Instagram Appears To Have Passed 25 Million Users, Adding Up To 3000 More Per Hour - Instagram shows no signs of slowing down, and it appears there are now more than 25 million users, with 3,000 more signing up every hour. (And keep in mind, it’s only available on the iPhone, though they’ve said there’s an Android version in the works.)
Zynga.com - Following their IPO, Zynga has officially launched their own platform, enabling users to play outside of Facebook, and ensuring that the social game network can continue, even if Facebook makes changes that would otherwise have limited its growth.
SXSurvival - GSD&M is an agency based out of Austin, TX, so for SXSW, they decided to help incoming agency folk fit in like the locals. However, in addition to the traditional microsite, they built out a series of Pinterest boards with tips on where to eat, what to bring, and what day trips to take.
Work Club Is Looking For A New Creative Director - Work Club is looking for a new Creative Director, but instead of posting a traditional help wanted ad, they created a Pinterest board to describe their perfect candidate.
Helping Improve the Mobile Web - Among other mobile announcements, Facebook hinted at something that could have HUGE implications: They’re partnering up with most of the major mobile phone operators to enable streamlined mobile payments, allowing developers to charge for apps, and users to pay with just a few clicks. Apple has proved the power of connecting a mobile platform to an easy way to pay, so this could be the start of a new wave of paid Facebook apps.
How I Became Amazon’s Pitchman For a 55-Gallon Drum of Personal Lubricant on Facebook - Nick Bergus made a joke about a 55-gallon drum of personal lube, and a week later, found out that his picture was appearing alongside the lube in ads on the Facebook Walls of his friends and co-workers. Expect to see more stories like this pop-up as Facebook advertisers do everything than can to connect users with the products they’re trying to sell.
Reddit: The Free Internet Act - Reddit worked hard to kill SOPA, but instead of sitting back and celebrating their victory, they’re actively taking steps to try and figure out the best way to “protect copyrighted content and intellectual property holders from copyright infringement” while still preserving users’ rights.
Brad Keslowski Makes NASCAR History With First In-Vehicle Tweet & Pic During A Race - The Daytona 500 was red flagged after an accident involving a race car and 200 gallons of jet fuel, but that didn’t stop Brad Keslowski from getting out his iPhone ON THE TRACK and Tweeting out a pic of the fire from inside his car, and then responding to fans on Twitter. If you needed more proof that we now live in a hyper-connected world, this is it.
@AngiesRightLeg and @JLosNipple - If your wardrobe gets a little out of hand during a major awards show, you can now expect a fake Twitter account to pop-up within minutes. And with Angelina Jolie’s Leg getting more than 45,000 followers, there’s plenty of people out there willing to subscribe for a joke or two.
WTF QR Codes - If you’ve ever wondered, ‘Do most people really not understand how QR codes work?’, this blog is your answer.
Follow-up: Tumblr’s New Policy Against Pro-Self-Harm Blogs - Tumblr decided to shut down blogs that actively promote self-harm, and in the process, stirred up quite a debate around these issues and how they should be dealt with online. It’s something that will likely take some time for them to clarify, but it’s interesting to see them take such an active roll in an issue that’s often ignored or swept under the rug by other networks.
Fun’s Over! NBC Sics The Lawyers On The Inspector Spacetime Kickstarter Project - On NBC’s ‘Community’, the main characters watch a show called Inspector Spacetime, based on the adventures of a humanoid alien inspector who travels the galaxy in his flying phone booth. Following the episode, fan groups popped up for the non-existent show, and the actor who played the otherwise minor role of Inspector Spacetime decided to try and make an actual show out of it, funded in part through a Kickstarter program. Sadly, NBC’s lawyers came in and shut the whole thing down, but it’s an interesting example of how quickly something can go from a minor joke to a major community effort thanks to the power and speed of social media.