There’s been no shortage of interesting blogging and tech-related news stories floating around the web over the last week or so! Here’s a quick look at seven I think you might enjoy.
1. Instagram gets Android-friendly
Instagram has (finally) launched an app for Android users. It’s available for download from Google Play, Google’s store for apps, e-books and more. But while we’re still on the topic of Instagram…
2. Pantene recognizes the power of Instagram and blogger FatMumSlim
Those smart people at Pantene HQ have recognized the talents of Australian blogger, Chantelle Ellem of FatMumSlim, AKA, the creator of the popular Photo-A-Day Instagram hashtag (which was used on over 1 million photos during March!). They approached her to help create the #HairPhotoADay challenge, with the aim of raising awareness of the National Donate Your Hair Day. Hair blogger and iFabbo member Christina of Hair Romance assisted in creating the list.
3. Rachel Zoe invests in Pose
Rachel Zoe and her husband Rodger have invested in outfit-sharing app, Pose (pictured). Mashable reports that while she’s only been uploading photos to the site since the start of this year, she’s already gained 200,000 followers. It’s not the first move into tech that Zoe’s made: she’s already involved with travel app, Trippy.
4. Pinterest Block plugin
Along with many hours of time-wasting fun, Pinterest has raised a number of concerns regarding copyright infringement. While bloggers have identified the traffic the image-sharing site can bring, not everyone wants their pictures “pinned”. I’ve already written about the code you can add to your blog to help stop this happening on your site (if you wish) but if it’s a little too techie, there’s now a WordPress plugin that will do it for you.
5. Pinterest updates its terms
Still on Pinterest, the highly addictive website has made some changes. The site originally stated to users that, “By posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for us to sell your content”. But in a recent post on their official blog, they are now claiming that, “Selling content was never our intention and we removed this from our updated Terms”.
6. The buzz on the latest Blogger interface
Google have suggested on their official Blogger blog, Blogger Buzz, that anyone still using the old interface should switch to the new one now (the new version will become the default version in a few weeks anyway). With the change, comes the promise of better features including integration with Google+, dynamic views and search engine preferences.
7. Goodbye Picnik, hello PicMonkey
When it was announced that image-editing website Picnik would be no more, many bloggers and fans of the site were left more than a little sad. Google purchased the site and integrated some of its features into their Creative Kit – a feature of Google+. However, it’s not all bad news. Though Picnik is officially over as of April 19, some of the former Picnik team have created PicMonkey, another free image-editing site (no registration required!).