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Meet Snapwire (And Make Money Off Your Instagram Photos Today!)

October 22nd, 2014 by Tech Staff

So you’re addicted to mobile photography and you’ve found the perfect mix of natural light, composition and editing for flawless flicks everytime!  Why not make money on those photos that you put all that effort into?  Meet Snapwire – the platform that allows companies to bid and pay you for your Instagram photos online.


Meet Snapwire

Snapwire is a platform (on desktop and iOS) for photographers of all experience levels to make money from their photos via specific requests from companies, profile galleries and Snapwire’s company challenges. Requests are the major component of Snapwire. A person or company posts a request for a photo. It can be specific or general, like “Apples” or “Friends hanging out in NYC.”

 Snapwire began earlier this year with a limited number of users that they handpicked from their network of photographers. But now, anyone with quality photos can take on a challenge. To get started, create a profile and add some of your most killer photos — ones that best show your personal style. From there, scroll through the requests and see if you have a great photo to submit to any of them, or you can go out and capture a new one.


How It Works

From there, Snapwire photographers submit photos, and the company nominates then purchases one or several of them for their project. The company making the request sets the price. Most are $15-$100, but it’s pretty common to see some priced at upwards of $300. Snapwire is free to use, but they get a 30% cut of photographs sold. (Wondering about making some serious cash?  There are some rare buyout exceptions that could be worth you while. In the case of Pat Grant: He sold the rights to a photo of his friends having a piggyback race. For five years of exclusivity, the company paid him $6k cash money!)

When you join the platform, you start off under the title of Explorer, and you can get bumped up through the ranks all the way to Pro. When a photo of yours gets nominated or sold, you are accelerated to a higher level, which gives you the opportunity to have your profile featured or even get a spotlight in Snapwire’s buyer emails (even after your photograph is purchased, you still keep the copyright). You’re just licensing that image for the buyer to use.


Snapwire has already collected 50,000 photographers in 86 countries, and they’ve worked with big companies like Marriott and Denny’s.

Working with novice and professional photography fans is only the beginning for Snapwire –  (don’t worry Android folks, there will be an app launching for your mobile devices very soon), until then, get to snapping Instagram fiends – it could mean big bucks in your pockets for doing something you already love pretty soon!


What do you think?  Would you pimp out your favorite photos for a little extra cash?  Yay or Nay?



Instagram Adds 10 New Features, But First, Let Me Take A Selfie

June 3rd, 2014 by Tech Staff

Hey Selifie lovers!  The ever popular photo-sharing app Instagram, announced 10 new editing tools just moments ago for both iOS and Android. In addition to new adjustments like contrast, brightness and saturation, Instagram’s filters have also been tweaked; users can now adjust the filter’s intensity with a slide bar.



Instagram first started utilizing the slide bar in March with the app’s Lux tool, which serves as a fill light of sorts for dark photos. That slide bar is now available on a number of editing features, giving users more control over how dramatic their edits appear.



The full list of editing tools include Adjust (lets you crop and straighten photos simultaneously), brightness, contrast, warmth, saturation, highlights, shadows, vignette, sharpen and filter strength (the border tool is now within the filter strength setting, too).

More Instagram editing tools are on the way, and we’re told they will be added to the app as they are finished. Instagram expects the new editing tools to be available to iOS and Android users throughout the day as the app updates are pushed through to the App Store and the Google Play Store.  To learn more about these new tools, check out

Instagram for iOS version 6.0 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 6.0 is available today on Google Play.

Direct Messages On Instagram? Here’s Instagram Direct!

December 12th, 2013 by Christen

Instagram is bringing the power of direct connections allowing users to share pictures and videos directly to friends and not all followers with a new feature called Instagram Direct.



Announced earlier today during a press event, Instagram proclaimed over today’s festivities by sending physical Instagram images printed on canvas to members of the press.  The company clarified that only those who you follow can send direct pictures and videos. If you don’t follow them, you will receive a pending request to view the content.

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“Communication is really core,” an Instagram spokesperson said. “It’s not about photography necessarily. We aren’t built into cameras. We are built into phones, and phones are communication devices.”  The update is available for iOS download and Android starting today. The Windows Phone version is in beta.

Now that Instagram has given users a little privacy to “protect the thirst” – it’s going to be a whole new playing field and #ManCrushMondays and #WomanCrushWednesdays will never be the same again? (LOL)  At the moment, you can only send direct photos or videos but with the continued evolution of the app, I’m sure messaging (or creative captioning) will get thrown into the mix somehow.  It’s a brave new world when it comes to social media and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.


