The “King Of Instagram” Now Wants To Be President

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zXycT5FLIn what could be a first in the presidential general election, one man is using his social media clout to seek the highest office in the land.

Dan Bilzerian, the self-styled “King Of Instagram” has seen his fair share of attention online on the social media platform of Instagram thanks to his millions of followers.

He’s also a millionaire who constantly brags about his riches and describes himself as a “sexual philanthropist”.

So Bilzerian has decided that he will run for President.

First order of business will be a massive party at the exclusive nightclub Marquee on June 24th.

Admission to the party begins at $40.

The thing is, Bilzerian doesn’t have that much in the way of strong support.

And of course, there are the incidents of violence he has allegedly inflicted upon others.

One of them involved his throwing a nude porn actress off of a roof.

Another situation saw Bilzerian barred from Snapchat after posting an extremely NSFW photograph.

The campaign has already begun, with t-shirts and tank top available for purchase.

It remains to be see if Bilzerian can command attention like he does on Instagram from his followers.

Christopher A. Smith

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Instagram Issues New Censorship Rules

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Instagram Issues New Censorship RulesInstagram has updated their guidelines for images they will or will not censor.

They’ve decided that certain types of nudity are ok for viewers to look at, while other types of nudity are forbidden.

What’s banned?

Images that display “sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully nude buttocks.”

Strangely, “some photos of female nipples” are allowed, however, others are not. Their guidelines don’t specify which type of female nipples are not allowed, or why.

Here’s what’s allowed:

Post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding.

Nudity portrayed in artwork, such as paintings and sculptures.

Instagram also states that “Offering sexual services, buying or selling illegal or prescription drugs (even if it’s legal in your region), as well as promoting recreational drug use is also not allowed.”

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Create Photo Collages With New Instagram App “Layout”

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Create Photo Collages With New Instagram App "Layout"Instagram has launched a new app today named Layout that lets users create photo collages.

The app is easy to use — just open your camera roll and begin selecting the images you want to use for your collage. The app will also show you a selection consisting only of selfies to make it easier for you to design a collage of selfies-only.

After selecting your collage images, the app will make various grid layout suggestions.

Them you can tweak further by changing an image’s size, and add effects too.

After you’re done with your collage, you’ll be prompted to save it to your camera roll.

Sharing options for Facebook and Instagram are then displayed.

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Republican Lawmaker’s Instagram Account Reveals He Spent Taxpayer Money For Private Entertainment And Travel

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Republican Lawmaker's Instagram Account Reveals He Spent Taxpayer Money For Private Entertainment And TravelA report by the Associated Press reveals that Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock allegedly spent taxpayer money on private entertainment and travel.

The AP was able to track down the activities by examining the images in Schock’s Instagram account.

They looked over the location data from his Instagram images and were then able to match up the locations where the images were taken with flight records and airport stopover information. Those expenses were then checked against his travel billing and campaign records.

Schock, in reply to the allegations, said “Haters are gonna hate.”

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Facebook And Instagram Go Down In Brief Outage

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Facebook And Instagram Go Down In Brief OutageFacebook And Instagram recorded a brief period of downtime on Tuesday; due to an internal glitch.

Facebook was displaying the following message to users during the outage:

“Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”

Facebook’s mobile app was also down in the outage.

Facebook released the following statement:

“Earlier this evening many people had trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram…This was not the result of a third party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems. We moved quickly to fix the problem, and both services are back to 100 percent for everyone.”

A slightly different statement was released to facebook developers:

“Facebook and Instagram experienced a major outage tonight from 22:10 until 23:10 PST. Our engineers identified the cause of the outage and recovered the site quickly. You should now see decreasing error rates while our systems stabilize. We don’t expect any other break in service.”

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Instagram Is Growing Faster Than Any Other Social Network

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Instagram Is Growing Faster Than Any Other Social NetworkA new report has found that Instagram is the fastest growing social network.

26 percent of U.S adults are on Instagram currently.

Instagram is particularly popular amongst young people; 53 percent of people aged 18-29 are on Instagram.

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Instagram Deletes Millions Of Accounts Of Active Users

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Instagram Deletes Millions Of Accounts Of Active UsersIn an effort to knuckle down on spam, Instagram apparently has deleted many legitimate user accounts.

The reaction from users has been swift and brutal.

A campaign to unfollow the official Instagram account has resulted in that account losing 30% of their followers.

Instagram stated in a blog post “When we remove accounts from Instagram that don’t follow our Community Guidelines, you may see a decrease in your follower count…This shouldn’t affect engagement from authentic accounts that like and comment on your posts.”

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Tumblr Tops Instagram As Fasted Growing Social App

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Top Social Media Trends for 2014New social media stats are out from a 170,000 participant GWI report, and it looks like Tumblr is the fastest growing social media app.

In terms of raw growth, Pinterest took second place and Instagram rolled in third.

Facebook has about a third of internet users globally on its network, but is struggling to grow.

Mobile is increasingly important for ad revenue.

In the last six months, Snapchat has reported amazingly high growth, especially among their core demographic of teens and 20-somethings.

All in all, Facebook continues to dominate but there are a huge number of other social media apps looking for a bigger piece of the pie, and it looks like a lot of them are getting it.

Spencer Grover

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China Blocks Instagram

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How To Promote Your Business Using InstagramChina, perhaps in response to the upset in Hong Kong, has blocked Instagram.

The Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters are using social media and the hashtag #occupycentral.

The tag was allowed early yesterday, but today is unavailable on the Chinese version of Twitter.

Following that, reports came in that Instagram is now blocked as well. however, blocking Facebook-owned Instagram in mainland China will not stop it being used by those in Hong Kong or internationally.

It feels a little like an attempt to socially isolate Hong Kong from the rest of China. Or, more precisely, separate the rest of China from Hong Kong.

How China handles the Hong Kong challenge will shape the course China takes over the next 50 years. They just don’t want to make the decision with everyone watching.

Spencer Grover

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Instagram Explains How Hyperlapse Works

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How To Promote Your Business Using InstagramFollowing Instagram’s release of Hyperlapse yesterday, Instagram Engineering blogged about how it actually works.

Hyperlapse is a special sort of time lapse that works with a moving camera (as opposed to normal time lapse, where the camera is stationary). To make the hyperlapse app, Instagram developers worked to stabilize a video as well as create a UI that allowed people to easily adjust settings (like how many frames per second).

To create a stable video, Instagram used Cinema stabilization. This is a combination of frame and gyro (movement) measurements that work together to provide the camera with orientation. Frames then take that orientation value into account and the end result is a video optimized to reduce shaky hands.

For this all to work, Instagram crops the video so that anywhere where there isn’t consistent information in removed (so the video isn’t choppy). This is completed on an as-needed basis, so the more shake there is, the more crop.

So while all this is going on, the UI remains light and simple, facilitating adopters and encouraging creativity. If Instagram’s past efforts are anything to go by, it’s bound to be a success.

– Spencer Grover

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