Monthly Archives: November 2010

Instagram

If you use social networks, such as Twitter, chances are that you have seen a link to a photo that was taken using a relatively new iPhone application called Instagram.

Instagram is a relatively new application, which allows you to take and share photos with your iPhone, as well as apply a variety of different filters to your pictures, in order to change the way they look.

When you first download and launch the Instagram application, you will see a welcome prompt, which tells you what the application is used for and asks if you would like to sign up, in order to share your own photos. Behind the prompt are a variety of pictures which are popular on Instagram.

You can even tap on a particular photo to enlarge it, as well as read comments on it. In order to refresh the images, you can click on the refresh button, located at the top right of the application.

At the bottom of the screen are the options to sign up for the service and log in if you have an existing account. If you’d like to sign up for a free Instagram account, you will be asked to provide your e-mail address, a username and a password. You can also include your phone number and a picture, if you would like to.

After you have logged in, you will see a prompt, which asks if you would like to enable push notifications for Instagr.am.

Once you’ve chosen whether or not you’d like to allow push notifications, you will be able to see your feed, which includes the photos and comments of the people you have followed.

Should you want to see the most popular photos on Instagram, you can do so by clicking on the “Popular” button, which looks like a heart. Just like on the main screen, you can tap on the photos for a larger view, as well as to view comments and such.

If you would like to share a picture, you can do so by tapping on the “Share” button, which is located in the center of the buttons and which looks like a picture of a camera. From there, you can either take a new photo or select a photo from your iPhone’s library to upload to Instgram.

Once you’ve taken or selected a photo, you can apply one of twelve filters, which will change the look of your photo. Some of the available filters include “Normal”, “X-Pro II”, “Lomo-fi”, “Earlybird”, as well as others. After applying a filter, you can provide a description of the photo and optionally, the location where you took the photo. Also, you can configure your sharing options, which include the option to share the photo on websites, such as Twitter, Flickr, FaceBook, Tumblr, and Foursquare.

After that, you can tap on the “Done” button, and your photo should appear in your followers’ feeds. If you chose to share your photo, people will be able to click on a link to your photo, in order to view it online. Here is a link to a photo that I took and uploaded to Instagram on October 26, 2010.

From the Instagram application, you can also view news from your followers and such, as well view your profile and edit your settings.

You can also view and configure your Instagram settings, including your name, password, e-mail address, phone number, gender, and birthday. However, in order to use most of the application’s features, such as viewing your feed, comments, as well as other things, require that you use an iPhone.

If you would like to try using Instagram, you can download the application for free from the iTunes App Store.

Instagr.am

If you use social networks, such as Twitter, chances are that you have seen a link to a photo that was taken using a relatively new iPhone application called Instagr.am.

Instagr.am is a relatively new application, which allows you to take and share photos with your iPhone, as well as apply a variety of different filters to your pictures, in order to change the way they look.

When you first download and launch the Instagr.am application, you will see a welcome prompt, which tells you what the application is used for and asks if you would like to sign up, in order to share your own photos. Behind the prompt are a variety of pictures which are popular on Instagr.am.

You can even tap on a particular photo to enlarge it, as well as read comments on it. In order to refresh the images, you can click on the refresh button, located at the top right of the application.

At the bottom of the screen are the options to sign up for the service and log in if you have an existing account. If you’d like to sign up for a free Instagr.am account, you will be asked to provide your e-mail address, a username and a password. You can also include your phone number and a picture, if you would like to.

After you have logged in, you will see a prompt, which asks if you would like to enable push notifications for Instagr.am.

Once you’ve chosen whether or not you’d like to allow push notifications, you will be able to see your feed, which includes the photos and comments of the people you have followed.

Should you want to see the most popular photos on Instagr.am, you can do so by clicking on the “Popular” button, which looks like a heart. Just like on the main screen, you can tap on the photos for a larger view, as well as to view comments and such.

If you would like to share a picture, you can do so by tapping on the “Share” button, which is located in the center of the buttons and which looks like a picture of a camera. From there, you can either take a new photo or select a photo from your iPhone’s library to upload to Instgr.am.

Once you’ve taken or selected a photo, you can apply one of twelve filters, which will change the look of your photo. Some of the available filters include “Normal”, “X-Pro II”, “Lomo-fi”, “Earlybird”, as well as others. After applying a filter, you can provide a description of the photo and optionally, the location where you took the photo. Also, you can configure your sharing options, which include the option to share the photo on websites, such as Twitter, Flickr, FaceBook, Tumblr, and Foursquare.

After that, you can tap on the “Done” button, and your photo should appear in your followers’ feeds. If you chose to share your photo, people will be able to click on a link to your photo, in order to view it online. Here is a link to a photo that I took and uploaded to Instagr.am on October 26, 2010.

From the Instagr.am application, you can also view news from your followers and such, as well view your profile and edit your settings.

You can also view and configure your Instagr.am settings, including your name, password, e-mail address, phone number, gender, and birthday. However, in order to use most of the application’s features, such as viewing your feed, comments, as well as other things, require that you use an iPhone.

