Qnary Round Up: Instagram Purge, Facebook Stocks, and More


Each week, the Qnary team hosts a Friday morning meeting where we discuss the most interesting issues in social media today. Here, we recap those for you.

New Facebook App Lets You Put Stickers All Over Your Photos

The company on Friday released a new app called Stickered for Messenger, which allows users to add stickers to their photos before sending them along to friends via Facebook’s standalone messaging service.

The app links to your Messenger account so you can send “stickered” photos directly to your friends, but it doesn’t support other messaging platforms, according to a company spokesperson. The photos do save to your camera roll so you could send them over other services like WhatsApp or WeChat in that way. The app is available today on Android and “coming soon” for iOS. (Via Recode)

EyeEm Wants to Make You a Professional Photographer

On the surface, photo sharing app EyeEm looks a lot like Instagram — you can add filters to your photos, follow your friends and “Like” or comment on your favorite pics. One major difference, however, is that while Instagram is making money by selling ads against you, EyeEm is trying to make money for you by selling your work.

Helping photographers expand their audience is EyeEm’s major goal. So while Instagram and Flickr helped popularize photography for the masses, EyeEm wants to help users graduate from casual photo-sharing with friends to more public, distributed photography, says Meissner. (Via Recode)

Facebook stock hits another all-time high

The company's stock hit a new all-time high of $81.89 a share in midday trading Monday, an increase of about 2.5% on the day, which pushed the social networking cw if ompany's market cap to nearly $230 billion.

The surge in Facebook stock came amid a broader market rally that continued into Monday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up as much as 0.47% in early trading. The Standard & Poor's 500 was essentially flat on the day, but still hovering near an all-time high.

Facebook is now second only to Google in the U.S. mobile ad market, according to data from eMarketer, and it is expected to take 8% of the $140 billion global ad market this year. (Via Mashable)

Justin Bieber dethroned as king of Instagram in massive follower purge

In what is being referred to as the Instagram "purge," many Instagram users lost tons of followers when the picture-sharing platform cleared out inactive and spam accounts on Thursday. Poor Justin Bieber was dethroned as the most-followed Instagram user, losing 3.5 million followers in less than 24 hours, according to a list compiled by 64px. On Thursday, he had 23.8 million followers; after the purge, Biebs has a mere 20.3 million Instagram acolytes. Beliebers, we assume, rallied after learning of his fall from grace.

The new ruler is Internet-breaker Kim Kardashian, of course. Kardashian lost only 1.3 million Instagram followers in the Purge, making her the new queen of Instagram followers with a 22.2 million follower count.

A spokesman from Instagram explained the situation to The Guardian:

 

After receiving feedback from members in the Instagram community, we recently fixed an issue that incorrectly included inactive accounts in follower/following lists. We believe this will provide a more authentic experience and genuinely reflect people who are actually engaging with each other’s content. (Via Mashable)

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