Instagram

No more cropping: Instagram now lets you post landscapes and portraits

Wish you didn't have to crop a photo for Instagram? The photo-sharing social network now lets you post photos in landscape or portrait orientations, in addition to the square. It also applies to videos.

Photography

The art of communication in the 21st century — it’s not your grandma’s scene

According to a recent Pew Research study regarding mobile messaging and social media in 2015, both Instagram and Pinterest have seen their user base numbers double in the last three years.

Social Media

San Francisco employs ‘Instagram officer’ to help track down criminals

It's well known that police departments have for a long time been using social media sites to help them track down criminals, though recently published court filings in San Francisco reveal that the department there employs its very own "Instagram officer."

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More Instagram ads on the way after company flips switch on new API

Instagram flipped the switch on its new Ads API this week, making it much easier for businesses to advertise on the service. As a user, you'll likely notice a gradual increase in the number of ads, though Instagram will be careful to keep users on side.

Mobile

Baby role-play, or virtual kidnapping, is the most disturbing Instagram hashtag ever

In what may be the most disturbing trend to hit social media ever, some parents are discovering that their children have become victims of what is essentially virtual kidnapping, or baby role-play.

Mobile

Rich kids flaunt wealth on Instagram and Snapchat, will make your blood boil

Rich kids are taking to social media to rub their parents' wealth in everyone's faces. The "Rich Kids of Instagram" and "Rich Kids of Snapchat" accounts display in-your-face wealth.

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3 iPhone apps to help you create incredible Instagram photos

Everyone can post to Instagram but not everyone tends to post something special. If you're looking to stand out among the crowd these top 3 iOS photo-editing apps will help you create the perfect pic.

Mobile

Target can now scour your Instagram photos to help decorate your dorm, if you want

Does whatever you like on Facebook contribute to your personal sense of style? According to Target, yes. They want to use college students' Facebook and Instagram profiles to determine dorm-room decor.

Home

Instagram apologizes to user for handing his account to soccer star with same name

Andrés Iniesta was happy filling his Instagram account with photos of his kids, buildings, and, of course, food. But after his account was closed for supposedly violating the site's terms, he noticed a much more famous Iniesta very quickly took his place.

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Instagram at last brings search to Web version

It's been a while coming, but Instagram has finally seen fit to introduce a search tool for the Web version of its photo-sharing service. Rolled out on Monday, the new feature lets users search for content by hashtag, location, and user name

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Storytelling social network Flipagram signs music licensing deals with majors

Flipagram announced it has signed licensing deals with major record companies and music publishers. Users can now easily add popular music into their photo-video slideshows. For the music industry, it taps into Flipagram's growing user base.

Social Media

That spike in Instagram followers you had is due to a bug, not newfound popularity

Recently, a bug on Instagram caused some users' accounts to see a marked increase in their follower counts. Instagram is working on fixing it, so enjoy your popularity while you still can.

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Justin Bieber’s gratuitous photo shows Instagram’s ‘no nudity’ policy is broken

How much bare skin can one show before it violates Instagram's strict "no nudity" policy? Justin Bieber was able to get away with a full backside photo, so why didn't the social network enforce its rules?

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Your Instagram pics are about to look a whole lot better with 1080-pixel resolution

Instagram finally supports higher-resolution images of 1080 x 1080 pixels. Previously, the app only allows 640 x 640-pixel resolution images, even though smartphone cameras now have higher-resolution screens and cameras.

Photography

You can finally immortalize your White House tour on social media with selfies

On Wednesday, overturning a 40-year-old rule, the White House finally allowed tour goers to use social media and take photographs on tours of the presidential residence, which will likely result in some pretty epic selfies and Snapchats.

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