What is Facebook?Facebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. The site is available in 37 different languages.
What is Instagram?Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever.
Various reports over the weekend suggest that Facebook is now developing its own RSS service, presumably with half an eye on the legions of Google Reader users who’ll suddenly be left without a news feed when that service shuts its doors at the end of this month.
The reports stem from Scottish developer and blogger Tom Waddington, who wrote in a blog post that he’d noticed some unusual code while working with Facebook’s API. Specifically, he came across mention of RSS Feeds, together with lists of subscribers. However, when he attempted to access those feeds he was locked out – the feature has been restricted to whitelisted apps only for the time being.
Facebook has declined to comment on the rumors its about to launch an RSS service, but yesterday morning it made a separate announcement – sending out invitations to the press for an event on June 20. It hasn’t said what this event will be about, but given the timing many have speculated that it will indeed be to announce a news reader aimed at scooping up disowned Google Reader fans.
RSS is an easy way for you to keep updated automatically on Web sites you like. Instead of checking your favorite Web sites to see if they've written a new article or feature, you can use RSS (which stands for Really Simple Syndication) to get them to tell you every time they have something new.
Generally, you need to have a program called a News Reader to display RSS feeds from your chosen Web sites on your computer. All you have to do is choose which RSS feeds you want, for instance an RSS feed of all the latest local news from your favorite website or blog.
Earlier reports about Instagram getting video provide some indication, though, that this is not coming out of the blue. Most recently, about three weeks ago Matthew Keys broke a story noting that such a service was getting tested internally. At the time, there wasn’t any information on when it would be coming out, nor whether there would be filters, nor whether this would be in a separate app or part of an Instagram update. The videos would be between five and 10 seconds in length, he noted.
Getting video on Instagram is a move that would make sense. Specifically, it looks like a direct response to the rising popularity of video-sharing services, namely Twitter’s Vine. It, and others like Viddy, Cinemagram and Socialcam, sometimes get described as “Instragram for video” apps.
Just wait and see what happen on this Thursday, Jun 20, 2013.
Facebook announced video on Instagram at a press event at its Menlo Park headquarters on Jun 20,2013. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom says that on day one it will give 130 million people access to video.
“This is the same Instagram we all know and love,” Systrom said, “but it moves.”
The app lets users shoot 15-second videos (with a three-second minimum), with multiple cuts, and features new filters and an image stabilization feature called Cinema to eliminate the shakiness that happens so often on mobile devices.
The app captures 15 seconds of video and lets you include multiple clips, including the ability to re-record clips and apply one of 13 custom video filters. You can record as many clips as you want in those 15 seconds by holding down the shutter button, and delete clips if you don’t want them in the final mix. Systrom says the team tried testing many different lengths, and 15 seconds was “the Goldilocks moment” that was not too long or not too short.
“It’s 15 seconds of beautiful video that you can record very easily,” says Systrom.
The new Instagram update also tries to fix what Systrom calls a “problem” with mobile video–seeing just the first frame of a video when you preview it. Video on Instagram lets you select a custom frame for a preview image. The features will all be familiar to Instagram users–hashtags, filters, seamless sharing. It will be available for iOS and Android “on day one,” and will also live on the Web.
The Instagram video-sharing tool is built directly into Instagram’s app, so all the photo sharing, video sharing, commenting, and liking all happen in one mobile client. Vine requires a separate app download and is not directly attached to any of Twitter’s official apps.
The Instagram also have a brand-new image-stabilization feature called Cinema meant to keep shots steady when shooting on a mobile phone.