Instagram is a wildly successful App that allows you to take and share photos with your followers. More importantly you can share those same photos to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Flickr and Email. This means that Instagram is now my App of choice for taking a photo with my iPhone and then simultaneously sharing it with all my favorite social networking sites. Instagram just went to version 3.0 and updates the look and feel of the profile page, but more importantly now gives you the ability to add your photos to the map (geotag). If your existing photos have location information in them you’ll be given the option on a picture by picture basis to either add them to the map or not. Your new photos can automatically go to the map. Your followers will be able to see where in the world your photos were taken by simply going to your map and tapping on any photos that you’ve added.
While I welcome this update, I’d love to see a native iPad version as well as the ability to share to Google+ (if the API exists).
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Believe it or not Pinterest is the 3rd largest social network in the US! Up until a few days ago it was an “invite only” network while they were testing and tweaking it to get it right. Now it’s open to all and you can just sign up for an account. Pinterest takes an interesting approach that allows you to setup “boards” and “pin” items of “interest” to those boards for your followers to see.
What is Pinterest for?
Most of these pins are photos, but they can also be things like YouTube videos. I have dabbled with Pinterest and since I have several choices of other sites to show my photography, I DON’T use Pinterest for my photography. Instead, I use it to show other things that I’m interested in. Also photographers have typically been displeased with the use of Pinterest in some ways to violate photographers rights by the site allowing anyone to post pictures from anywhere even if they don’t own the rights to do so. I haven’t look recently to see if their terms of service have changed.
Going iPad native
Whether you like this relatively new social network or not, you have to give them credit for going mobile and iPad native faster than most of the other big networks. It took both Facebook and Google+ relatively forever to bring out their tablet versions. Pinterest for iOS is a Universal App that allows you to:
- Pin your inspirations to online pinboards so you can find them later
- Check out categories to find inspiration for your life in areas like Design, Travel, or Food and Drink
- Follow boards that interest you to discover even more
- Create new pins with your camera
You can also sign up for a Free Pinterest account right in the App.
Be sure to follow me on Pinterest once you get on