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  • Twitter and Instagram are no longer ‘friends’

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    When it comes to the social media/tech world, there are super powers, established brands, up-and-comers and a whole bunch of wannabes. What we often forget is that the super powers — the Googles, Facebooks, Apples and Microsofts — were all, at one time, wannabes. Every one of them. Not a single one sprung full-grown from the head of Zeus.

    I wonder, however, how many years it will be before we see another social media start-up go from wannabe to super power? It seems that any established social media brand that shows beastly potential will eventually be bought and co-opted by one of the industry giants. Yahoo bought Flickr for $40 million in 2005 when the photo-sharing site was barely a year old. The next year, Google bought YouTube for an eye-popping $1.65 billion (which, after all is said and done, might be the steal of the century) before the video site turned two. And earlier this year, Facebook paid $1 billion for the one and a half year old Instagram.

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  • Stunning time-lapse video is best NASA mashup ever

    View from the ISS at Night from Knate Myers on Vimeo.

    Knate Myers, a photographer/cinematographer from Albuquerque, New Mexico, made this incredible time-lapse video using photos taken by the International Space Station. He edited the photos, removing some noise, and added a soundtrack. Many bloggers, myself included, rely on government photos because most fall in the public domain. However, this certainly has to rank as one of the best uses of government photos I’ve ever seen.

    In its first week up on Vimeo, the video has had nearly 2 million views. It peaked on July 23, with 605,913 views. Of the 1.72 million plays it had through July 24, 20 percent of the traffic came from four sites — Gizmodo, Facebook, the Huffington Post and Mashable.

  • Get ready for the mobile photo-sharing revolution

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    I took this photo during a January snow storm in D.C. It’s dark and moody and the snow is whipping around in what looks like 10 different directions. If I was a better photographer, I might be able to tell you how I thoughtfully set my exposure and aperture before waiting for just the exact moment to fire off several frames. Except, I only snapped one picture and it was with an iPhone. Before I left that corner, I had processed the photo with one of the 13 filters on the Instagram app and uploaded it simultaneously to my Facebook, Flickr and Twitter accounts (and it would have gone to Foursquare, too, if I hadn’t entered the wrong password).

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