If you don’t live under a social media rock, you are bombarded on a daily basis with funky square photos created by the free app Instagr.am. But as of now, unless you own an iPhone you’re out of luck using this cool program.
Launched not quite a year ago on October 6, 2010, Instagr.am has seen wild growth, acquiring over four millions users to date. The side project of two friends, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, they saw where other photo apps failed (such as Hipstamatic) and made the changes that were needed to make it the most social of the photo apps around, in no small part because they included a social aspect of the app. You can follow people, “like” their photos (by clicking on a heart), comment, therefore making the photosharing truly social.
Sadly, folks using Android phones have been unable to partake in the joy of creating highly stylized photos of their pets wearing blue wigs. Which is so sad, really. But according to a recent article in the UK’s The Gaurdian, changes are on the way for the company.
First of all they’ve increased their staff by fifty percent in the last month, which sounds really impressive until you realize that the staff has grown from four employees to six. In fact, for most of Instagr.am’s short life they’ve only had two employees, so this is quite a bit of rapid growth.
The first order of business for Instagr.am is to upgrade the camera feature, and possibly add some new filters (squee!). Mr. Systrom states:
“We always wanted to be the social camera, but the photo-taking part of the app has not changed in eight to nine months,” he says. “It’s way overdue for some really core improvements.
Next up is for Instagr.am to create a web interface. While programs such as Webstagram, Extragram, and Inkstagram provided an option to view your Instagr.am stream on the web, none of them are perfect. Instagr.am is committed to creating a desktop experience that rocks your socks off.
After that, it’s Android time. States the Guardian piece:
Systrom says that every day, Instagram gets a barrage of requests from people for an Android version of its app. The good news is that it’s on the horizon.
“It’s hugely important to us, but we’re only six people,” he says. “Android is a major priority for us, but first we have to build the team, and find the best people in the world to work on these projects.” The company is currently hiring engineers and designers to help it move more quickly on all three of these aims.
Me? I’m mostly excited about the new filters. It’s cause I’m shallow (ask anyone!). But I would love to be able to view my friend’s Instagr.ams on a web platform, too, so there’s not much I’m not looking forward to when it comes to Instagr.am’s updates. Except the Android part. Sorry, I’m a Mac girl all the way.