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Instagram "Fun Facts" Infographic via Followgram

Passing Passenger Trains

The infographic below is from Followgram. It depicts some "fun facts" about Instagram. According to the note on the bottom of the infographic, Techcrunch and the Instagram blog is the source of the data in the graphic.

Having been on Instagram from just a week after they launched, I have seen how they have grown and matured as a social network. Most recently they announced that they have passed 7 million in users. It was only in June when they had hit 5 million. I remember each of these milestones as Instagram hit them. This infographic illustrates them as well other interesting facts.

Google+ Plus Five Weeks

It was more than five weeks ago that I first entered the new Google+ social networking platform as a "field beta tester." It certainly is hard to believe it has been that long already. This coming Monday or Tuesday will be six weeks since the initial beta launch of the service, but I guess as the old saying goes, "time flies when you're having fun."

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Instagram: 150,000,000 Photos Later

Looking Up 5th Avenue

I understood it was new when I started using it, but I don't think I knew that it was only one week after it launched when I took my first Instagram shot on my iPhone on that fateful Wednesday, 13 October 2010 (Instagram was launched the week before on the 6th). It seemed to be the natural successor to my Project 365 at the time. Indeed it was, but it has been so much more.

Instagram has just celebrated their 150th million photo shared via its service. They are seeing Instagrammers sharing photos at the rate of 15 photos per second. They have also seen incredible growth since launching with more than 7 million users now.

For those uninitiated, Instagram is a free app in the Apple App Store (currently only for iOS devices) which allows you to share your stories via photos and words. It is Twitter meets Flickr in a sense. Like Twitter, you follow people and people can follow you. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then it is thousand more than what you can convey in a 140 character tweet on Twitter.

My Almost Correct Twitter Infographic

By coincidence, I have been planning a series of Twitter-based articles titled, "You Are What You Tweet." It's also the name of this infographic below based on my Twitter activity, which is mostly accurate except replace the pack of cigarettes in hand (I don't smoke) with an iPhone. Also, I am quite sure I send more than 1.27 tweets a day. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that already. I also wonder how the "enthusiasm" and "interestingness" is determined. Finally, half of the topics listed are actually other Twitter users, perhaps it should had focused on the hashtags I use.

Annual Winged Visitor Returns

I almost forgotten about this little "friend" of mine until it showed up again the other day.

This little winged friend visits every summer for the past three years. Okay, I can't be exactly sure if it is the same one or not and I doubt their lifespan would allow for it, but this winged creature (or one just like it) visits at least one day each summer, landing on the same spot on a long wooden railing (of two railings side by side). It stays for several minutes almost like he/she is watching me. It may fly away briefly, sometimes it will land on my shoulder or land on my hand, but it always returns to the same spot of the same railing. Each year I took photos of it. I have blogged about it before and compared photos from each year. It is hard for me to believe it is the same one, I don't think they live that long. Having said that, there is about 50 feet or more of wooden railing, why does it land on the same spot, on the same railing each year? Insert Twilight Zone music here.

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Light Sculptures

From last night's fireworks show in Long Beach, NY (taken on the boardwalk).

Light Sculptures

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Initial Impressions and Thoughts on Google Plus

Google Plus

The last several days I have been testing and trying out the new social media platform, Google+ which is currently in limited beta by (no surprise) Google. Before you ask, Google had disabled invites for the time being due to overwhelming demand. So I have no invites to share at this point. That said, it seems that Google does open the barn door from time to time (unannounced). So you may be able to get in if you are lucky enough. (Many people have already requested an invite from me, when I can, I will try to give them to those friends and followers that have requested one from me.)

What is Google+? The easy answer is to say that it is Google's answer to Facebook. While that may be true on certain levels, it is its own social networking service built on existing Google technologies with others added. Some may use it instead of Facebook, others may use it in addition to Facebook, some may not use either. In my experience so far, it has a similar vibe to what Friendfeed was back in the day, just without the automatic feeds pumping into it.

You may be saying, "But what about Google's previous attempts of social networking, like Wave or Buzz?" I never thought of Wave so much as social networking, but more as a communication tool similar to email, but that is another matter. I believe Google has learned from those experiences and Google+ is something other, grander than what Wave was or Buzz is today.

Google Plus

King Camera Updated, Now Supports 1:1 Aspect Ratio Square Cropping

The Javits Center in #NYC (from last week at #BWENY. Clearing out my iPhone camera roll).

The King Camera (App Store link) for iOS had an update appear in the Apple App Store on Wednesday, June 29th which finally includes the 1:1 aspect ratio cropping pre-set. It boggles the mind that it was released in the first place without it considering that there are now over 5 million Instagram users, all of which are iOS users (at this time) and all of which are using 1:1 aspect ratio that the app supports. It's an audience that any photo app shouldn't ignore. Many Instagram users are looking to 3rd party photo editing apps to complement what they can do with the Instagram app.

