All Articles Tagged "Instagram"
Update: The Justin Bieber-funded “Shots of Me” app is a big fat flop! Even with Floyd Mayweather and VC Shervin “Cash Money” Pishevar giving it the promotional push, the photo-sharing platform only ranked 128th in the iOs App Store.
According to a source for ValleyWag, this ranking translates to a measly 10,000 app downloads in the U.S. Data also shows a steady decline in its users. It seems like not even Bieber, arguably the biggest male pop star of our time, can even save this critically-disapproved app.
Nov 15, 2013
Justin Bieber must be pretty sick of Instagrammers posting irrelevant photos of their morning coffee and rock collections because he invested $1.1 million into launching “Shots of Me” – a photo sharing app where you can’t upload anything but selfies.
You can only use the front-facing camera on your iPhone. And you can’t use any of that fancy filter stuff either — a luxury Instagram provides for users who are too self-conscious to upload an unaltered photo. “Overall, Shots of Me feels refreshing because every face is fascinating. There are no botched attempts at artful photos of stale scenes cluttering the feed,” TechCrunch said of the Beiber-funded app.
One critic on ValleyWag.com sees a flaw in the app’s rejection of filters. “The reason people like filters – and the driving reason Instagram was a success – was because people actually don’t want HD super detailed pictures of themselves. People are attracted to bars with low lighting, and people like blurry photos for the same reason. Acne scars, blemishes, wrinkles — no one looks good in well-lit, raw, 8 megapixel glory,” the site says.
Another function that Shots for Me rejects? Comments. Instagram is a breeding ground for hateful commentary and drama. “People share photos because they felt so positive at that moment. Drama kills that moment.”said John Shahidi, CEO of RockLive — the five-person team behind Shots for Me.
This was RockLive’s selling point for Beiber’s investment in RockLive: A virtual place that stifles bullying and filters out negativity. Bieber was just tired of the “constant homophobic slurs and hate”, according to TechCrunch.
Instead, Shots of Me users can direct message their followers. This way, if there’s any drama at all, it stays out of the public eye.
However, the reception of RockLive’s Shots of Me is filled with skeptics. We already have Instagram, some say. But as one critic pointed out, people have said that was Facebook was the “same thing” as Myspace — just without personalized backgrounds and “Top 8.” Twitter was supposedly the “same thing” as Facebook — just with a 140-character limit. We know that’ s not true.
However Sam Biddle, the writer at ValleyWag.com, just can’t get on board with Shots for Me: “It’s like Instagram, but with half of it missing, no filters, a worse name, and the possibility of profiting Justin Bieber.”
Would you ever get the Shots for Me app?
Every night between the hours of 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. most of us are posting, scrolling and double tapping on Instagram. While we post photos of our late nights and even earlier mornings, one thing is for certain we love Instagram memes as much as we love our hair. Here are our top picks for the hair instagram memes that call us all out on our hair struggles.
Recently the company launched ads, in an effort to address that revenue issue. However, even before the formal launch of advertising, businesses have long been using Instagram to showcase their products and grow their businesses.
According to figures compiled by Bloomberg Businessweek, 72 percent of adult internet users are joining social media and 44 percent of cell phone users sleep with their phone next to their bed. And with over $231 billion being spent on online shopping, it’s clear the internet and social media is big business.
It can be a great option for small businesses just starting out to reach the audience they want to tap into. Jeff London and Marc James, founders of a New York based independent clothing company, King Panda Apparel, utilized Instagram to reach out to high profile celebrities, influencers and stylists to take their brand to another level.
“Kevin Mccall, we reached out to him a while ago, and we tagged him in several photos and then we wrote him a message on his Instagram photo and he connected us to his person, and we were able to get in touch with him,” explained London. “The same thing [with] Craig Wayans.”
Other high profile personalities they’ve successfully engaged with on Instagram include DJ Absolut (Hot 97), Planet VI (songwriters for the likes of Kelly Rowland, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus) and Jazzy Pha.
A few months ago, we confirmed that Kim Zolciak was expecting twins, which would make her a mother to six children whenever these two decide to arrive. They’re supposed to be due this month.