First there were photos, then videos, then ads and now direct messaging – what do you think about the latest Instagram upgrade? Do you plan on sending Instagram Direct messages anytime soon?  



Instagram And Other Noteworthy Apps Are Finally Coming To Windows Phone

October 22nd, 2013 by Rod
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After years of struggling to attract top developers to their platform, Microsoft & Nokia appears to be finally winning.  Earlier this morning at Nokia World 2013 that took place in Abu Dhabi, the Finnish company unveiled 2 6-inch Lumia phones and their 1st Lumia tablet to the world.

Apps Coming to Windows Phone

Instagram – imagine what great images will come thanks to Lumia high-end Pure View cameras.
Instagram And Other Noteworthy Apps Are Finally Coming To Windows Phone- Instagram for WP
Nokia Camera – this combines their three different camera apps of Basic, Pro, & Smart into one app.  This is actually available right now as you can download it here.
Temple Run 2 – the popular game makes its way to Microsoft as you outrun, jump, & slide your way past the evil monkeys.
Vine – Twitter’s very own 6-second video loop app will expand also thanks to Lumia Pure View shooters.
Xbox Video – Microsoft’s Xbox media streaming app allows you to sign up and watch the latest movies & TV shows that you buy or rent.
Instagram And Other Noteworthy Apps Are Finally Coming To Windows Phone - Nokia Storyteller App
These are just a few of the apps coming as I am sure that Microsoft is hard at work to obtain even more apps.  Hit the source for the full list of apps on the way.
Which ones are you the most excited for?  We’re excited to finally have Instagram come to Windows Phones. Can you imagine how the pics will look? What will Instagram do for sales and popularity of Windows Phones?

London Fashion Week: Burberry + iPhone 5s Slow Motion = AWESOMENESS

September 17th, 2013 by Christen

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Looking for your iPhone 5s sneek peek?  You don’t have to look any further than via Burberry on your favorite social media feed.  London Fashion Week is in full swing and London fashion powerhouse Burberry took to their Instagram feed to highlight the iPhone 5s camera capabilities to thousands of it’s fashion house fans.


If you’ve ever been curious about the new iPhone 5S slow-motion mode, just check out Burberry’s Instagram feed. Apple lent the British fashion house the device to capture its pastel-colored Spring/Summer 2014 collection show as part of a cross-promotional partnership.  The full show of the Burberry Prorsum Womenswear S/S14 show appeared on Burberry’s YouTube page on Tuesday. Apple announced the collaboration last week, noting that behind-the-scenes footage, product details, and preparation footage would accompany shots of the London runway show.  The 15-second video received more than 20,000 Instagram likes in one day.  Take a peek at the new iPhone 5S slow-motion feature video below.


The iPhone 5s features the same 8-megapixel resolution of its predecessor, but Apple has given the device a slightly larger sensor in order to improve imaging in low-light conditions. It also has a reworked five-element lens wit ha larger f/2.2 aperture. Apple also swapped out the single flash featured on the iPhone 5 for a dual LED flash unit called “True Tone,” which should help keep flash-aided images from looking washed out. On the video end, the iPhone 5s also has a 120-frames-per-second slow-motion video mode and precision autofocus matrix metering.

“This collaboration celebrates our relationship and shared foundation in design and craftsmanship. We have a mutual passion for creating beautiful products and unlocking emotive experiences through technology, which has made it intensely exciting to explore the capabilities of iPhone 5s,” said Burberry CEP Christopher Bailey. “We’re inspired by what this could mean for the future as we continue to explore the merging of physical and digital experiences.”  With fashion & technology companies teaming up everyday, this trend is bound to grow bigger and better each year.  Who are you looking forward to seeing collaborate next?

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iPhone 5s slow motion
iPhone 5s slow motion
via Burberry / Mashable

Don’t Be An Instagram Cliche’: Top 10 Over-Posted Instagrams

August 5th, 2013 by Christen

We’ve all been there, posting the obligatory “selfie” or prized snapshot of split pea soup coupled with the hashtag #FoodPorn.  Everybody does it, right?  But does it make you an amazing Instagram users or just a copycat of everybody else?  Consider this a public service announcement:  Avoid these cliche’ Instagram photos and your followers will thank you.


10. Bathroom selfies… Because yes, everyone needs to see how hot you look and the filthy toilet bowl at the same time!


9.  Airplane wings…  Ok, we get it… you’re on an airplane!  So are 193,439 other people any given minute.

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8.  Text Message threads… Is anything left sacred?  There are two types of people in the world, people that post text messages on social media and people I trust.


7.  Sunsets.  I happen to enjoy beautiful sunsets… in person.  Instagram sunsets typically pale in comparison to the real thing 100% of the time.


