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  • Initial Release: 4 Oct 2010
  • Vendor: Instagram, Inc.
  • Version: 6.10.1
  • Price: Free

Instagram, now owned by Facebook, is a massively popular social photo sharing network that's more recently expanded into video and messaging as well. With Instagram you can take photos, scale and crop them down to a square aspect ratio, rotate, add blur, filters, and framing, and post them to your timeline or send them directly to friends. You can also record crop, filter, and post video.

Currently Instagram supports direct posting to both Twitter and Facebook. You can also use the Photo Map feature in Instagram in order to view all of your photos in a map view. Over time Instagram has added more filters and more editing tools for users to take advantage of. In order to compete with other photo sharing services and replacement Camera apps, Instagram has added more and more powerful editing tools to ensure it's your one stop shop for taking, editing, and sharing your images. Recent updates to the Instagram app itself have included advanced editing options such as exposure, sharpening, warmth, saturation, and more.

Instagram videos can be anywhere from 3 to 15 seconds in length. You can either take a new video or import existing video and select the portions you'd like Instagram to use. You can then add filters just as you would to a still photo. Most recently, the direct messaging feature of Instagram lets you send private photos and videos to your friends without having to post them to your Instagram timeline.

Instagram has yet to ship an iPad-optimized version, though the iPhone version can be run on the iPad.

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Instagram adds Color and Fade options, available on iPhone in a few days

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Instagram adds emoji support for hashtags, along with three new filters

Instagram adds emoji support for hashtags, along with three new filters

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Instagram adds Color and Fade options, available on iPhone in a few days

Instagram adds Color and Fade options, available on iPhone in a few days

Instagram has announced two new features, Color and Fade, both of which will be available in an update to the iPhone and iPad app in the next few days. As though there was any shortage of filters and options to change the look of your selfies or food pictures, Instagram has added two new options...
Layout is like collages, but built into Instagram

Instagram introduces 'Layout': it's like collages, but for Instagram

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How to upload a non-square photo to Instagram

How to upload a non-square photo to Instagram

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Hey Instagram, can we talk about your still-missing iPad app?

Hey Instagram, can we talk about your still-missing iPad app?

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How to save high-resolution versions of your Instagram photos

How to save high-resolution versions of your Instagram photos

Once you've posted a photo using Instagram, the incredibly popular social photo network, it's locked into its tiny filtered form. Instagram doesn't even let you download it after the fact — you need to screenshot it or resort to a third-part ripper, even for your own photos. What Instagram does...
DIY projects: How to make an awesome wall collage using your Instagram photos!

DIY: How to make an awesome wall collage using your Instagram photos!

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Some teens turn to AirDrop instead of Snapchat and Instagram

Some teens turn to AirDrop instead of Snapchat and Instagram

Sharing photos is a popular pastime for teens with smartphones, and there's no shortage of services to cater to them — Snapchat and Instagram remain popular options. But there's another way to share photos and other files that may be picking up steam, especially among young people with iPhones:...
Instagram drops the hammer in spam account purge

Instagram follower count just drop? Here's why!

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How to hide (and rearrange) Instagram filters

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