How Facebook Moved 20 Billion Instagram Photos Without You Noticing | Enterprise | Wired

Mike Krieger.

Ariel Zambelich/WIRED Your Instagram photos arent where they used to be. This spring, even as some 200 million people were using Instagram on their smartphones, a small team of engineers moved the photo sharing service from Amazons cloud computing servicewhere it was built in 2010into a data center operated by Facebook, which bought Instagram in 2012. The users are still in the same car they were in at the beginning of the journey, says Instagram founder Mike Krieger, but weve swapped out every single part without them noticing. Facebook calls it the Instagration, and it was an unprecedented undertaking for Mark Zuckerberg and company. Facebook has moved other acquired properties like FriendFeed into its data centers, but typically, they were small projects that involved shutting a service down before moving it into the Facebook universe. The Instagram switch was the live migration of an enormousand enormously popularoperation. The service couldnt take any disruption, says Facebook engineer George Cabrera. Facebook wont say how many virtual machines were needed to run Instagram on Amazon, but it was in the thousands. And the service now stores over 20 billion digitals photos. The users are still in the same car they were in at the beginning of the journey, but weve swapped out every single part without them noticing. For Instagram, the move was a way of more effectively plugging into a wide range of computing tools that have long helped drive Facebooks vast online empire.

Original article here: http://www.wired.com/2014/06/facebook-instagram/

Instagram removes photo of two men kissing at their wedding | Mail Online

Do you know how many followers you’ve gained since you got “Rihanna”? When I got that username I had almost 80K followers, buy followers instagram I was the most followed instagram account about her already. And you have 974k now, so you added almost a million followers since you got the name? Yes! But I used to gain a lot of followers when I had the “TeamRihanna411” username too, so it was added mostly because of the time I’m on Instagram. How often do you get messages or tags from people who think you’re the real Rihanna? Everytime, even tho I put on my bio that I’m not her and I have always tagged her real account on my photos and never pretended to be her, there are people that still think I’m her. Do you respond to people? What do you say?

Original article here: http://gawker.com/a-conversation-with-the-admiral-of-rihannas-instagram-n-1596861238

A Conversation With the Admiral of Rihanna’s Instagram Navy

‘I posted this photo of my wedding yesterday and Instagram took it off my album for being “inappropiate”, and on gay pride day of all days,’ wrote the hairdresser, who has worked with stars including Pink, Emily VanCamp, Bridget Moynahan and Molly Sims. Apple CEO Tim Cook poses smiling for pictures at San Francisco Gay Pride just days after he was accidentally outed as homosexual by a presenter on live TV The post attracted 160 ‘likes’ and prompted dozens of people to re-post it and spread the word. ‘Stunning photo,’ wrote one friend. ‘I don’t see anything wrong with two people in love – amazing.’ Another person said of the photo removal: ‘Outrageous. Love you two! #love #pride #bestcoupleever’. Outcry: After someone apparently flagged the photo as inappropriate, prompting the site to remove it, supermodel Karen Elson was one of the people to jump to the couple’s defense Double standard: Many pointed out that Instagram has allowed pictures that are far more inappropriate Even supermodel Karen Elson, who has more than 48,000 followers, jumped to the couple’s defense, sharing the photo along with the caption: ‘These 2 people just got married and the photo captured the moment, how can you find an expression of love offensive? #allyouneedislove’. ‘The photo captured the moment, how can you find an expression of love offensive?’ Others pointed out that the site has allowed far more inappropriate pictures.

Original article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2675606/Outcry-Instagram-removes-photo-two-men-kissing-wedding-restoring-apologizing-mistake.html

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