What is Instagram’s next big thing? Messaging, perhaps

Instagram, a visual communication platform is looking for way to expand its appeal to its 200 million (and growing) community of users. First it was short-form video. Now it has a whole new feature up its sleeve. What is that? Read on to find out.

Whose (Instagram) ad is it anyway?

Instagram started experimenting with advertising recently. It is only following what its members have already started doing – embedding commercial messages into instagrams they share. It might pose an interesting challenge for the photo network.

Instagram ads and the future of brand advertising

Instagram is a unique place and offers a unique experience, one that is hard to imagine with ads and commercial messages. And that day arrived last week. My reflections on what it mean for brand and display advertising.

7 Stories to read this weekend

Google cars, new attitudes towards mass transit, crazy future we live in, David Byrne, Zulily IPO, Malcom Gladwell, TED Talks and why bags made from crocodile skins so expensive — these are some of the stories on menu this weekend.

7 stories to read this weekend

Saving Nokia, the page view apocalypse, Jonathan Franzen is old and cranky, corn is king, Senegal and the American South, the story of The Climate Company, and the modern genome gold rush — these are some of the stories for your weekend reading pleasure.

Instagram and Me: 3 years later, a love affair continues

Three years and 150 million users later, Instagram, the photo sharing service that launched on October 6, 2010 is growing up — it needs to sell ads and make money. And as it grows up, I can say my love for it hasn’t diminished.

Instagram growth up sharply, says it has 150 million users

Instagram says it has 150 million users and it signed up about 50 million users in past six months. The company is benefitting from the sharp increase in smartphone penetration, especially overseas where Android juggernaut has caught full momentum. Nearly 60% of its users are overseas.