Following in Twitter’s footsteps, Instagram has now started sending out “Highlights” emails to its subscribers. This move comes a part of a new scheme run by the social network to keep its 300-million user base up to date with the hottest content.
These emails contain the most popular posts from all the accounts a user follows in order to help them stay on top of the good stuff they may have otherwise missed over the course of the week. An example of the new Highlights email can be seen below:
Unfortunately, at this stage, there is no way to control Highlights emails but we expect Instagram to introduce an unsubscribe feature in the not-too-distant feature or they might start seeing an increase in the amount of people deactivating their accounts.
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Instagram’s photographic social feed isn’t as novel as it once was, and you may be tempted to stop using it if you’re overwhelmed by that never-ending stream of square pictures. How is the company supposed to keep you coming back for more? Though regular email blasts, apparently. TechCrunch has confirmed that Instagram is now sending “Highlights,” email digests that showcase some of the better photos from those you follow. While this see-what-you’re-missing strategy isn’t new (Facebook and Twitter have done this for a while), it acknowledges that only some of Instagram’s 300 million users are active shutterbugs — this could help you remember the service and catch photos that would otherwise slip under the radar. Yes, the highlights are ultimately meant to get you viewing more ads, but they may be useful if you’d rather not spend every day wading through an image stream.
Have you noticed the wealth of sunrise and sunset photos on Instagram? Michelle Chandra certainly has, and her project offers a look at the sun’s activity around the world in real time. “All Our Suns” gathers snapshots upload with either the #sunrise or #sunset hashtag, using the posts to populate a set of data-driven maps. Two of the crowdsourced cartography pieces catalog every image that’s uploaded during the course of a 24-hour period — one for sunrises and one for sunsets based on a user’s location. What’s more, you can click on a location marker to view the photo. A third map notes times when two people are posting at the same time, with one updating the beginning and the other observing the end of a day. The whole thing is a study on how our lives literally revolve around the sun and how social networks illustrate time as a never-ending loop.
The maps are part of “All Our Yesterdays:” a larger examination of Instagram’s role in connecting people around the world become and how photographs provide an avenue for that interaction. “Instagram users who chase the sun with their cameras testify to the sun’s ceaseless grip on our lives,” Chandra writes. “Since antiquity we have followed the path of the sun, the moon, and the stars to track the passing of time.”
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Source: Michelle Chandra
Whether or not you think photo filters represent creative assets or the death of photography as we know it, one thing’s becoming increasingly clear: they’re your ticket to popularity. Yahoo and Georgia Tech researchers have learned that filtered photos (at least, on Flickr) are 21 percent more likely to get views, and 45 percent more likely to receive comments. This doesn’t mean that you can throw on any effect you like, mind you. Warmer-looking filters usually get the best results, while colder examples have less of an impact. In short, feel free to tweak your Instagram shots if you feel they lack a certain oomph that will draw in the crowds — just don’t try to be overly dark and edgy.
Source: Yahoo Labs (Tumblr)
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We’re honestly still surprised when apps from social media companies are released only on iOS before an Android version saunters onto the scene shortly after. Even so, we’re not complaining that Layout from Instagram is out on Android today, two months after its counterpart was launched on iOS. If you haven’t heard about Layout from Instagram, it’s essentially a collage-making app which allows you to take any of your photos and make them into collages using customizable templates.
It’s an interesting choice for an app from Instagram as we would have thought this functionality would be best built into the Instagram app itself, but what do we know. From my brief experience trying out the app today, it’s pretty well made in general (if you’re used to Instagram) though there are a few niggling issues, as always. If you’re the type of person who’s been hanging out for a collage app, Layout from Instagram would not be a bad place to start. If you’re interested, hit the link below to get to the Play Store and download the app for free:
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Instagram has made their Layout collage app available for Android users today, giving you the ability to set up your pictures in several different layouts. It’s something that many other apps have gotten popular doing, but Instagram’s approach seems incredibly streamlined.
The interface is very touch-friendly, allowing you to easily drag and drop different photos, pinch to zoom in, and drag the borders of your different photo frames to adjust the size. That leaves a ton of room for customization, which is great for Instagram users.
As a side note, Instagram has added new tools to their main application for Android users. The tool is called Structure and is designed to help bring out textures and details in your photos.
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Instagram has announced two new features, the Layout app and Structure, a photo editing tool.
As of today, Layout is now available on Android (Note: For the moment, it is not in the Play Store). The app gives users the ability to combine photos into a single image. When you open Layout, it shows previews of custom layouts as you choose photos from your camera roll. The Faces option makes it easy for you to find those with people.
To combine photos, you can drag and drop, pinch to zoom, and/or pull their sides in order to make the desired adjustments. Flipping and rotation are also possible with Layout.
The app’s last feature is Photo Booth. Tapping this starts a countdown and selects photos that will be placed immediately in the layout.
Structure is a tool that brings out details and textures in images. It is available in the latest update for Instagram.
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Layout, the popular photo collage making application from Instagram, has finally made its way to the Google Play Store after a brief time as an iOS exclusive. A big portion of Instagram users already post photo collages to the social networking platform pretty regularly, so this should be welcomed by many fans of the app.
Layout is pretty simple to use. Once you open the app, you can select up to nine photos to use for each collage from your phone’s gallery. If you don’t see a photo you want to use, you can take a photo from the app using your front-facing camera through the new Photo Booth feature. After your photos have been selected, you can then choose which layout fits your needs by scrolling through a few different options on the top of the screen. After your layout is chosen, you can edit the sizes of individual photos, mirror or flip images, or swap images if you need to.
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In addition to the new Layout app, Instagram itself is getting a new feature in an update rolling out today. The feature is called Structure, a new creative tool that helps to enhance details and textures. If you’d like to check for your Instagram update, head on over to this link.
If you’re a fan of Instagram, odds are Layout will be a nice addition to your long list of installed applications. Head to the Play Store link below to download Layout for free.
You no longer have to use an iPhone to get creative with Layout, Instagram’s collage app — it’s now available for Android. As before, the software lets you cram up to nine photos into a single image, with options to shuffle and flip pictures if you’re aiming for a particular effect. It’ll automatically detect faces to help you find your friends, and you don’t need an Instagram account to sign up or share pictures. You will get an extra perk if you do use Facebook’s square photo app, though. Android-based Instagram users (iOS is coming soon) are getting Structure, an editing tool that emphasizes details and textures in your shots. However artistic you are, you’ll definitely want to swing by Google Play.
Source: Google Play
I know, you bought yourself a VR rig and never want to take it off. It’s the future, that’s natural! And with something like the Gear VR’s passthrough camera you don’t even need to remove the headset to do menial “real-world” chores like going to the bathroom, grabbing another Mountain Dew out of the fridge or some Doritos out of the cupboard. But what if you wanted to check your Twitter feed or see how many new likes that Instagram photo of hitting your activity goal on your Apple Watch got while avoiding meatspace? Have no fear folks, because with a new app called Swerve you’ll be able to do that without removing your Android VR system. The app puts Twitter into a 3D space and as VR Focus notes, you can peruse searches, mentions and hashtags too — apparently all in a cloud-filled skybox. Perfect.
The free app only handles the microblogging service for now, but Facebook’s photo network is coming “soon.” Hopefully that’s ready for Swerve’s launch sometime later this month (you can sign up for early access right now) and just in time for peak crossfit photo season. It only supports the likes of Google Cardboard for now, but hopefully Gear VR support’s being considered as well. You know, so we’ll never have to let actual reality get in the way of our virtual experiences again.
Via: VR Focus
Source: Swerve VR