Instagram – The Art of Photo Sharing
If you are a tech buff, chances are that you’ve tried and tested Instagram; the photo sharing social network that works on your iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets. And well, if you aren’t a tech buff, worry not! Here we are to take you on a quick tour of this fantastic app that has been critically compared with Pinterest (yes, that other image sharing network that has everyone going gaga). Rest assured, by the time you are done with this article, you’ll be spending the next two hours discovering the magic of Instagram ;). Here we go.
A Short History on the Invention of Instagram
Instagram is the brainchild of Kevin Systrom and Michel Krieger, software engineers by profession. Together, they formed Instagram in 2010; a photo sharing iPhone app that also acts as a social network center. The app was formerly launched on October 6th, 2010 and ever since has grown bombastically. Though it was not the first of its kind, Instagram was appreciated by global users and as a result, the app was set at a value price of $25million by February 2011! That was quite a leap indeed considering that it only supported the iPhone at that time. Today, Instagram supports the iPad as well as all devices under Android. It’s available for free on the iPhone and Google Play store.
Rolling Out Instagram Features
Right, so now that you know the history and backdrop, let’s roll out essential features that made Instagram a $25million dollar deal!
- A Social cum Photo Sharing Network: You can share photos as well as discover people and their images right from your phone. Apart from Instagram’s own social network, you can also share pictures on Twitter and Facebook. Quite handy eh?
- Photo Effects: The coolest thing about Instagram is its simple frames and background effects. You can frame photos with rounded corners or have them in a black bordered frame. Ragged edges, background blur effects are just some of them to name.
- Amazing Filters: Filters are used to give your pictures various attractive effects. You don’t need to go to any third party online picture editor to edit your photographs because Instagram offers it all on its interface. With 18 filters to experience with, you sure will love playing around with it.
- Free Fun: Provided it is not the first photo enhancing app, but the flexibility of editing photos, sharing them on multiple networks and creating connections makes Instagram a fun thing for anyone. The best thing is it doesn’t cost you a dime. It’s free fun, which is why it’s so popular!
Current Status: As of date (April 2012), Instagram now has over 30 million users with more than 200 million photographs shared and uploaded on its servers. This app has made it big!
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