VSCO Cam has been available since mid-2013, but the latest release of the app adds a whole new social layer with a photo feed that's sort of similar to what you get on Instagram. Unlike Instagram, the news feed (called "The Grid") is curated by VSCO Cam and doesn't have nearly the user base of Instagram, nor does it have the same controls for "liking" or commenting on photos. But where … Read more
Facebook has so many features it can be tough to keep them straight. Even experienced social networkers can sometimes get a post, share, or other action not altogether right.
When one of your Facebook activities doesn't come out as you expected, use one of the service's many management and editing tools to effect repairs on errant status updates, messages, and other shares.
Timeline tune-ups It isn't unusual to see an item on your Facebook timeline and wonder, "How did that get there?" Your next thought may be, "How do I get it out of … Read more
Love is supposed to mean never having to say you're sorry. But Snapchat has expressed both love and apologies for a bug that caused headaches for the millions of users whose names and phone numbers were exposed unexpectedly.
In a blog post on Thursday, Snapchat said it was "sorry for any problems this issue may have caused." The team also revealed a couple of changes to its Find Friends feature to better protect the phone numbers of Snapchat users.
A new update to the iOS and Android versions gives users the option to not link their phone … Read more
Photos of golden-crisp cooked turkeys, dark red cranberry sauce, family football, and the lighting of menorahs crowded Instagram on Thursday. In fact, so many people took to the photo-sharing social network that the company announced it was its busiest day ever.
"We saw record usage as Instagrammers shared a heaping helping of holiday cheer," the company wrote in a blog post on Friday. "Your Thanksgiving and Hanukkah-related photos and videos helped make yesterday our busiest so far -- and for that we give thanks to you."
Thanksgiving this year was historic in that for the first … Read more
Instagram is the current king of the photo-sharing hill, but it's no longer ad-free and there is still no iPad version of the app. If an Instagram feed interrupted by ads has you headed for the exits, or if you like to view and share photos on a tablet, then I suggest you give EyeEm a whirl. It's a free app whose most recent update for iOS introduced iPad support, and it's also available for Android.
Launch EyeEm and after signing up via Facebook or email, you'll find yourself staring at a grid of nine subject … Read more
An iPhone app backed by the king of self-promotion is all about -- you guessed it -- self-promotion.
Tuesday, Shots of Me launched on the iPhone as a simple way to let youngsters share smartphone self-portraits -- aka selfies -- sans comments.
In other words, it's Frontback without the back or Daily Booth for a mobile generation. Other than share selfies, users can browse a feed of friends' selfies, find and follow their Twitter friends, "like" photos with a double tap (just like on Instagram), and send private messages.
Rudimentary though the app may be, Shots of … Read more
Nine percent of cell phone users in the US use Snapchat, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center's Internet Project.
The finding explains why investors are seemingly tripping over themselves to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into the 2-year-old app for exchanging impermanent messages. The discovery, however, is only partially telling of Snapchat's true popularity as Pew surveyed US adults 18 and up, and the app is known to have a large following among tweens and teens.
"Mobile apps like Instagram and Snapchat have capitalized on user bases equipped and eager to capture … Read more
Snapchat users can now share their entire day via photos that don't immediately disappear.
The social-media service has taken off among people eager to share their photos and videos with friends. One key element to the service is that those photos and videos are supposed to vanish after being viewed. But the new Stories feature enables them to hang around for 24 hours, letting you build a photographic story of your entire day.
You can add a caption and description to each photo or video you share. You can also choose who sees your snaps by creating a Friends … Read more
Ephemeral messaging app Snapchat is now on equal footing with Facebook in the photo-sharing department. The app currently sees 350 million "snaps" sent per day, Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel said Monday.
Spiegel announced the new figure, up from 200 million snaps in June, during an interview at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco. The snap, the essence of the mobile app for iOS and Android, is a photo or video message users send to friends that disappears after a few seconds.
Because a snap can be likened to a photo share, one could argue that the 2-year-old … Read more
Facebook spent $1 billion to acquire Instagram in 2012 and is apparently ready to see a return on its investment.
Although no ads currently appear on the photo-sharing site, Instagram's new chief operating officer expects the site to be ready to begin selling ads within a year.
"We want to make money in the long term, but we don't have any short-term pressure," White told The Wall Street Journal.