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Instagram on the web gets clean and flat

This midweek, Instagram has updated the look and feel of Instagram on the web, both for desktop and mobile, redesigning its web profiles, feeds, and hashtag pages to tidy them up and for faster loading.

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Gone are the rotating images on top, now with a cleaner, flatter layout, and a grid of larger images in rows of three, reflecting the same neat look on the mobile version. Continue Reading →

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Web embedding your Instagram

Today, Instagram introduced web embedding, which will make it easy to add Instagram photos and videos to blogs or websites. In its blog Instagram emphasized ownership (probably to prevent another brouhaha), that no matter where your content appears, your photos or videos will be rightfully attributed to you, as the embed code will display your Instagram username and will redirect to your web profile when clicked. Note that web embedding works only for Instagram accounts that are set to public. Here’s mine as a sample:

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Cheers to 5 years of Apple’s App Store!

It’s July 10 yet ahead of App Store’s 5th year anniversary today, Apple launched (or perhaps leaked) a limited-time offer that includes 10 of its most notable iOS apps – that’s five landmark games and five groundbreaking apps – all of which you can download for free, in celebration of the first five years of Apple’s App Store.

Check out what these 10 apps are here. Though I own some of the apps on offer already, I of course downloaded the rest, with Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything and BADLAND being my personal favorite.

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Visual storytelling via VSCO Grid

Just got my VSCO Grid, the free minimalist publishing platform directly integrated into the new VSCO Cam app, that’s currently on a scaled deployment. Visual Supply Co, the company behind this and other creativity tools, is quick to note that VSCO Grid is not a social network – no followers, likes, or comments – instead it’s focused on craft, curation, and content, and therefore not competing with Instagram. And that should differentiate its service for showcasing mobile photography.  

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I have yet to upload more snapshots (most have been posted in Instagram) but I intend to fill my VSCO Grid with a unique set of visual stories.

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