Dalai Lama joins Instagram

- February 27th, 2014

The Dalai Lama is about to get filtered.

The Tibetan spiritual leader announced Thursday that he had joined Instagram, and would be posting images of his various expeditions and teachings as they occurred.

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The Dalai Lama announced his Instagram account to followers over Twiter, but from the looks of it, he’s had the account running since Feb. 1st and has already started building up his collection of photos.

During the time this piece was written, the Dalai Lama was sitting at just over 9,000 followers, and had posted images with big name celebrities including Larry King and President Obama.

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While that doesn’t compare to his 8.5 million followers on Twitter, his two social media accounts have one common feature: he’s not following anyone on either.

The Dalai Lama told tech website The Verge that social media can be great in the hands of a strong person, and disastrous in the hands of a weak person.

“If the person, himself or herself, has a certain inner strength, a certain confidence, then it is no problem. But if an individual’s mind is weak, then there is more confusion. You can’t blame technology. It depends on the user of the technology,” he said.

Storify storifies its acquisition by Livefyre

- September 9th, 2013

Storify has been acquired by Livefyre and it chose a rather unique way to announce the purchase.

Storify is a social media curation site which allows users to cull posts, such places as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram on a given event and turn them into timelines or stories. (In other words, you use the service to storify tweets and Facebook status updates.)

Livefyre is a business-oriented site which claims to help “companies engage consumers through a combination of real-time conversation, social curation and social advertising.”
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Will Facebook Camera kill off Instagram?

- May 24th, 2012

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It’s only been a month and a half since we reported here at Canoe Tech Blog about Facebook’s announcing its intentions to acquire Instagram for a hefty $1 billion. Instagram is a free mobile camera app that allows you to quickly select take, edit and share photos quickly and easily. At the time, they said that they would keep Instagram operating as a separate entity. So why is it that today they released their own branded app, Facebook Camera (for iOS devices) which could be viewed as a direct competitor?

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Facebook acquires Instagram for $1 Billion

- April 9th, 2012

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“One Billion Dollars,” is the kind of thing you’d hear from the lips of Dr. Evil from an Austin Powers movie.  But today for the folks over at Instagram, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg sounds more like the Easter Bunny than an evil-doer on this holiday Monday, as he announced that Facebook will be buying Instagram for the tune of approximately that same amount – $1 billion. And that’s a lot of eggs.

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