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Instagram Blocks Hashtags Used to Sell Drugs on the Service

Instagram Blocks Hashtags Used to Sell Drugs on the Service

The photo sharing service Instagram has taken steps to block certain hashtags in a bid to stamp out the sale of illegal drugs via its users. The social networking site – where people post and comment on photographs and videos – announced the move after a BBC investigation, which found users were showing narcotics and ...

Five Percent of Instagram Ads Lead to ‘Likes’

Five Percent of Instagram Ads Lead to ‘Likes’

Despite a lot of complaints about the ads Instagram began running recently, the Facebook-owned mobile photo and video sharing service is seeing success so far from the ads, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said on Wednesday. Speaking at Gigaom’s Roadmap conference in San Francisco today, Systrom said more than 5% of the ads, ...

Instagram’s First Ad Raised ‘Likes’ of Michael Kors by 370%

Instagram’s First Ad Raised ‘Likes’ of Michael Kors by 370%

Four days after fashion designer Michael Kors became the first brand to run ads on Instagram, Nitrogram, a company specializing in analytics for Instagram, has taken a peek behind some of the key metrics of the inaugural campaign. Just to recap, Instagram revealed it would begin offering sponsored posts in its app last ...

Instagram Ads Are Live, Instagram Users Are Unhappy

Instagram Ads Are Live, Instagram Users Are Unhappy

A new era has begun in the kingdom of photo filters and hashtags. Instagram has recently served users in the US its first ad ever, and (as par for the course for a change this big) not everyone's happy. The unlucky guinea pig getting all the hate is fashion designer Michael Kors, who featured one of his timepieces on the ...

Instagram Previews Ads, Will Launch Trial in Next Week

Instagram Previews Ads, Will Launch Trial in Next Week

Instagram on Thursday revealed how ads will look like on the social network when they finally come to the photo-sharing app. The Facebook-owned company is treading carefully and says it will gently introduce users to the concept by posting a one-time sample ad for its US-based users “within the coming week.” Earlier ...

Instagram is Being Used to (Mostly Legally) Sell Guns

Instagram is Being Used to (Mostly Legally) Sell Guns

Among all the sneakers, dresses, paintings, and dogs being filtered and sold through ad-hoc negotiations on Instagram, there is one outlier: guns. A simple search on the increasingly popular photography app, which Facebook bought in April 2012 for $1 billion, reveals a web of semi-anonymous private and professional dealers ...

Instagram Finally Coming to Windows Phone in the Coming Weeks

Instagram Finally Coming to Windows Phone in the Coming Weeks

During Nokia’s Lumia tablet and smartphone event in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom revealed the app most Windows Phone users have been eagerly waiting for is finally coming. When? An exact date wasn’t given; all we know is Instagram will arrive in the “coming weeks,” so it’s safe ...

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – October 17, 2013

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – October 17, 2013

Stop! Close that Instagram app, put your phone down and step away from your dinner! We’ve become obsessed with photographing every meal, but a new study says that food photos on Instagram ruin the enjoyment of food for everyone at the table. Two researchers at Brigham Young University had 232 people look at and rate ...

Instagram Now Requires Videos to Autoplay

Instagram Now Requires Videos to Autoplay

Instagram announced earlier this month that it will begin serving in-feed advertising before the end of the year, and the Facebook-owned photo and video app has made a subtle, but important, change after it removed the option to switch off autoplay for videos on iOS. (The Android app retains an option to disable autoplay ...

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – October 8, 2013

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – October 8, 2013

The time has finally come; Instagram users will soon start to see advertisements in their feeds. The company recently announced that users in the United States will start to see video and image ads over the next couple of months from brands they don’t follow. Instagram knows people aren’t going to be happy about this, ...