Photo: @goodyspics via Instagram
If you didn’t know what Instagram was before this week, you’ve probably at least heard of it by now.That’s because Facebook just shelled out $1 billion in cash and stock to buy the photo-sharing app.
The premise behind Instagram is pretty simple: Snap a photo on your iPhone or Android, add a quirky filter, and share it across Instagram’s internal network or Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare.
So why do people love Instagram so much?
Take our tour and find out.
Welcome. Time to sign in or create your account. All you need to do is create a user name or password. We already have an account, so we'll just log in.
The heart tab is where you find news and updates. The News tab shows you whenever someone likes or comments on one of your photos. It also lets you know when a new person starts following you.
The final tab lets you find new friends, look at your photos, and change other basic settings. Let's find some new friends!
You can find friends you follow on Facebook or Twitter. You can also have the app scan your phone's contacts list for friends already using Instagram.
Tap the follow button next to someone to start following him or her. Their photos will show up in your feed from now on.
Now let's take a photo! Tap the camera icon at the bottom. Tap it again to snap the photo. Now comes the fun part...
You can choose from a whole bunch of cool effects and filters to modify your photo. Play around until you get it just right.
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