6.  Skyscrappers from below.  You have finally solved the mystery of perspective.  Yes, skyscrappers are in fact HUGE!  Now can you stop filling my timeline with random buildings?  Please.


5.  Inspirational Quotes.  Everyone needs a little encouragement from time to time.  But, I’m sure Instagram was meant for pictorials, not a mashup of your favorite fonts.


4.  Nail Art.  #NailedIt #NailArt #NailPorn – I won’t even lie, I’ve been a culprit of over-posting the nail art pics.  But let’s all just ease up on the cliche shots shall we?


3.  Food Porn.  Hey while you’re busy taking photos, your food is getting cold!



2.  Clouds.  We get it.  They’re everywhere.


1.  Feet on the beach.  A picture is worth a thousand words, and that sixth baby toe is definitely not suitable for a “selfie”…


These are just a few funny observations that I’m sure you’ve been guilty of over-posting too!  Do you know any great Instagram users who post amazing photos?  Shout them out (or yourself) below!


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How To Successfully Quit Your Social Media Addiction

May 31st, 2013 by Christen

Are you addicted to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter?  Do you have a social media addiction that has completely taken over your life?  Earlier this week, I shared how to identify your Tweetaholism (Noun.  An addiction to the consumption of social media via Twitter or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from Twitter dependency.) via Top Ten Reasons You May Be A Tweetaholic…  If you find yourself having one or more of the common warning signs of being addicted to Twitter, it’s okay.  There’s hope for a speedy recovering – but only if you follow these tips on battling your social media addiction below.


SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTION5. Own up to your Twitter addiction. Yes, it’s a cliche that half the battle is admitting the problem but not acknowledging it means you won’t change the addictive behavior. And before you rush to tweet that you have a Twitter addiction, by all means admit it to yourself but remember that there’s no need to tell the world.


4. Introduce your road to recovery.  If you must say something about toning down your Twitter use, lay it on in much more general terms, such as:
“Got a novel to finish. You won’t see much of me here for a bit.”
“Giving birth tomorrow. Since I’m no supermom, you won’t see me around till I know how to parent.”
“Tweeting less ‘coz I’ve discovered marathon running. Off to train!”


3. Plan your Twitter time. If you’re inwardly groaning about how any person could ever “plan” the use of what is essentially a spontaneous medium, you’re right. Twitter works because of its spontaneity. Allow yourself a set amount of time every day, reserved for Twitter.

Suggested: 15 minutes every 3 hours, or one single block of an hour a day when everything else is taken care of.  Set precise tweeting times. This is different from the previous suggestion in that you can set a time every day, say 12:30PM to send one tweet message. Stick the to exact allotted times.  Check when your tweets have the most impact. Using only high-impact times can lessen your daily usage. Choose your time to coincide only with the time of most impact; this will vary depending on where you live and your interests.
2.   Set aside “pure Twitter time”. This means avoiding use of Twitter as something you can do while multitasking, such as watching TV, reading your exam notes, or writing articles about quitting Twitter.




1.  Spend time away from TMI (too-much-information). The constant bombardment of messages can induce a sense of constant hyper-awareness that keeps you on edge, in need of reacting and worrying over things you can’t, on the whole, change. Give yourself information free time, chilling under some trees, or down at the gym, or wherever your favorite quiet spot is. Without your phone.  Maybe even take a social media hiatus by completing a summer bucket list like Ty of – there’s no time like the present to get started.


Now that you have a step-by-step guide to successfully quit your social media addiction, what are you waiting for?  Unplug from the grid and enjoy living addiction free this summer!  But first, make sure to share this post with your family and friends via Facebook or Twitter…(Hey, I’m not an enabler – I’m just trying to help you help others too!)


African Americans and Social Media – The Numbers and Networks

May 15th, 2013 by Nicole


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You’re on social media, your friends and family are too. What about the rest? What are African Americans’ numbers in the world of social media? Read some interesting stats and comparisons:

According to a Pew Research Study, African Americans are the largest users of Twitter and Instagram.  They are usually, young adults between 18-29 years old, women, and urban residents.

”Twitter, Instagram are popular among blacks. Among black Internet users, 26% use Twitter, far outpacing whites (14%) and Hispanics (19%). In August 2011, 18% of black Internet users were using Twitter.”  (






African Americans and Social Media – The Landscape of Social Media Users


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·  Urban African-Americans aged 18-29 use Twitter and Instagram more than other demographics. While the study does not include Americans under age 18, I believe many high school students use both heavily.

·  Tumblr is a young person’s medium. Most users are aged 18-29.

·  Hispanics are heavy users of every social media channel. They are more likely to use social networking sites than Caucasians or African-Americans.