Now with the much needed 1:1 aspect ratio cropping pre-set included in King Camera, I can now recommend it to Instagram users. No longer does one need to eye-ball it to get the 1:1 aspect ratio square crop in King Camera as I did with this image here (see top left) which I had post processed with King Camera and posted to Instagram.

Happy 91st Birthday, Ray Harryhausen

I am little late in posting this (depending on where you are in the world at least). Today (Wednesday, June 29th) was the 91st birthday of legendary stop-motion animation pioneer, Ray Harryhausen. To celebrate, I was going to post a related photo I took many years ago to Instagram, but then decided to make it a blog entry instead. (I am including the photo I was going to post to Instagram here (see top left photo), although it was shot in 1983 using an analog SLR at the time, I had post processed it on the iPhone in prep to the intended posting to Instagram. Click on it for further details).

The following is lifted from a previous article I wrote here last year about Ray Harryhausen:

Filterstorm for iOS is Updated and Discounted

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Although I have many, one iOS app not yet in my photography tool box is Filterstorm (by Tai Shimizu) (App Store link). It has been highly recommended (especially in the Instagram community) by others and it has been on my 'want list' for some time now. Well, if you needed an excuse to buy it now (perhaps such as myself), it is has recently been upgraded to 3.0. The upgrade features a new interface along with some new features. It will be interesting to see how this app compares with other full featured photography post processing apps on the iOS such as PhotoForge2 and Photo fx (by The Tiffen Company) (App Store links) among many others of course. It looks to be more similar to the former than the latter. Despite its name, I don't believe it is what we would call a photo filter app on iOS today. To my understanding it considers adjustments to exposure, color correction, sharpening, etc. as filters (as opposed to more artistic filters such as those in Instagram and others). It is now on sale in the App Store for half off (currently $1.99 from $3.99) for June 23-24, 2011.

Final Cut Pro X is Now Available in the Mac App Store

Final Cut Pro X

Apple has released Final Cut Pro X to the Mac App Store (store link: Final Cut Pro - Apple) today. The long awaited upgrade for this professional movie editor software has been rewritten from the ground up. The big news when it was announced a few months ago was that it would be coming to the Mac App Store with a new price of only $299 (previously FCP itself was $999). Other companion apps that had been included in Final Cut Pro Studio suite such as Motion - Apple and Compressor - Apple are sold separately also in the Mac Store for $49 each. It doesn't look like Soundtrack Pro has made the cut though, at least not yet.

Happy Anniversary! We Will Reviewing the Spring 2011 Doctor Who Series Live on Net on Doctor Who: Podshock Today

Today on the 26th anniversary of the Gallifreyan Embassy, in celebration, we will be reviewing the Spring 2011 Series of Doctor Who live over the net on Doctor Who: Podshock. If you missed out on our previews live review shows or if you have something to say about the spring series as a whole, join us live. See the link below for further details.

Doctor Who: Podshock Live Show Reviewing the Spring 2011 Series Scheduled for Saturday, June 18 -

Doctor Who: Podshock will be once again be taking to the net this Saturday, 18 June 2011 for a live-over-the-net show reviewing the spring 2011 series.

Doctor Who: Podshock Live Show Reviewing the spring 2011 series

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Ten Go-To Apps for iPhone Photography

Often I am asked which apps I use to do produce the images I do using just an iPhone. I decided to collect some of the apps I go to most for my iPhone photography at this time and list them here with some comments on each.

Ten Photo Go To Apps

InfoLinks Brings Dance and Music to Blogworld and New Media Expo NY 2011

InfoLinks Dancers at BWENY

From last week: @InfoLinksInc dancers at Blogworld and New Media Expo New York (by Louis Trapani - taken on May 25, 2011 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City). This was in promotion of their African hot air balloon ride contest.

Doctor Who: Podshock Events This Weekend

This weekend is another busy weekend for Doctor Who: Podshock. We are having our seasonal Meet Up and Party on Saturday, 21 May 2011 on Second Life and then the following day on Sunday, we will once again be recording a live show reviewing the new Doctor Who episode, The Rebel Flesh. I hope you can join us for both.

Doctor Who: Podshock Live Show Reviewing The Rebel Flesh

For those of you who may be worried about spoilers, I am asking everyone at our meet up to keep clear of discussing The Rebel Flesh at it because not everyone would had seen it at that point. For our live show reviewing it on Sunday, well, obviously there will be spoilers.

For details on both events, see the links below.

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