In Farmington Hills, Michigan, there is a business called Limelight Extensions. Limelight posts photos on Instagram and every time one is posted, the phone rings with potential customers that want to book appointments or ask hair extension questions.
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Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) photo social network Instagram has announced that it is expanding its advertising platform to the U.K., Canada, and Australia later this year. Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion in 2012. It introduced ads to the U.S. in November. Instagram said that advertisers had positive results and in some cases, were well above the ad industry average for performance.
Mobile photo social network Instagram has launched 10 new editing tools today for iOS and Android. Some of the new tools include adjustment features like contrast, shadows, warmth, highlights, vignette, sharpen, filter strength, brightness, saturation, and adjust (crop/straighten photos). Instagram also added filters. Users can adjust the filter’s intensity using a slider bar.
Facebook has given back a username that it took away from an Instagram user recently. Brian Hoff, a web designer, wrote an article on Medium about the incident that was titled “They say ‘nothing will change’/*Everything* changes.” Hoff’s wife had the user name @kathleen, but it was changed to @_____kathleen. At first, they thought someone hacked into the account. They reached out to @InstagramHelp on Twitter and tried to get support through e-mail, but that did not work.
Instagram, Facebook’s photos social network, is suffering from an outage today. Users are able to open the app, but no new images are being display. The app loads without actually showing new photos. Instagram sent out a tweet that it is working on the problem. Frustrated users went on Twitter to complain about the issue using the hashtag #InstagramIsDown. Below are some of the best responses.
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Instagram has released version 5.1 of its Android app. The redesign makes Instagram for Android faster and profiles now load in half the time. The size of the app is now half as big as before. The visuals have been simplified and the user interface has been flattened. The app is now supported on a wider range of hardware, including lower end smartphones and Android feature phones.
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Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) photo social network subsidiary Instagram has signed an advertising commitment worth up to $100 million over the next year with agency holding company Omnicom. Instagram opened up their advertising platform four months ago. Michael Kors was Instagram’s first ad client and the photo social network community has been receptive to the ads.