Instagram Now Allows You Hide Posts Of Your Friends with Mute Feature

Instagram now let’s you avoid seeing posts you don’t like on your feed through the mute option.Instagram mute friend

We all have that one friend (or ten) that we follow on Instagram that we actually don”t like. Maybe your sister who keeps posting selfies or your boss who keeps posting pictures of her cat. Or how about that friend who posts twenty pictures of her daughter everyday? We can’t really unfollow them for fear of hurting or offending them.

Luckily, Instagram now allows you to mute your friends and have their posts not show up on your feed. It is basically the “unfollow” version of Facebook. The mute option helps you free up your feed of those annoying posts while preserving your relationship with that person.

To use the feature, simply tap the three dots on the upper right corner of a post you want to mute. From there, you can choose whether to mute posts, or mute posts and stories from that user. And don’t worry, the user will not know you’ve muted them.

According to the company, this feature will help you personalize your feed as they aim to make it “the best place to share and connect with the people and interests you care about.”

The mute feature will be rolling out “in the coming weeks”. Now if only there’s a mute button for those annoying ads on my feed..

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Instagram overtakes Twitter on number of daily mobile users


Instagram has hit another milestone, as the photo sharing app just passed Twitter in daily active users on mobile last month. This is the first time that the photo sharing app owned by Facebook has passed the micro blogging site with 7.3 million users daily against 6.9 million of the latter.

ComScore showed that Instagram’s daily users have increased tremendously since March of this year. Though Twitter’s daily users have also increased, it wasn’t able to keep pace with the photo sharing app.

To Twitter’s delight, they were able to have more unique visitors than Instagram. But this unique visitors didn’t turn into Twitter believers.

ComScore added that the average hours each user stays on Instagram is about 4 hours. For Twitter members,  average daily use is of about 3 hours .

This is big news for Instagram and Facebook, as the latter is having trouble in their stock price which has fallen way beyond their initial price.

Will Facebook take advantage of Instgram’s popularity and monetize the photo sharing app? We will see in the future. But as of now, Instagram members can still enjoy their photo sharing app all they want and they better take all of it now as Facebook might rethink their plans for their 1 billion app.

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Google purchases Snapseed

Facebook may have Instagram, but Google, in their desire to combat the social networking giant’s photo-sharing app, has just bought their own.

Announced last Monday, Google has bought Snapseed.

According to Google vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra, “We want to help our users create photos they absolutely love, and in our experience Nik does this better than anyone.”

Google launched their own social networking site Google+ a year ago to combat Facebook. They have just hit the 400 million member mark. 100 million individuals actively use the social networking site each month.

Nik said, “For nearly 17 years, we’ve been guided by our motto, ‘photography first,’ as we worked to builed world class digital image editing tools.”

“We’ve always aspired to share our passion for photography with everyone, and with Google’s support we hope to be able to help many millions more people create awesome pictures,” the Germany based company added.

Sharing images is one of the most popular activities that people do in their social networking accounts. Thus, Google bought Snapseed to have their very own photo-sharing service.

Other sites such as Pinterest have been popular and have made a mark in the photo sharing service market.

Let;s wait and see the collaboration etween Google and Snapseed then!

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Picplz, photo sharing app, is closing!

Fans of photo sharing Picplz will be saddened with the news that they will be closing shop next month.

In a blog post, developer of Picplz, Mixed Media Labs said, “On July 3, 2012, Picplz will shut down permanently and all photo and data will be deleted. We have provided download links for existing users to save their photos. Thank you for your support of Picplz and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Login before July 3, 2012 to download your photos.”

Members of the photo sharing app have about a month to download their photos before it shuts down.

Picplz was competitive with Instagram when they were still budding photo sharing apps. Picplz was even better than Instagram in that it was available for both the Android and the iPhone users. Instagram on the other hand, was only available for iPhone users.

Picplz even had an edge over Instagram back in 2011, when they added analytics for its users and the ability to add Creative Commons licensing to any photo.

Picplz, like Instagram, enables users to add filters and edges to images. They also enable users to share these photos with their own networks, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

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Facebook Rolls Out The New Photo Sharing App

The leading social media site, Facebook, has begun rolling out the new Facebook camera. This is a standalone photos application, designed for shooting, filtering and sharing single or multiple photos. The app also enables to quickly scroll through multiple photos, updated by their friends. This app comes just before Facebook finalizes the Instagram acquisition deal. It is a better photo sharing platform than the earlier version Facebook used.

Facebook doesn’t intend to integrate Instagram with its photo sharing app, but rather develop them independently of each other. This will provide some competition and some options for the users. The Facebook app with its 14 filters, the improved interface and the batch uploads are a major advancement in photo sharing. The new app will be first released to English speaking countries, before it is translated to the other languages. It is designed for iOS with those for Android, Blackberry and Windows coming later.

The new app’s home screen has a button for shooting photos and one for easily accessing the photos for uploading. A feed of uploaded photos and those that your friends have tagged you in them, is also available for you to see in real time.

The Facebook app is already receiving good reviews, especially its multi photo uploading capability. This makes it easy, unlike Instagram where you have to go over the process of sharing over and over again for many photos. However, the new app has some few flaws, such as the like and comment buttons directly overlying the photo thus affecting its appearance.


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