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ProPublica releases simple tool for searching Instagram


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. Read 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:

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Instagram changes terms of service, but will pro photographers flee anyway?

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Instagram says it’s going to delete language from its new terms of service that caused widespreading out-freaking across the Internet.

The language we proposed … raised [the] question about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement. We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question.

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Twitter-Instagram photo war reveals new business realities of social networks

The photo-sharing turf war is escalating, with Twitter copying Instagram-like features and Instagram (owned by Facebook) no longer making its photos viewable within tweets.

No matter which company wins, users will lose.

It seems time to just accept that Facebook and Twitter’s forget-about-money-and-put-users-first startup phase is over. Both companies are pivoting hard toward monetization and market-share protection as their primary goals.

Promoted tweets and sponsored stories are filling up timelines and news feeds. Facebook Page owners are relentlessly pestered to fork over cash for better visibility of their posts. And third-party developers are increasingly being disempowered.

The networks have shifted focus from creating value to capturing value. And to capture value, they each feel the need to lock users into their own platforms and reduce integration, thus limiting competition.

A quick history of the photo-sharing wars

In 2011, Twitter launched its own photo hosting and sharing service, rather than rely on third parties like Yfrog or Twitpic. Read more

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Instagram breaks records during Hurricane Sandy

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As we suspected in the midst of Hurricane Sandy, the storm and its aftermath became the most-Instagrammed news event ever with more than 800,000 photos posted.

Gizmodo blogger Sam Biddle argues that it’s unethical for people to use tragic events as fodder for their Instagram photos. He says it

“…becomes a gross, crass way for people to shellack their poor taste and poorer judgment across the face of tragedy. The reality of a natural disaster is shocking and compelling enough without augmenting its color. A flooded supermarket or a demolished apartment don’t need boosted contrast. They stand on their own.”

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Instagram users are posting 10 Hurricane Sandy pictures every second

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom tells us via a spokeswoman: “There are now 10 pictures per second being posted with the hashtag #sandy — most are images of people prepping for the storm and images of scenes outdoors.”

The total photos posted as of now:

PandoDaily’s Sara Lacy asks whether “Hurricane Sandy … could be Instagram’s big citizen journalism moment.” Read more


How to curate Instagram by reposting newsworthy photos

Instagram is becoming synonymous with smartphone photography, with over 50 million users and 5 million more joining every week. Those users have snapped more than 1 billion photos of pets, nature or food, and also some news.

In some ways Instagram is a visual Twitter — the go-to app for reporting (with a photo instead of 140 text characters) what’s happening now. We’re used to Twitter breaking news, and now Instagram is gathering newsy eyewitness photos.

But Instagram lacks a function like Twitter’s retweet to curate and spread the newsworthy bits across the network. Fortunately, there’s another way.

Breaking News reposted this photo from a Colorado wildfire using Statigram.

Statigram, one of several third-party interfaces that make mobile-focused Instagram accessible on the Web, invented a “repost” function.

Breaking News is using this to curate major news photos on its own Instagram account with more than 32,000 followers.

Breaking News started a few weeks ago with a dramatic photo of Venus passing in front of the SunRead more


The benefits, drawbacks of using camera phones as a photojournalist

The mind can sometimes play tricks on you.

After returning from a trip to Europe several months ago, I viewed some of the photos I had taken and was disappointed by how they turned out. I resolved (no pun intended) that it was time to get a new camera.

Some of the pictures were just not as sharp as I had hoped; others, taken in the evening, didn’t record enough information in the after sun-down darkness. Giving up something that I had happily used for several years at home and on vacation was difficult, but it was time.

So off I went and replaced my iPhone 3Gs with a new iPhone 4s. Yes, my camera is my phone. It wasn’t until I was heading to AT&T and not a camera store that this thought crossed my mind. With a snazzy new lens, 8 megapixels and HD video, the camera is most impressive. Read more


Geofeedia helps journalists locate real-time photos, tweets where news breaks

There are three challenges in using social media content for reporting, as Storyful’s Mark Little has written: finding it, verifying it, and figuring out the best way to publish it.

In breaking news situations, reporters often rely on text searches — names of places, keywords like “crash” or “fire,” and hashtags. They look for users whose bios mention a particular location.

But it’s hit-or-miss. Even when they use the right terms, they have to wade through all the conversation from people who aren’t at the scene.

Geofeedia, a service that comes out of private beta today, aims to solve this problem by enabling location-based searches for social media content. Users can type in a place name, address, even the name of a sports venue, or they can simply outline an area on a map. The service will display the latest geotagged content — from Twitter, Instagram, Picasa, Flickr and YouTube — within that area. Read more


Photographers: Stop using Instagram to share your edited, DSLR photos

Nate Benson

Last spring Nate Benson noticed a shift in Instagram: Professional photographers were using it to share images captured by their expensive SLRs and edited in Photoshop or Lightroom, not on-the-move photos snapped with their iPhones.

Instagram is called Instagram because the service is suppose to represent the photography you took in….wait for it….an instant. To be blunt, just because you are able to upload photos from your iOS photo library doesn’t mean you should. … We’re not dealing with UN level diplomacy here, but I strongly believe photographers should respect the intention of these social networks and ultimately enjoy them like the rest of us do and not worry about always presenting their top work that has been delicately edited for hours on end.

Earlier: Is Instagram’s social network dumbing down photography?Photojournalists miss the point of Instagram by focusing on ethics of filters

Thanks to Melissa Lyttle for pointing this out. Read more

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