Engadget: Instagram gives businesses tools to keep comments in check. “Instagram has updated its API and is giving businesses access to content metrics as well as new tools for managing comments. Now, through the API, businesses can turn comments on and off as well as hide them. Business accounts already had access to these sorts of features already, but this is the first time Instagram has given them the ability use those features through their marketing dashboards.”
The Verge: Instagram Is Pushing Restaurants To Be Kitschy, Colorful, And Irresistible To Photographers. “When it came time to design their first restaurant, Media Noche, San Francisco entrepreneurs Madelyn Markoe and Jessie Barker found themselves lacking inspiration. Their designer had asked them for ideas and they felt like ‘deer in headlights.’ Ultimately, Markoe says, they came up with a single instruction: ‘We wanted to be Instagrammable.'”
Ubergizmo: Survey Finds That Instagram Is The Platform Of Choice For Cyberbullies. “When it comes to online harassment, it seems like Twitter has gotten a pretty bad rep, thus forcing the company to step up their efforts in protecting their users from trolls and cyberbullies with various privacy and blocking tools. However it seems that while Twitter is getting the brunt of the bad rep, Instagram could actually have a problem of its own.”
MakeUseOf: Who Unfollowed Me on Instagram? The Only Way to Find Out. “Every Instagram addict wants more likes, and that means getting more followers. However, it’s just as important to retain your current followers. But can you really see who unfollowed you on Instagram? A quick Google search for this problem will yield a bunch of guides and apps, so I tried out each of those guides and each of those apps, going till the fifth page of search results. Here are my results.” The article is a lot more information-dense than the headline might lead you to believe.
Fast Company: How Instagram Learns From Your Likes To Keep You Hooked
. “The Explore tab is essentially one giant recommendation engine. But the ever-evolving methodology Instagram uses to sort through one of the world’s largest networks of photographs, comments, and likes is far more complex than your standard, ‘If you like that, you’ll like this’ logic. And, surprisingly, Instagram says that despite the image recognition capabilities of parent company Facebook, there’s no machine vision involved.”
CNET: Nike will soon sell you shoes on Instagram. “In a recent earnings call, athletic apparel-maker Nike announced that it’ll soon start selling shoes someplace you might not have expected — Instagram. There, it’ll join other select brands like Kate Spade and Warby Parker in using Instagram-style posts to advertise its products and make it simple for people to buy them. “
Digital Trends: Colorkuler Will Generate A Color Palette Based On Your Instagram Profile. “If there is one thing that stands out about the greatest photographers it is that they almost always have a clear and consistent style used in their imagery. This is part of what allows their work to be easily recognizable. Many photographers struggle with trying to define and nail down what their style really is, but a new tool called ColorKuler is looking to help people get it sorted out.”