·  Urbanity plays a role. Slightly more social media users live in urban environments than suburban or rural ones. Significantly more Twitter, Instagram and Facebook users live in urban areas than other environments. (



African Americans and Social Media - The Numbers and Networks - Infogram

Did you notice that the households with the lowest income use social media the most? Why do you think that is?

The study also suggests that women as a whole dominate social media.  So why Twitter and Instagram?

These social media platforms are influential, free, accessible, and have a far reach.  Wayne Sutton of has said Twitter enables a level playing field in getting voices heard.  Twitter provides an equal channel where one can get their opinions heard and broadcast their thoughts. Users have  somewhat of a direct connection to brands, artists, and support.


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Another reason why African Americans lead the way in social media interaction is because of their increasing numbers in the use of smart phones.  54% of African Americans own smart phones, which leads to the use of social media apps and consumerism.

Divas Celebrate Mother’s Day On Instagram

May 13th, 2013 by Nigel

We all know fashion doesn’t sleep, but there are those times during the year when we put it on the back burner for something a little more important, and Mother’s days was one of those moments. This past Sunday some of our favorite fashion divas celebrated Mother’s Day in style, and of course they did some instagraming so lets take a look at how a few of our favorite fashionistas enjoyed their day, in style of course.


The first lady of GOOD Music Teyana Taylor put together a collage of photos featuring her and her mom and paired it with a poem she wrote.

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Celeb Stylist June Ambrose was treated to Lunch on Mother’s Day in some haute shades thanks to her son and daughter, Chance and Summer.

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Gabrielle Union snapped a quick pic with her mother in a green frock, and Mom was on trend for spring in black and white stripes.

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Mothers Solange and Beyonce posed in front of the camera with their Madre Tina Knowles. Tina and Beyonce rocked prints while Solange colored blocked in hues of pinks, red, and purple.

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American Fashion Designer Rebecca Minkoff told all of her instagram followers Happy Mother’s Day with this black and white photo.

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Image Courtesy: Instagram

Divas, how did you celebrate Mother’s Day. Did any of your favorite Divas snap a photo with their mom that we missed. Sound off below an let us know.

Diddy and Sean John Make History with the First Instagram Fashion Show

February 8th, 2013 by Christen

As social media tends to expose more and offer accessibility to events and our lives.  It was only a matter of time until a designer would execute the first Instagram fashion show.  I mean really, we already have an abundance of “models” showcasing their talents via “selfies” – of course a show during New York Fashion Week was imminent.  Fashion maven and Social media innovator Sean Combs creates another first with the launch of the Sean John Instagram fashion show.  The viral event will take place today, Friday February 8 at 10:00AM ET.

On Instagram straight FLEXXIN…



 “In honor of New York fashion week we wanted to do something that has never been done before,” said Combs.  “With Instagram technology we are bringing Sean John to the social media runway where our consumer lives.” – Sean “Diddy” Combs


Fashion maven and Social media innovator Sean Combs creates another first with the launch of the Sean John Instagram fashion show.  The viral event will take place today, Friday February 8 at 10:00AM ET.  Combs will be posting new looks every 30 minutes from 10:00AM – 5:00PM ET.  Viewers will be invited to check out images from the latest collection only available at Macy’s.

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How do you get front row access to the latest Sean John Collection?  Follow Diddy on Instagram


In addition to making history as the first fashion show on Instagram, it’ll also serve as the longest fashion show EVER!  Measuring in at 7 hours long!  Sure it’s innovative, but can you imagine the disappointment if none of the revealed looks during this Instagram fashion show makes it to Instagram’s “Popular” page? (*WHOMP*)

You call it – Social media innovation or just a sign of the times?  Remember this post  New York Fashion Week Goes Digital – Fashion Feat Or Fail? expect to see more designers embracing social media platforms (while saving money on costs) emerging soon.  Question is, are consumers going to embrace these changes or ultimately feel cheated out of the designer wooing they’re used to.


About Sean John, a privately held company, was created by music icon Sean “Diddy” Combs and made its fashion debut with a men’s sportswear collection for the spring 1999 season. In 2004, Sean “Diddy” Combs for Sean John was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America as Men’s Wear Designer of the Year. With annual retail sales in the United States of over $525 million, Sean John remains one of the most impressive full lifestyle brands in the US and around the world. In May of 2010 Sean John signed a deal with Macy’s to be the exclusive U.S. department store retailer for the Sean John men’s sportswear collection beginning in Holiday 2010. The Sean John product is available online at and in over 400 Macy’s stores across the country, with additional doors to be added in the years ahead.  Learn more at



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