Rise of Instagram
This year the sepia-loving startup welcomed Android users into its club and grew ever more popular. After being folded into Facebook for a little less than $1 billion and with Twitter threatening to build its own photo-editing tool, next year should be an interest one for Instagram.
The photo-filtering frenzy that is Instagram grew into a true phenomenon this past year asinto the Instagram clubhouse. Some in the iOS crowd weren't thrilled about sharing, unleashing a Twitter . Tweets veered from whiny to borderline offensive. Those waters have since calmed, but not all is smooth sailing on the sea of Instagram.
Following the lead of feuding fans, Twitter and Instagram have gotten into it bywith each other. The result is a turf war that has Twitter working on and Instagram dumping Twitter Card integration.
All this fussing has left, but Instagram's leadership team is sitting pretty thanks to the company being . The move bolstered Facebook's nearly nonexistent mobile cred. It also may help Instagram achieve its dream of moving beyond making snapshots look like they came out of 1970s photo albums and into a more versatile visual-media company.