Throughout her pregnancy, Kim has been keeping us updated on how her body’s changed since she’s been carrying these two. The above picture she posted back in mid September with this caption.
Going swimming with the kiddos! The pool makes me feel so much lighter! This belly. #twins #excited #blessed #nofilter
We have to give it to her, while I’m sure that tummy is uncomfortable at times, she’s certainly carrying it very well. Aside from the belly, she seems to be in great shape.
Check out more recent pictures of Kim’s growing baby bump and see what she looks like now that she’s in her ninth month on the following pages.
When Kim Kardashian threw up this tasteless (depending on who you ask) pic two weeks ago, most observers assumed she was just back to her old thirsty ways, but apparently there was a method to Kim K’s booty madness. The reality star appeared on “The Tonight Show” last night and when Jay Leno asked her to explain one of the most liked pics on Instagram, she said:
“I was trying on a bathing suit, and I actually just sent that to my boyfriend, my fiancé, and I was like, ‘Babe, can I post this up? This is my big, like, middle finger to the world on everyone that called me fat.’ “
Uhhh we guess.
We definitely aren’t mad at Kim for silencing all the haters who acted like the girl was just sitting around eating bon bons all day instead of growing a child inside of her, but did we need all that cheek? Attempting to tug at our heart strings, Kim said the reason she’s been out of the spotlight for so long is because people’s criticisms of her weight gain were negatively affecting her.
“It really hurt my soul,” she said. “I was gaining weight because I was pregnant, and it was just really hard to read all these stories and hear all these nasty things … Why would I subject myself to so much negativity, especially now that I have a daughter? … I’ve definitely tried to live more of a private life because of that.”
Would it be bad to say something positive came out of the negativity then?
Check out the full “Tonight Show” interview in the video below. Do you agree with Kim K’s middle finger to the world?
Leave it to Diddy to stir up some controversy just as he’s starting one of the biggest things he’s done in years.
For those who don’t know, Sean “Diddy” Combs launched Revolt Tv on Monday on Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The network is being touted as American music oriented cable channel that will focus on music videos, live performances, music news and entertainment.
But early Saturday morning, Diddy posted a picture on Instagram that might make a lot of people turn him all the way off.
In the photo, a black woman is standing tall in the center while white women are basically bowing down to her in a circle. Diddy captioned the photo with, “As it Should Be!!!!!!! #BlackIsBeautiful”
Ring the alarms.
The comments section were immediately on fire with some white people angry at Diddy for posting “something like this,” some black people happy he did it and a mix of everyone else a bit unsure of the reason for posting it. Oh, and it wouldn’t be social media if people weren’t just arguing with each other.
Here’s a sample (we’ll quote them without sharing names):
“All the white chicks on this post look better than this black b***h”
“I see it as him telling black women you are beautiful and it’s time we see that. I don’t see the black woman being pulled down but instead lifted by white women…”
“‘As it should be?’ Wrong! That’s counter racism! That’s just as ignorant with the roles turned around.”
“Boy please…then why u don’t use black females as lead models then??? Hypocrite!”
As you can see, the comments section has gotten intense with more than four THOUSAND responses.
What do you think? Was Diddy’s post or caption reverse racism? Ignorant? Right on track with what you believe?
Last week, we delivered the “Hot Sugar” video goods from Tamar to you and some of you loved the video, while others screamed “Pass!” to the visuals. Unfortunately word got back to Tamar and she took her anger out on the “Hot Sugar” videographer/photographer company’s Instagram. According to The YBF, Tamar claims Gomillion and Leupoid abandoned the “Hot Sugar” project when offered the opportunity to capture Rihanna’s “Diamonds World Tour.”
When Tamar saw G&L post pictures of Rihanna, she posted up some less than sugary comments under one picture. See below:
Do you think Tamar’s pissed over the reaction to “Hot Sugar” and she’s taking it out on these guys, or they genuinely did her wrong?
