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Instagram Decides It’s Not Hip To Only Be Square, Will Now Allow Rectangular Images & Videos

If you’ve ever had to take a screenshot of a rectangular photo on your phone just so you could crop it into a square to post on Instagram, you’ll be glad to hear this news: the photo-sharing app announced Thursday that it’ll now allow landscape and portrait photos and videos instead of only square-shaped media. [More]

Instagram Is Sorry For Taking Account Away From User, Giving It To Famous Soccer Star

Instagram Is Sorry For Taking Account Away From User, Giving It To Famous Soccer Star

Though it’s not uncommon to find squatters camped out on the accounts of famous people on social media sites like Instagram and Twitter, what happens if you’re a real person with a real social media presence, and you just happen to share a name with a celebrity? You might just get the boot, at least until you can plead your case. [More]

(some pretentious sandwich-eating twit)

Instagram Is Down, People Forced To Look At Own Lunches

Time to brace ourselves, Internet: image-sharing site Instagram is down. While as of right now you can still view pictures and feeds directly, users can’t log in if they aren’t already logged in, and can’t like or comment on photos if they are logged in. Update: Instagram is working again: you’ll be able to browse your friends’ farmer’s market hauls with no problem. [More]

Advertisers Can Now Add Action Buttons Like “Shop Now” To Instagram Ads

Advertisers Can Now Add Action Buttons Like “Shop Now” To Instagram Ads

The days of an ad-free Instagram are long gone, lost in the pre-Facebook ownership days, so it might be no surprise that the photo-and-video-sharing social media app will now feature ads that let viewers take action beyond liking or commenting on them. [More]

That $750K/year egg wash in action on Chili's Instagram.

Chili’s Gave Its Food A Makeover So Customers Will Post Photos Of It On Social Media

Set a good-looking plate of food in front of someone these days and FWIP! Out come the smartphones to take a photo of the culinary creation and post it on social media for all to see and envy. But apparently Chili’s wasn’t feeling like the prettiest girl at the ball, so to get more Instagram love, it changed up how it presents its food. [More]

Instagram has clarified its community guidelines, adding details to already existing policies.

Instagram Updates Community Standards To Clarify Rules On Porn, Harassment

So far in 2015, some of the top social media and blogger platform companies have made changes to their content policies. While Facebook clarified its approach to complaints about supposedly offensive posts, Google went back-and-forth on its content policy regarding sexually explicit or graphic nudity on its Blogger platform. Now, Instagram is getting in on the action by adding details to rules governing user conduct and what is deemed appropriate content on the photo sharing site. [More]

Domino’s Promotion Guilts Stores That Haven’t Dropped “Pizza” From Restaurant Signage

Domino’s Promotion Guilts Stores That Haven’t Dropped “Pizza” From Restaurant Signage

You may have heard that Domino’s Pizza changed its name recently, simply dropping the Pizza, because, you know, it sells more than just circles of sauce and cheese now. To make sure the new name is being used, the company started an initiative asking customers to embarrass stores using the old name and logo by shaming them on social media. [More]

(cousinmacho)

Facebook Says Hour-Long Global Outage Was Its Own Fault, Not The Work Of Hackers

After Facebook and Instagram went down around the world for about an hour earlier today, the social media giant announced that despite the claims of hackers on Twitter, it’s placing the blame squarely on itself, saying it was a self-inflicted outage. [More]

Until a recent update, images posted to Instagram when your account was private could still be accessed even after your account was set to private.

Instagram Fixes A Loophole That Allowed Public To See Private Pics

Some 300 million people have accounts on Facebook-owned photo-sharing service Instagram, and while many of those users are fine with letting the world see every image they post, some Instagrammers prefer to keep their pics private. However, until this weekend there was a loophole that could give people unauthorized access to private images on Instagram. [More]

Polaroid Tries To Take Back Photography, Sells Instagram Camera

Polaroid Tries To Take Back Photography, Sells Instagram Camera

The name of Instagram sort of derives from the name Instamatic, but the social media app’s logo evokes the Polaroid One Step, a useful and beautiful photography icon with a distinctive rainbow stripe. Now the reborn Polaroid company has created a device that’s a combination digital camera and mini-printer, which uses wi-fi or a nearby mobile phone to post pictures to social media. Mostly Instagram. [More]

(cousinmacho)

Swedish Hotel Offering Free 7-Night Stays For People With More Than 2,000 Facebook Friends

We already know the value companies place on attracting new fans on social media, which is part of the reason using sites like Facebook and Instagram is free: Advertisers want your attention and they want the attention of your friends. So in order to harness the power of social media, one Swedish hotel is offering up a tasty bit of bait in the form of free stays for the big hitters on Facebook and Instagram. [More]

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Reminder: Don’t Post Photos Of Your Paycheck On Social Media If You’d Like To Avoid ID Theft

One way to be sure you aren’t sharing your financial information with the entire Internet? Don’t post it on social media by way of a paycheck made out to you. Yes, you should be proud that you’re raking in the dough. But if you want to keep your identity safe, plastering it on the web is not the way to go. [More]

No, Virgin Atlantic Is Not Going To Give You A Free Plane Ticket

No, Virgin Atlantic Is Not Going To Give You A Free Plane Ticket

When you’re about to follow a company on your social media site of choice or share an image or status in the hopes of receiving free stuff, stop. Apply critical thinking. Is it likely that an airline will give free flight passes to twenty thousand of its Instagram followers? Twenty, maybe, but not twenty thousand. [More]

It's a mirror, get it? (bnilsen)

Spammy Creeps Mimicking Real Instagram Users’ Accounts Using Their Own Photos

How many online versions of you are there out there? While it might be relatively easy to crack down on a spammer trying to use your email address or hack into your social media accounts, there could be multiple versions of you on Instagram without any hint that they exist — until they start tagging your friends. [More]

Instagram’s New Hyperlapse App Turns Anyone Into A Professional Videographer

Instagram’s New Hyperlapse App Turns Anyone Into A Professional Videographer

There’s something new lurking over at Instagram. The social site unveiled its latest project app that allows consumers to take professional-quality video with their smartphones: Hyperlapse. [More]

Caramel Apple Oreos Arrive In Target Stores Today

Caramel Apple Oreos Arrive In Target Stores Today

Is caramel apple the new pumpkin spice? It could be: when Americans reach the level of pumpkin spice fatigue, they’ll be looking for new, non-orange but still fall-themed snacks. Starting today, you can pick up Caramel Apple flavored Oreos…only at Target. [More]

McDonald’s Mistakenly Thinks It Is Loved By Internet, Will Not Be Mercilessly Mocked On Instagram

McDonald’s Mistakenly Thinks It Is Loved By Internet, Will Not Be Mercilessly Mocked On Instagram

In spite of Instagram’s warm-and-fuzzy, heavily filtered appearance, its users are no less likely to rip others to shreds for their own amusement than anyone else on the Internet. This fact was lost on McDonald’s, which inexplicably thought it could unleash ads on Instagram without being subject to an acid-tongued backlash from users. [More]

A Restaurant Photo Booth Station Takes Food Oversharing To A Whole New, Scary Level

A Restaurant Photo Booth Station Takes Food Oversharing To A Whole New, Scary Level

Currently in my phone I have at least six photos of meals I’ve prepared and/or consumed. And yes, three of those have been posted to social media because I, like many other humans who eat food, sometimes find myself so full of admiration for the stuff, I feel the need to share it. But the idea of a veritable photo booth at a restaurant existing solely for food photos (phodos? phoodos?), well, that’s a bit intense. [More]