There's a lot of speculation today about why Facebook would spend $1 billion to acquire the uber-hip photo-sharing app Instagram. To some, it seems obvious; to others, it's the biggest sign yet of a growing Web bubble. To me, it just raises question after question, and the biggest one is "why." What does Facebook gain from buying Instagram? Let's look at some of the possible reasons, shall we? Users: Instagram has 30 million users and a potentially huge influx of more, thanks to its recent expansion onto the Android platform. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom says he thinks Instagram should easily reach 100 million users--that's significant engagement, for sure. But Facebook doesn't need users. Facebook has users--some 850 million of them. And while I've argued that Facebook's growth potential is slowing, the social network could scoop up another 100 million global users with its eyes closed over the next year, especially as its global expansion increases. And I'm not sure Facebook is in … [Read more...] about Facebook buys Instagram…but for what?
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Blogger makes it extremely easy for would-be web writers to publish their thoughts on the Internet. Fred Froese/Getty Images Blogger is a free blogging platform that's designed for ease. Because it's owned by Google, users can link it to various other Google products, like photo-sharing site Picasa and social network Google+. Using the basic blog design options, you can get a new blog up and running in less than 10 minutes. The simplicity of Blogger doesn't limit what more experienced users can accomplish with it, however. Delving deeper into the customization possibilities allows you to create a completely unique blog design while maintaining the ease of use that the Blogger backend (the control panel where you design the blog and make posts) provides. Signing up for Blogger is easy. If you already have a Google account (i.e. a Gmail address), then you just have to go to blogger.com and activate Blogger on your account. If you don't have a Google account, you'll need to make … [Read more...] about How Blogger Works
1Blogger Widgets Use widgets to help your blog reach more potential fans. Dave Jacobs/Getty Images Widgets are small scripts or applets that can be built into your blog, giving it extra functionality. You can add them to your blog through the "Layout" tab. This will show you a mockup of your blog's layout. In various sections, you'll have the option to "add a gadget." "Gadget" is Google's term for its own in-house widgets. They have plenty of very useful ones, including gadgets that will let readers translate your blog into other languages, display recent posts from Twitter feeds, show your most popular posts, and create a slideshow of photos. You can also add third party widgets. The "add a gadget" dialog has an "Add your own" option, which allows you to input the URL of any custom widget designed for use with Blogger. Author's Note: 10 Blogger Features You'll Find Helpful The extent to which Blogger is integrated with Google's other services, most of which are free, is … [Read more...] about 10 Blogger Features You’ll Find Helpful
What kinds of software will enhance your photos? See more camera stuff pictures. Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Thinkstock So, you've been snapping away with your digital camera and are finally ready to enhance and display your pictures. Then it's time to find a good photo editing software program. Whether you are a Windows or Mac user, plenty of options exist at very good prices. Some are even free. Let's take a look at a few of the most popular ones. Consider your free options first. If you own an Apple computer, your Mac operating system comes installed with iPhoto. If you are a Windows 7 user, your computer came loaded with Windows Live Photo Gallery. Both programs give you some flexibility to crop, edit and correct photos. You can also perform some pretty neat enhancements. For instance, you can create panoramic photos or capture the best elements of two like photos in Windows Live Photo Gallery [source: Windows Live]. iPhoto's strengths are in multimedia applications. … [Read more...] about What photography software do amateurs need?