It's been rumored for several days now that Facebook would inject video recording and sharing capabilities into its Instagram service, and lo and behold, that's exactly what the social networking site has done. Dubbed Video on Instagram, you can now record clips up to 15 seconds in length simply by tapping the movie camera icon. There are also 13 new filters added specifically for this new functionality.
What user backlash? Instagram is more popular than ever these days.
Two months ago, Instagram made headlines for inserting curious language into its Terms of Service (ToS) agreement that seemed to give it the right to sell user uploaded photos without any compensation to said users. This didn't fly over so well with the Internet community at large, and though Instragram claimed it was a just a big misunderstanding, it didn't stop the company from being hit with a civil lawsuit. Ah, but that was two months ago, an eternity in this fickle age of the Internet, and now Instagram is bragging about having 100 million users.
Despite reversing course on ToS changes, Instagram faces a first civil lawsuit.
Instagram quickly backpedaled from a revised Terms of Service (ToS) agreement that said users would have to "agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos...in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you," but it still managed to trip over a class action lawsuit. The civil suit was filed in San Francisco and charges Instagram with breach of contract and other claims.
You can relax, Instagram isn't selling your photos, the service claims.
Internet junkies addicted to Netflix, Instagram, and Pinterest had to find something else to occupy their time over the weekend. All three services, plus some others like BlackBerry Mobile, were down for a period of a time after severe thunder storms rolled through the D.C. area, resulting in significant power outages and knocking out Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud in Virginia.
Facebook's $1 billion adopted baby is growing up fast and may end up making the social networking site look like savvy parents with an real eye for potential rather than a silly entity that spent ten figures on a camera app with social features baked in. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, however, let's look at what Instagram has done, starting with its fast growing userbase.
Around 430,000 Android users signed up to be notified the moment Instagram would invite them to what's been an exclusive iOS party. When the doors opened, more than twice as many Android users crashed the party on the first day, much to the chagrin of iOS users, but much to the delight of Facebook, which has agreed to buy the photo sharing app for a cool $1 billion.
Over 30 milion iOS device owners have registered accounts with Instagram, the free and popular photo sharing application that allows you to transform photos with a handful of digital filters and then upload the altered image to social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. It's enjoyed almost a cult-like following, and the fact that it's now available for Android isn't sitting well with a select group of silly iPhone users.