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Teenagers don’t use social media to share links, says Microsoft researcher

Fast Company
In a conversation with Evie Nagy, Microsoft Research Principal Researcher danah boyd talks about how teens use social media. It's not the same way grown-ups do:
My adult Twitter experience is more of people using it for professional communication or news sharing or brand building or comedy. How do teens use Twitter differently, and what do adults need to understand most?

The first thing you would notice if you were following teenagers is that you would not see very many links. Which is radically different than our world. They're doing a lot of interacting and engaging around celebrities, pop culture, really funny trending topics that they think are interesting, I'm sure you've seen some of the crazy hashtags. And of course with Instagram, hashtags have become even stronger on Twitter. Hashtags are content in and of themselves. I'm not sure if you saw that SNL sketch that was like 'hashtag, how are you today?,' etc. There's a degree to which this is kind of true when you look at teen content. They're also more likely to have protected accounts, and use it to talk to a small group of their actual friends. To them Facebook is everyone they ever knew, and Twitter is something they've locked down to just a handful of people they care about--which is often the opposite of how adults use them.
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Photographers stage cross-country Instagram battle

New York Times Lens Blog
While hanging together in New York, photographers Eric Thayer and Joshua Lott "started photographing in the same places with their smartphones and posting images on Instagram," James Estrin writes. "That same day, a friend of theirs, Pierce Wright at Getty Images, suggested they turn it into a face-off."

Here are their battle shots from a Chicago Fire game, posted Aug. 7:

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The New York Times looks for wedding-themed Instagram photos

The New York Times
Your wedding may never make The New York Times, but your Instagrams might! "Starting this summer, the Vows section will publish Wedding Album, an occasional series of your wedding-themed Instagram photos," an announcement published this weekend says. "Please avoid generic images, like a posed shot of the couple or a table setting."

Every month, the Times will gather photos with a theme. This month's is "How wedding rituals are evolving" -- though "any poignant photos -- even ones that do not fit a theme -- are welcome." Instagram photo of Poynter.org Managing Editor Mallary Tenore's mother's wedding dress. Related: How the New York Times’ ‘Perfect Wedding Announcement’ came together
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White House photographer Pete Souza joins Instagram

White House photographer Pete Souza joined Instagram Wednesday, kicking off his feed with -- what else -- a food pic. Of course, the food he depicts is available on Air Force One, which some of you may find more interesting than your lunchtime burrito. (more...)
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Instagram announces Web embeds

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Instagram unveiled a sharing feature Wednesday that allows easy embedding of users' photos, as long as their photos are public. For instance, here's one of Washington, D.C., artist Mingering Mike accepting an award from the D.C. Council wearing a Spider-Man outfit:

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Instagram gives news orgs tips on using its video feature

Instagram for Business News organizations can use Instagram's new video feature to break news, crowdsource and lift the curtain on their operations, the company writes in a blog post.
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Instagram for newsrooms: A community tool, a reporting tool, a source of Web content

For news organizations, Instagram isn’t just about pretty pictures. It’s about the people they’re interacting with and the stories behind the images.

“Instagram is so immediate and intimate that it creates this close connection with the user,” said Cory Haik, … Read more

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Smartphones captured 2 iconic shots of new World Trade Center

NBC News's Anthony Quintano "was on the roof of One World Trade where all the iron workers were watching the spire rise," he tells Poynter in an email. (Workers at One World Trade attached the building's spire Friday morning.) Quintano used his iPhone 5 to take the following Instagram picture of a worker taking in the view.
Courtesy Anthony Quintano
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ProPublica releases simple tool for searching Instagram

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ProPublica news application developer Al Shaw discovered an Instagram API that lets you search by both time and geographic coordinates -- "a perfect way to see who's at a certain place at a certain time," Shaw writes.

He built a simple tool called QIS, or Quick Instagram Search, that journalists could use to find Instagram photos at newsworthy events. "Just having fun with it, we found a lot of interesting stuff," he said in a phone call with Poynter. "Anything you could type into Google Maps would work."

One example from Shaw's post: a photo of the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15 minutes before it was bombed. QIS could conceivably help newsrooms verify photos from breaking news events. (more...)
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NYT’s front-page Instagram: Maybe not the end of photography

Nick Laham | The New York Times | Business Insider | The Wall Street Journal
Nick Laham "took what space I could get and worked with it" to capture of New York Yankees players on the team's photo day.
So yes. That was me in the locker room bathroom shooting portraits of the New York Yankees players with my iPhone.
He processed the photos with Instagram, and one ended up on the front of The New York Times Sunday: (more...)
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