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Instagram is a free and fairly simple photo enhancement app that requires only a couple of touches to produce great-looking images. But what's really special about Instagram are the sharing capabilities that let you tell the story of your life through photos.
Start by signing up with Instagram with an e-mail address, username, and password. From there you can configure Instagram to autopost to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, and Posterous, or just choose to share images from within the app or via e-mail. You can also turn any of these options on or off if you don't want to share your shots with everyone.
Once you're all connected, you'll be able to snap a photo wherever you are, move and scale the image, add an effect with a touch of your finger, and then touch Done to share your photographic moment with the world. The app comes with several free custom-designed filters that can give your image various retro effects, a grainy black-and-white look, or even adjustable tilt-shift options. When you're satisfied with the look, you can add a caption along with optional geotagging, then share it right away.
Even with just the features mentioned, this free app would already be easy to recommend, but a couple of added features make it even better. Once signed up with Instagram, you can follow other Instagram users on the Feed page, which shows recent images taken by you and your friends. Here you can comment and "like" photos. Switch tabs to look at a Popular list that shows all the most popular Instagram images from all users. You also can look at a News tab, which shows the latest actions by your connected friends (liked, commented, or otherwise), so you can see what your friends are currently looking at. I think these features make Instagram an app you might look at every day, just to see what your friends are up to.
In version 2.5, Instagram has a few new features that will be appreciated by fans of the service. The app now has integrated Facebook Likes, the capability to search for tags and users in the Explore section (with autocomplete), visual tweaks to the interface, and speed enhancements. The app also offers minor improvements to commenting and a revamped profile tab. While the changes are mostly minor, they bring Instagram more into the fold at Facebook and I think users will enjoy the increasing level of interactivity between the two services.
Overall, Instagram is an excellent way to take great-looking shots and share them with anyone. The in-app feed and news options make it a unique app for connecting with your friends across social networks. I highly recommend this app to anyone who wants to share images in fun and unique ways.
Instagram7 million users love Instagram! It's a free, fun, and simple way to make and share gorgeous photos on your iPhone.Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects or tilt-shift blur to breathe a new life into your mobile photos. Transform everyday moments into works of art you'll want to share with friends and family.Share your photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see - and follow your friends' photos with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you'll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world.Features 100% free custom designed filters and borders such as XPro-II, Earlybird, Lomo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Apollo, Poprocket, Nashville, Gotham, 1977, and others. Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field. Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, and Posterous Unlimited uploads Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments Works with first generation, 3G, 3GS and iPhone 4 Full iPhone 4 front & back camera support And much much more...
What's new in this version:
Minor update, with:- Improvements to Facebook sign-in- Changes to Foursquare sign-in- Bug fixes & performance tweaks