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With a Billion Dollars, Why Can’t Instagram Make a Better Site?

Image from: Rich Kids of Instagram / New Media Rockstars Back in April we wrote about how Facebook’s “mini” purchase of photo-sharing app Instagram might not end well for the San Francisco start-up. Based on Facebook’s purchase history, most start-ups didn’t last much longer after the big buy out. And while the Rich Kids of Instagram aren’t protesting, we figured it was high time to see how Instagram was performing

Can Tiffany & Co. Cash In on the Instagram Craze?

Image from: Tiffany & Co. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? Wrong. This past January we learned that Tiffany and Co.’s stock declined 10%, marking the steepest drop in more than 3 years, citing a “weakness” in spending from U.S. customers.  And it’s not surprising; since the recession luxury brands have taken a hit as consumers spend more frugally. So, how can Tiffany’s pick up the slack? Earlier this

May 2012 Fast Movers

Image from: Flowers Image / Shutterstock Below are 10 websites with a large month-over-month increase in Unique Visitors for May 2012. Mother’s Day appears to have made a big impact, as the top 3 sites are for flowers.

The Future of Social is Mobile

Today’s mobile devices effectively combine elements of computers, entertainment centers and communications networks in a way that both extends and transforms the social networking experience. The Dutch airline KLM recently came up with an interesting idea. When customers book tickets through its website, they can check out the Facebook and LinkedIn profiles of their fellow passengers – with permission, of course – and decide who they want to sit next

The Weekly Pulse

Instagram has been all over the news lately. Last week, we were excited to hear that the photo sharing app was finally available on Android, and this week Mashable reported that Facebook bought Instagram for a cool one billion dollars. The app then experienced recording setting growth, according to TechCrunch. Since the launch of the Android app, Instagram recieved over 1,000,000 new users…per day! Do users need to create an account

Will Zuckerberg Cause an InstaFail?

Image from: White Gadget If you’ve been anywhere on the web in last 24 hours you are aware that photo sharing app Instagr.am has not only expanded their app to Droid systems, but has been acquired by Facebook. And while this billion dollar deal is looking pretty good for the 13 person company, others on the web seem skeptical. I decided to see how other companies that Facebook acquired have

Instagram vs. Picplz – The Tale of Two Photo Apps

Image from: Camera Image / Shutterstock As everyone on the planet is now aware, Instagram, the mobile photo-app of choice among hipsters, is going to be acquired by Facebook  for a magical $1 billion. The world of consumer apps is tough – how many other photo apps are out there that had close to the same functionality but yet didn’t take off like Instagram did?  In the case of Instagram,

The Weekly Pulse

Today marks one week since all brands on Facebook were switched to Timeline. How did your transition go? Here at Compete, we were excited to debut our fun new cover photo on our Facebook page. What effect has Timeline had on your brand? According to TechCrunch Timeline has given a boost to video apps on Facebook. Not all reports on Timeline as positive, though. In fact, the guys over at Search Engine

The Weekly Pulse

This week, we heard reports that employers were requesting the Facebook passwords of potential employees. Yikes! This morning, Gizmodo reported that Facebook’s chief privacy officer Erin Egan released a statement warning users not to give our their account information in this obvious invasion of privacy. In fact, Senator Richard Blumenthal is reportedly working on a bill that would make this kind of practice illegal. Thank goodness! Twitter celebrated its 6th

The Weekly Compete Pulse

We are still a little upset about the Patriots Super Bowl loss this weekend, and accordingly, we were looking for any chance to not talk about the Super Bowl. That’s why we loved AdAge’s comparison of popular political ads, instead of SuperBowl ones. We were also proud that BostonInno declared Boston the 5th Best City to get a job in social media. Their infographic takes into consideration salary ranges as

Oh, Snap Instagr.am! Your App Rocks, But Your Website Sucks!

They say you can learn a lot about someone by navigating their iPhone app folders, under that theory I must be a narcissistic gamer who has no sense of direction. While I don’t necessarily think I am a gamer, I do know I have no sense of direction, and that I prefer to take photos on my iPhone (see Facebook album: My Life According To My iPhone).  With more than