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Rare hashtags

It’s funny to find hashtags on Instagram that are rarely used. When commenting on a photo, I’ll often combine two words together into a hashtag. And then I click on the hashtag to see if there any other photos. Apparently is the first Instagram photo with the hashtag:

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The 39 most essential iPhone apps of the past five years

The apps that make your phone’s home screen have special honor. The

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de-link-ification of the internet

What happened to links? Blogs don

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Flickr is for quality photos, Instagram is for bad photos

How is it that Flickr is now the place for quality photos? Isn’t that Instagram’s realm? Not quite. Here’s what has happened between the two services in the past few years. With the rise of Instagram in 2011, many photographers left Flickr. Instagram became THE photo app for mobile, while Flickr sat undeveloped since Yahoo […]

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Transforming content that is vaporous into something permanent, substantial

Newspaper sites have a problem. They have an immense amount of visitors coming to their site from from google. Sounds like a a good thing? It is. But that’s only half the picture. These same visitors visit one page and then leave. We’ve all done it as readers. If a newspaper site puts all their […]

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Instagram’s updated terms are even worse

If you thought Instagram’s new terms introduced in December 2012 were awful, their update today is even worse. We’ve all been waiting to see what Instagram would do with their promised new terms. You’d think Instagram would have released a nicer set of terms after their fiasco in December. But no, Instagram went ten times […]

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Is Instagram getting too big?

Instagram, the wildly popular photo app on iPhones, just released an Android version. I’m kinda curious how this larger audience will affect my usage of Instagram. One of the things I liked about Instagram was that is a nice small stream of photos. If more and more people join, I’m concerned that there will be […]

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Instagram’s secret to increasing page views

Every time I see a friend tweeting an instagram photo, I click on it. Why? Because I know I can’t view an entire archive of his photos, so I have to click on it right now, or else I will never see this photo for the rest of my life. Instagram, thank you for making […]

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Instagram’s secret to social sharing

The old method for sharing photos online is pretty simple. You post a bunch of photos. All your photos are on one URL. You share that one URL with your friends. Instagr.am changes all that. You can still post a bunch of photos, but there is no longer one URL to share all your photos. […]

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Instagram’s secret to increasing subscribers

You have to subscribe to a user in order to see their archives on Instagram. Is it a good thing? When viewing a photo on instagr.am, there is no link to click to view all the photos by that person. If you want to see more, you have to follow that person. But then that […]