What’s Instagram and Snapchat?

It is hard to keep up with all the latest Internet fads. I asked some students at Columbia what the latest “big thing” is and they said Instagram, which is a popular photo sharing service. That was a few months ago. Things have since changed.

Here is a Wall Street Journal guide to the different photo sharing services. Sharing pictures online or on phones is dangerous. This is just an informational post and not a discussion about what to avoid and what not, which would also be valuable. But at least now you will know what the words Flickr and Instagram mean (link):

Choosing The Right Photo Service

Holidays are a time for taking photos and sharing them with family and friends.

But the rapid spread of camera-equipped smartphones has inspired a confusing array of sharing options, as new services and app makers dream up features to gain an edge on rivals.

Here’s a roadmap of some of the services and what they offer:

With an iPhone, some of choices have already been made for you. Apple’s free iCloud service has a built-in feature called “Photo Stream,” which is designed to synchronize the photos customers take on their phones with the photo albums on their iPads and computers.

Snap a photo, and it’s instantly beamed to Apple’s iCloud servers, and then down again to any other devices signed in with the same iCloud account. Apple also allows customers to share their photos with other iDevice-wielding friends…..

Read the full article here: link.

But even more cutting edge is Snapchat. CNN explains (link):

You may not have heard of Snapchat. But if there are teenagers or 20-somethings in your life, it’s a safe bet that they have.
Snapchat is a mobile app which lets users share images or videos that disappear after a few seconds. That’s right — they vanish forever in the time it takes you to read a tweet.
In a little over a year since it was released by a Stanford student and his recently graduated business partner, Snapchat has has quietly amassed millions of users and now claims to process more than 30 million messages a day. Some bloggers have called it the “next Instagram.”…

Read the whole article here: link.

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