A photo-sharing program, Instagram was launched in 2010. It enabled the users to take photos and apply digital filter and share the photos on social networking sites including Instagram’s own website. It confines photo images to a square shape, similar to Instamatic (Kodak) and Polaroid images opposite to the 4:3 ratios that are used by most mobile devices. Usually supported on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, April 2012 saw the organization support Android 2.2 (Froyo or higher). Distributed via the Google Play or iTunes App, Facebook purchased the company for approximately $1 billion in cash and stock in April 2012.
History of Instagram
This iPhone Application Development began in San Francisco with Michel “Mike” Kreiger and Kevin Systrom. They had decided to focus their multiple featured HTML5 project Burbn on mobile photography. March 2010 saw Systrom closing $5 million seed funding from Andreesen Horowitz and Baseline Ventures, whilst working on Burbn.
January 2011, Instagram added hastags that helped its users to discover the photos. Encouraging and enabling users to tag both the specific and the relevant, this attracted like-minded Instagrammers. The version 2.0 went live in September 2011 in App store. The version included instant tilt shift, live filters, high-resolution photos, one click rotation, updated icon, and optional borders. April 3, 2012 Instagram released a version for Android.
Popularity of Instagram
Any active social networker will not deny the phenomenon Instagram. It is mobile photo sharing application wherein the users provide photo updates just like regular status updates of Facebook. The application enables to alter photos, add filters that would mimic the look of low-end film cameras.
Some cool things that can be done with Instagram:
Instamap: The Instamap app on iPad enables browsing of photographs by location or tags. It can be switched to attractive gallery view. With the app, it is also easy to delete and add Instagram subscriptions and leave comments. Updated in real time, there is no waiting involved for the uploading of fresh pictures.
Filter Options: Installed with a set of 15 retro photo filters, iPhone users can access more options for the mix and match. The 100 Cameras in 1 Mobile Application Development is done in such a way, that the photos can be directly edited and exported to Instagram instantly.
Decorating the Desktop: The application Carousel, enables to view the Instagram photos on the Mac desktop. The user can choose from the minimalistic themes and enjoy the vertically scrolling images in the Instagram.
Facebook and Instagram
The integration of Instagram and Facebook was first announced in April 9, 2012. Facebook acquired the app for $1 billion. The CEO and Co-Founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg commented on his Facebook page that since Facebook believes in providing the best experience for sharing photos, working with the Instagram team would enable them to offer mobile photos with people they care the most about.
The news was shocking for some as Instagram raised $50 million in Series B Venture round, which was led by Sequoia Capital. This instantly put the company at $500 million valuation. Kevin Systrom, wrote on Instagram’s blog that the support and cross-pollination of ideas and talents in a place like Facebook could create more interesting and exciting future for Instagram and Facebook alike. He went on to add that this does not mean that Instagram is going away. They would be working with Facebook to evolve and build the network. Instagram promised to integrate new features and create better user experience.
Instagram saw a stellar first quarter with it releasing an Android version and its huge venture and evaluation. Sources claimed that the Android version of the app was downloaded more than 1 million times within the first 12 hours. Instagram would remain the largest acquisition by Facebook. Some even went on to say, the deal would squash all competition for the social networking website, Facebook.
AUTHOR BIO: Mobile Application Development has grown rapidly. What started out as the iPhone Application Development , Instagram has ascended the stairs of social media to become platform for photo sharing. Aditi Biswas believes that Instagram brings forth the revolutionary pathway of mobile apps. A blogger by profession, she is also an avid reader and loves concocting gastronomic delights for her friends and family.