Visual Social Networks
Instagram has been making headlines lately. Originally an iPhone app, Instagram is a social platform for mobile photos. After snapping a photo, simple filters and effects can be applied before posting to the platform or sharing to your other social properties (Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, etc.). The application later released an Android app, has received rousing adoption and the community is growing by leaps and bounds. Of course then, there was little surprise that Facebook acquired the company for $1,000,000,000!
Pinterest is the online equivalent of your local cafe’s community corkboard. Instead of business cards and babysitting flyers, photos or videos are ‘pinned’ and organized on ‘boards’ where Pinterest users can ‘repin’, ‘like’, or ‘comment’. Captions can be included with the bookmarked content where users can add links to direct traffic or describe the content of the media. Pinterest profiles become clean collages of aggregated interests.
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