network and encourage others to be genuine too.

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Holding a photo contest is another way of gaining more followers. You can come up with a gift for the winner and people who want to compete have to follow you first. You need to participate in photo contests before trying to host one so as to get a feel of how it works.

Steve writes for Buy Instagram Followers – a website designed to help boost your Instagram likes and instagram profile artificially.

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Facebook buys facial recognition firm Face.com‎

Facebook has bought Face.com, according to the latest from the company. Well, the Menlo Park based social networking giant certainly seems to be stacking up on its photo management tricks for users, considering the Instagram acquisition that was announced back in April this year.

The Israeli technology company being acquired by the SNS, is well known for its face recognition platform. It already has an iTunes application called Klik that lets users tag their Facebook pals in real-time. On the other side, the social network has been employing Face.com’s intelligence which allows members to tag photos without breaking a sweat, since December 2010.

“We love building products, and like our friends at Facebook, we think that mobile is a critical part of people’s lives as they both create and consume content, and share content with their social graph. By working with Facebook directly, and joining their team, we’ll have more opportunities to build amazing products that will be employed by consumers – that’s all we’ve ever wanted to do,” says the Face.com blog post announcing the acquisition.

Although the SNS has been tweaking its image tagging technology ever since the feature was released, it could obviously do with more fine-tuning. And here’s where we expect its latest conquest to offer more meaning to those who make a hobby out of sharing photos online. The precise terms of the latest agreement between the two involved parties aren’t out in the open as of now.

So what’s going to happen once Facebook acquires Face.com properly? We’re watching.

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FB faces extended US review of Instagram deal

WASHINGTON: Facebook has received notice that US antitrust regulators will give its proposed purchase of the popular photo-sharing app maker Instagram a lengthy investigation, an industry source told Reuters on Tuesday.

Facebook has received a “second request” from the Federal Trade Commission, essentially a request for relatively large amounts of data that the regulators will sift through to ensure that the deal complies with antitrust law.

A prolonged review adds another headache to the No. 1 social network, whose shares on Tuesday slid below $29 to a new low as nervous investors continued to show their concerns about Facebook’s long-term business prospects and rich initial public offering price of $38.

Ahead of its rocky May 18 market debut, Facebook announced in April that it would purchase Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock, its largest-ever acquisition.

The purchase of the photo-sharing service on the Internet is a crucial part of Facebook’s strategy to bolster its mobile offerings at a time when consumers are increasingly accessing the Internet through smartphones.

Google and Twitter are among companies that have also been asked about the deal, a second source had previously told Reuters.

The FTC’s questions about the deal to tech companies had indicated that it was in a very early stage in its investigation, according to a Reuters story on May 10. The agency was asking in Silicon Valley what concerns tech companies might have about the Facebook purchase of Instagram.

The “second request” letter from the FTC is dated May 16, Tuesday’s source said.

Facebook declined to comment, as did the FTC. The FTC or Justice Department automatically review any acquisition worth $68.2 million or larger.

Facebook earlier this month extended its estimate of how long the review of the deal would take, saying in a regulatory filing that the deal would likely close this year instead of the second quarter as it previously indicated.

Antitrust experts said that the FTC’s interest could well have been piqued by the high price that Facebook offered for 2-year-old Instagram. Instagram closed a funding round days before the Facebook deal was announced that valued it at $500 million.

Experts have speculated that Facebook might be trying to absorb a potential rival or at least prevent it from falling into the hands of a major competitor like Twitter or Google.

“When the dominant firm is paying clearly an excessive price to take out a rival, it gets the closest scrutiny of all,” said David Balto, a former FTC policy director now in private practice.

A second antitrust expert said the deal would likely be approved in the end.

“I think the hype over the antitrust review is greater than reality,” said this expert, who asked to speak privately to protect business relationships. “Everything Facebook is electric right now with the agencies.”

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