Look at what we have here. It’s Missouri rapper, Nelly with his new girlfriend, LaShontae Heckard, (also known as Tae Heckard.) You might recognize her from a few episodes from BET’s “The Game,” as Jazz, Jasmine or Shelia. Earlier this morning Tae posted this adorable picture of she and Nelly canoodling in a photo booth. And she captioned it like this:
Him mad cuz I’m a beast in bowling. #cookienomilk #imlying #ialmostsliddownthelanewiththeball #hehadtosaveme #ibeatblueanddeemarietho
I’m not gon’ lie, they’re cute. But I would be lying if I said I only felt happiness looking at this picture.
Honestly, the first thing that came to mind was, “It’s a shame this new girl gets to publicly express her love when Ashanti had to repeatedly deny the true nature of her relationship with Nelly… for nearly a decade.”
I don’t consider myself an Ashanti fan, but I can’t help feeling sorry for the girl, she was always in the shadows. And then when the two started alluding to the fact that they really were together the whole time, Nelly was talking about how he couldn’t be forced into a marriage. Sigh…
Who knows, it may have been Ashanti’s idea to keep their relationship on the low but all of this looks suspect or at least shady doesn’t it?
Anyway, best of luck to Nelly and Tae.
I get it. Sex sells. We got it decades ago, but people still keep shoving their goods in our faces to remind us that it does, and to also get some compliments that will boost their self-esteem and get them a whole lot of attention too. And while we applaud them for their banging bodies and “sharing is caring” mentality, we don’t need to see all that so much (and filters do NOT help). But alas, these celebrities haven’t yet realized that. Here are nine famous folks who overshare way too much of themselves on Instagram. And beware, you might just encounter some NSFW and ratchet stuff.
“Shut Up Monkey Looking Girl”: K. Michelle Has Ugly Exchange With Fan On Instagram Over Denied Photo Opp
Some celebrities just want to go out, have a night on the town with their friends, and have fun. But in the midst of doing all that, if a fan comes up and asks you for a picture, should you be willing to drop what you’re doing and cheese it up for them? Well, this past weekend, K. Michelle decided to decline a photo opp for a fan, and all hell broke loose on social media because of it.
As you can see from the photo above, K. Michelle kicked it with her new Love and Hip Hop New York co-star, Yandy Smith, and friends in Harlem over the weekend. According to a fan who contacted our sister-site Bossip, her friend asked the singer for a picture only to be shut down in a way that she didn’t appreciate.
So the perturbed fan decided to call K. Michelle out on Instagram after the singer posted a photo of herself with Smith and another friend from that same evening. She said this on Instagram under the picture:
“It must be nice to not take any pictures with your fans tonight. You come to nyc, but don’t want to take pictures with your fans? Thank You for letting a few happy people down tonight who were delighted to see you on their birthdays and have nothing but bad things to say about you saying no to pictures. Good luck with that”
She also responded to a fellow fan who told the young woman she was being too sensitive over the declined photograph:
“If youre a celeb that’s what you do, its your job to take pictures and sign auto graphs. But thank you for your input, maybe you should work for celeb defense services. Fyi: no one even recognized her but several people complained about her neglecting to take pictures with the only two people that cared.”
“@ilovejonise shut up monkey looking girl. My job is not to take pictures but to use my voice to teach people to be better then me. I work my a** off every single day just to make sure women don’t go through what I have. If I wanna take one day to be normal with friends I don’t think that makes me a bad person. Sorry I didn’t take a picture for your Instagram, but im NOT sorry about wanting to just spend some me time with my friends. What people don’t understand is there’s nothing wrong about me wanting to live a normal life. I love music and my fans but that doesn’t make me a slave to society and your random picture request. I share my life so u can learn. I dont owe u anything, You should really get you a life and find you a new weave supplier.I love all of y’all that Rock with me! You have changed my life. I’m not perfect though! Some days I just wanna chill. I love y’all more then you understand, you gave me a second chance. I do my best, I swear. But damn let me be humanI didn’t sign up to be a picture slave. I take more pics then most artist ever do. I stay after every show even when it’s not safe just to say thank you. I love my fans but no one is gonna make me feel guilty for taking one day off”