If you would like to try using Instagr.am, you can download the application for free from the iTunes App Store.

The Beatles on iTunes

If you visited the Apple website in the past day or so, you probably noticed that there was an announcement, which said “Tomorrow is just another day. That you’ll never forget. Check back here for an exciting announcement from iTunes.”

Under the announcement were four clocks, each with a different time displayed, including California (7:00 AM), New York (10:00 AM), London, (3:00 PM), and Tokyo (12:00 Midnight).

There was different speculation as to what Apple’s announcement was going to be, but many people thought that the announcement was going to be that The Beatles music was coming to iTunes, such as this blog post from TechCrunch.

Well, those people were correct, as this morning, at 10:00 AM (Eastern), Apple replaced that announcement with a photograph of The Beatles, with text above the photo saying “The Beatles. Now on iTunes.” Also, if you click on that picture, you will be taken to a page which displays another picture of the four members of the band and the words “In 1964 the band that changed everything came to America. Now they’re on iTunes.”

If you scroll down, there are three videos that you can watch, including a video entitled “The Beatles Through the Years”, Apple’s advertisements for The Beatles on iTunes, as well as a video of The Beatles performing live at the Washington Coliseum in 1964.

If you would like to purchase The Beatles’ music, you can do so for a price of $12.99 per album, $1.29 per song, or $149 for a box set of the albums.

For more information about The Beatles coming to iTunes, you should check out the Apple website, as well as this blog post from TechCrunch, which has more detailed information regarding this event.

FaceBook Messages

Earlier today, FaceBook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced that FaceBook will be launching a new version of their messaging system, intended to unify the different ways that users communicate with people.

FaceBook’s new messaging system, which was code-named Project Titan, is intended to unify the different ways that people communicate with each other, including IM, messages, as well as e-mail. All of these different forms of communication will be sharing the same inbox, and users will also be able to keep track of their conversation history with other users.

Also, FaceBook users will be able to create their own “@FaceBook.com” e-mail address, with IMAP support coming in the future. However, users are not required to have a FaceBook e-mail address and have the option to use any e-mail address.

In addition to updating the messaging system on the FaceBook website, FaceBook also plans to work on their mobile applications, with an updated iPhone application coming in the near future.

The new FaceBook Messages system will be gradually rolling out over the next few months. However, users can learn more about it, as well as request an invite by going to the FaceBook Messages About page.

Also, if you would like more information about FaceBook’s new messaging system, you should check out this post and this post from TechCrunch.com, which I used as a source for this post, as well as this article from MercuryNews.com and the FaceBook Messages post from the FaceBook blog.

About.me

If you’re looking for a way to show people the various things that you do around the Internet, as well as provide them with some basic information about you, all in one place, perhaps you should try using a relatively new website, About.me.

About.me is a website that allows you to create a “splash page”, where you can post links to your various profiles and accounts on websites, as well as a personalized message, all in the same place.

About.me also enables you to view statistics about your profile, such as how many visitors have been to your page, where they came from, as well as what they do on your page.

When you first go to About.me, you will see the website’s homepage, where you can reserve your URL, which is in the format of About.me/yourusername. You will also see screenshots of the website, as well as a list of some of the users of the site. If you have already registered, you can also log into your account by clicking on the “Sign In” link on the top right of the page. On the bottom of the website, you will see links to the “About Us”, “Contact”, and other pages.

Once you have logged into your account, you will be taken to the About.me dashboard, where you can see a variety of things, such as your profile statistics, which include how many views and clicks your profile has received and how many links there are to your profile. You can also view “Historical Stats”, such as the average time spent on your profile, the total amount of views your profile has received, and the percentage of new visitors.

If you click on the “DataStack” button, which is located toward the top of the Dashboard, you will be able to see statistics about your activity on the profiles and websites that you have linked to from your About.me page.

Some of statistics include how many combined status updates you have posted, how many updates you have posted from some individual services, such as Twitter and FaceBook, as well as how many updates you post weekly. In addition, you can view a bar graph of how many status messages you have posted over time, as well as your “reach”, which includes information, such as your combined followers and friends, as well as how many mentions you have received.

From the “Promote” section of the website, you can learn a variety of ways to promote your About.me profile, with instructions on how to add a link to your profile to your e-mail signature, as well as the option to share a link on Twitter or FaceBook. You can also copy and paste an embed code to your website, in order to embed a link to your website.

If you would like to view or edit your profile, you can do so by simply clicking on the “Profile” button, which is located on the top of the page, next to the “Dashboard” button.

From there, you should be able to see what your profile currently looks like, as well as edit your profile, with the option to choose different backgrounds, colors, and fonts. You can also edit your biography, which users will see when they visit your profile page. In addition, you can add, edit, and remove services that you link to from your profile, including Twitter, FaceBook, WordPress, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Flickr, as well as others.

If you would like to learn more about or try using About.me, you do so by going to the About.me website. However, since the service is currently in beta, you can only reserve a URL and will be notified when you are able to create your own profile page.