Technology Friday – Instagram News

instagram_newsIt’s Technology Friday! This week we have the latest Instagram news. If you use Instagram, you don’t want to miss it. Also, how different are we than our grandparents? The article that I’m sharing this week gives you some interesting thoughts. It’s a great opinion piece. Share it with friends and family during the holidays to get their thoughts as well.

After 2 years Instagram has given us more filters!

This week, Instagram has released more filters for users on both iOS and Android platforms. Instagram has been around for 2 years now, and these 5 new filters aren’t the only new features with this latest update. The filter choices now display mini previews of what that filter would look like if applied to your photo. It’s going to be even harder to select a filter now, isn’t it? Five new ones – Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden, and Perpetua – in addition to all our old favorites. But, luckily, a new feature will let you see with just a quick glance how your photo will appear if that filter is applied. Now when you apply a filter to your photo, each filter icon on the bottom will display a blurred preview of your photo with its effect applied.

In my last post, I discussed losing the moment because we’re spending our time trying to capture the perfect shareable photo. I think most of us gravitate to a few favorite filters.  I love that Instagram is now making it easy to manage the filters that they offer. They added a “Manage” button at the end of the filter tray. Simply tap it to re-arrange the order of your filters. You can even hide the ones you rarely use. For me, it’s Sutro and X-Pro II. I know there’s a use for them but I’ve not found one. And that’s okay. Instagram has others that are a great fit.

If you need help with the new update visit the Instagram Help Center.

Instagram for iOS version 6.4.0 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 6.12.0 is available today on Google Play.

Let’s connect via Instagram this weekend. Share a fun photo of any family moment. As an extra challenge, try one of the new Instagram filters. Use the hashtag #capturethememory.

 

I normally post a fun video to show social media being used in a positive way. This week, instead, I have been thinking about an article. It’s an opinion piece, but I am so struck by the author’s comparison of our behavior today with the behaviors of our grandparents. He expresses so beautifully what I want us, as parents, to see as we approach the topic of social media in our homes. Are we teaching our kids and modeling true authenticity? Are we connecting with our community of friends and family and sharing life?

Read the article on Mashable.com. Let me know your thoughts.

 

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