Instagram, the hugely popular photo sharing and social media website was launched in October 2010 but quickly gained popularity, and by October 2012, had over one hundred million active users around the world, according to Wikipedia.
Why is so popular? It seemed to eclipse Facebook in that, although thousands of photos are also shared on Facebook every day, Instagram appealed to younger people and the “selfie generation.” Also, users are able to be tagged in photos, which is great for groups gatherings and group selfies.
Instagram also appealed to more serious photo lovers. Artistic photos appeared on multiple feeds (with such wide subjects as nature, kids, travel, sports, and of course, food), the very existence of Instagram gave both professional photographers and first time novices a vehicle to express themselves through photography.) Their many photo filter choices within the application made it easy for even an amateur to be a photojournalist in no time.
However, many developers were disappointed recently when Instagram announced they would be reviewing third party apps using its API due to an Instagram spy type theft of passwords. According to The Inquirer:
“Instagram said on its developer blog that it plans to review new and existing third-party apps using its API in order to ‘set up a more sustainable environment built around authentic experiences on the platform.’ This means that users who post sandwich pictures to Instagram via third-party apps may find that these are no longer able to access the image sharing service. Once Instagram’s new app approval process goes live on 3 December, the firm will shun apps that pull in a full Instagram feed, but will give the green light to apps that help users share their own content and help brands understand their audiences. Developers will have until 1 June to submit their apps. Instagram will provide a Sandbox Mode for developers building and testing apps while the review process is going on. Instagram will not accept any new apps until the new process goes live on 3 December.”
Is there an Instagram spy that the developers want to fix? It’s quite possible. A very popular UK app called InstaAgent was allowing Instagrammers to gain access to people who were stalking their account. Article goes on to say:
“News of Instagram restricting its API comes just a week after it was revealed that Apple was forced to pull a chart-topping Instagram client from the App Store for stealing passwords and spreading malware. InstaAgent, which has found itself at the top of Apple’s most popular apps list in the UK, claimed to allow Instagram users to see the people who had been stalking their account.”
It seems that Instagram wants to reign in third party apps: whether it be a spy app like InstaAgent, or any app that would be distributing malware that could steal users passwords, the social media site reacting quickly.
If you’re interested in a cell phone spy app, you don’t have to worry about an Instagram spy like InstaAgent being shut down. Auto Forward is the modern cell phone spy that can be installed on a target phone. Once installed, a user can see all photos, videos, social media activity (including all those Instagram photos!), call logs, emails, web browsing history and much more.
The developers of any social media site are well ahead of the curve; it’s their responsibility to do so. But there are other options on the market, and a cell phone monitoring software like Auto Forward can be an excellent choice.