Instagram Direct Means Not Everyone Has To See That Late-Night Selfie You Can’t Help But Share

One more step up on the ladder to becoming more like its parent company Facebook, Instagram announced a new feature today that could change how you share your life by allowing you to choose who you’re sharing certain photos with. [More]


If A Stranger Asks For Your Debit Card And PIN Over Instagram, Don’t Mail It To Them

Most of our readers are probably savvy enough to know this, but we were all young and innocent once. Like many classic scams, the “crackin’ cards” fraud depends on the victim’s own greed. The pitch? They’ll deposit a check in your account, make a withdrawal, and leave some of the proceeds behind for you. [More]

Example shown is an ad for Instagram itself.

Instagram Ads Start Next Week And This Is What They’ll Look Like In Your Feed

Because no social media service can ever stay ad-free forever, the inevitable is upon us: Instagram will start rolling out ads next week in paid posts. But Instagram is trying to be gentle, well, at least at first. [More]

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Does Looking At Photos Of Food On Instagram Make You Less Hungry?

Scrolling through your friends’ Instagram photos can prompt eye rolls (More feet? Really? No one wants to see you standing, we all have that ability) sighs of jealousy at far-flung locations and perhaps a vicarious rumble in the stomach at the sight of yet another picture of a friend’s food. But all those foodie photos could actually be doing the opposite in the long run, essentially spoiling your appetite. [More]


The TSA’s Instagram Of Confiscated Items Exhibits Quite An Enthusiasm For Hashtags

If you have had it up to here — and I mean, all the way up here — with baby and food and baby food photos on Instagram, we’re here to let you know there are other options. The Transportation Security Administration’s new Instagram of confiscated items will likely not have any of the aforementioned pictures, unless your baby is actually a grenade. [More]


Some Restaurants Now Courting Instagrammers Because Food Porn Is Great For Business

Raise your hand if you’ve ever seen a photo of food on Instagram taken by a friend, or have ever snapped a shot of your meal… Ah, I see that each and every one of you are raising your hands because along with feet, furries (cats and dogs, not cos play) and selfies, food porn is super popular on Instagram. That’s why some restaurants are inviting customers to post pics of their meals — as long as the food looks good. No one wants to see the goulash with a Kelvin filter. Shudder. [More]

Now with talkies!

Facebook Launches Instagram Videos So You Can Make Moving Selfies Just Like In Days Of Yore

Charlie Chaplin. Alfred Hitchcock. Martin Scorsese. What if all those filmmakers could’ve taken 15-second selfie videos and slapped old-timey effects on them? Think of how great they could’ve been! If only they had Facebook’s new video service for Instagram, complete with all those sepia-toned, vintage-looking filters beloved by self-portrait artists flashing duck faces at their phones everywhere. [More]

This just got real.

Instagram Becomes More Like Papa Facebook With New Photo-Tagging Feature

The apple doesn’t fall from the tree in the Facebook family, it seems, although we’re honestly surprised it took this long: In a like father, like acquired property move, Instagram will now feature a photo-tagging function, so you can tag friends, things and oh yeah — brands. You can be your own little advertiser! [More]

Restaurant Learns Instagram Isn’t Intended For Hurling Racial Slurs At Bad Tippers

Restaurant Learns Instagram Isn’t Intended For Hurling Racial Slurs At Bad Tippers

Someone at a restaurant in Delaware missed the class where they explain that the usual place to vent racially biased frustration at a customer is on the receipt, as the eatery is now having to do a lot of apologizing for things that showed up on its Instagram page. [More]

Insta-policies abounding!

Instagram Reminds Users That Updated Terms Of Service Goes Into Effect This Week

It seems like only last month (because it was) that everyone was threatening to quit Instagram over the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy it introduced in December, and now here we are on the brink of that update happening. Of course, the policies that go into effect Jan. 19 — instead of today as originally planned — don’t include those pesky advertising efforts that caused such a stir. [More]

(NW Sunshine)

Some Of Those Threats Weren’t Empty: 25% Of Instagram Users May Have Quit Over TOS

UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: It seems those numbers from AppData indicating that Instagram is leaking users aren’t quite all they’re cracked up to be. To that end, a spokeswoman for Instagram denies the app is losing users, saying in a statement: “We continue to see strong and steady growth in both registered and active users of Instagram.” [More]

Merry Christmas, Instagram.

It Was Only A Matter Of Time: Instagram Hit With Civil Lawsuit Over Terms Of Service

While many of us were hanging our stockings with care on Monday evening, Facebook and Instagram were facing a far less cheery Christmas present in the form of a proposed class action lawsuit filed in a federal court in California. Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a little legal action against a ginormous social network, right? [More]

Instagram's new TOS takes away your right to a class-action lawsuit, unless you opt out now.

Here’s How To Opt Out Of Instagram’s New Arbitration Clause

Among the other controversial changes to Instagram’s Terms of Service is a spanking new forced-arbitration clause that, as things do, effectively takes away consumers’ rights to band together in a class-action against the company. Thankfully, you can opt out of the clause in writing before Feb. 15, 2013. [More]

Instagram does some insta-backpedaling.

Instagram Decides To Scrap Update To Advertising Section Of Terms Of Service

The backpedaling continues at Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service that ticked off a lot of users this week with some controversial changes to its Terms of Service and its Privacy Policy. It eventually agreed to change some of the language to quell concerns, but has now decided to just go back to the way things were. [More]


Instagram’s Most Followed User Kim Kardashian Might Totally Break Up With It

Despite the backpedaling Instagram performed on Tuesday night in the wake of a widespread backlash against its controversial new terms of service and privacy policy, the social media service is still facing the prospect of losing a lot of users. And if it loses its most followed user, things could be even worse. Do you really want Kim Kardashian to leave and possibly take a chunk of her 5.7 million followers with her, Instagram? Well, do ya? [More]


After Backlash, Instagram Backpedals A Bit On Changes To Terms Of Service & Privacy Policy

Yesterday, the folks at Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service, announced upcoming changes to its terms of service that raised concerns about privacy and content-ownership. With some users already talking about deleting their accounts, Instagram has issued a maybe-we-didn’t-think-this-through update. [More]


So Here’s How You Delete Your Instagram Account

If you’re among the many Instagram users who are taking to the Internets to grumble about the photo service’s new terms of service and privacy policy, both taking effect Jan. 16, you might be considering the next  and final step — deleting your account. The bad news is it’s the only way to keep your photos out of the hands of Facebook advertisers. The good news is, it’s easy to do. [More]


Don’t Like Instagram’s New Terms Of Service & Privacy Policy? Quitting Is The Only Way Out

It seems like every week users of social network Instagram have been seeing more and more changes, all leading the service down the merry path toward becoming more and more like its parent company, Facebook. There was the Twitter card break-up, followed by the revelation that yes, Instagram would get ads. And now the service has updated its terms of service and privacy policy in ways that might see a whole lot of users fleeing for good. [More]