Extra Credit

By: Emily Bennett

After listening to Trif Alatzas, a Loyola Alumni and current publisher and editor-in-chief of The Baltimore Sun, speak about journalism and the future of journalism, I would agree that this industry is not leaving us, but is merely changing and evolving over the years. With the introduction of new mediums to share content on, it’s important for journalists and reporters to cover a multitude of platforms so that they can reach a larger audience and make an impact in society. Since new technologies have been introduced over the years, journalists should focus not just on newspapers, EBooks, reporting and traditional forms of writing, but also through social media and other online methods.

In addition, he talked about how within journalism, photos and videos are becoming more and more important to the content that a journalist discusses and posts. You can reach a greater audience and impact more people when you create and post things that others can see, not just facts that they read or hear. A picture says a thousand words and our society is becoming more and more visually dependent. It makes it easier for people to understand the context of information and engage in actual emotion related to whatever a journalist is exploring.

Since journalists are on the forefront and the middlemen between important news and a community of people, this profession will never leave us. I believe that journalism and especially photo-journalism will continue to grow as we become more and more technologically savvy. There is no telling what other platforms will emerge so its crucial that those in this industry can adapt with the changing environment and effectively communicate news to a large audience.



Extra Credit lecture

Kate, Sam, and Amy

On April 20th 2017 loyola host and editor from the baltimore sun to come and talk about the news paper and the future of journalism big or small. Before he started talking he gave some background information about himself. He graduated from here Loyola Maryland University, but when he went here it was called Loyola Maryland  college. He met his wife here while working on the school news paper (Green and white) and made many friends. When he first came to Loyola he wanted to be a Bio  Major, but he soon realized that bio wasn’t for him. He went to his advisor for there yearly meeting and he advisor told him that he should think about changing his major and maybe working for the news paper. The rest was history.

Something important that he said was the “journalism isn’t leaving  its just changing”. He said that we have to adapt to the times we are in. When he was in college no one really had cell phones and now thats probably the first thing you check every morning before you get out of bed. news papers are a dying profession because most people now a days don’t get an actual news paper they just get there news from there computers or on there iPhones, iPads, and or smartphones.

On the baltimore sun the write article on nation wide events, local event, sports, and they cover stories that touch peoples hearts not just through writing but through pictures as well. The baltimore sun covered the Rokerton when loyola got a world record for crab walking. Instead of the classic printing it out in the newspaper, they had videos and pictures of people participating and watching the students crab walking on the quad. They also interviewed Al Roker on what he though about the crab walk on video.

Since journalism isn’t going away because people need to know everything in this day in age it will be easier if we learn how to adapt to new things that come along. people were shocked when the first iPhone came out because it was something they have never seen before. people we interested by the internet because it was something that was so new and different. Both of these things everyone takes for granted today. Who’s to say that something next isnt going to come around and change the way we read our news next.


By Jack Walzer, Amy Clerkin, Joey Martino, Michelle Boca


This source explains different jobs in the field.


This site explains what you can do in the field.

Information on how to work in advertising and the degrees needed. 

Talks about the responsibilities and tasks when working in the advertising industry


This source discusses the current employment statistics for careers in advertising and how employment for advertising is expected increase in the upcoming years. 


This source explains multiple advertising techniques.


This source includes multiple advertising strategies.


Project so far

Kate, Sam, and Paul

If you see anything while you’re researching write it down under the question  

  1. Possible job positions
    1. Producer
      1. A film producer are responsible for the behind the scenes decisions from movies such as those regarding films finances scripts selections and cast management. Film producers aren’t always required to have certain educational credentials. However a bachelors and masters degree programs that give them a solid knowledge of business practices and are helpful to filmaking or broadcasting.
    2. Scriptwriter  
      1. They create the plot and characters and the dialog in a motion picture. While some screen writers may focus their work on creating original stories other may prefer to use their talents to adapt books or plays into films scripts. Writing is essential to become a screenplay writers but a regular paycheck is not a guarantee. So it is also important for individuals to network and make connections in order to get their work read by producers and directors.
        1. Salary median salary for all writers and authors is 58,850 per year.
    3. Talent Agent
      1. Agents find scripts for their actor or director clients to read. They shop around their clients’ headshots, film reels, and original scripts to studios and independent production companies across the country. They negotiate salaries and complicated profit-sharing deals with movie studios and distribution companies. They find extra promotional and sponsorship opportunities for their clients, whether it’s putting their face on a perfume campaign or shooting commercials for a Japanese soft drink. They make sure their clients are booked in the right hotel rooms, the right airplane flights and have all of their favorite food and music and clothes when they arrive.
        1. http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/highest-paying-jobs-film-industry10.htm
        2. 26,024 – $101,367
      2. source : http://ezp.lndlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=buh&AN=117241057&site=eds-live&scope=site


  1. current state of employment in the profession
  2. Changes 
in the profession that may affect employment. For example, the expansion of the
Internet means advertising firms will need those who can design ads suitable
for web sites.
  • Producers
    • In 2004 there was 122,600 jobs and the outlook is just expanding. 9% faster than average. This is because more and more actors and actresses want to produce their own shows or movies. There are many celebrities that have made a name for themselves on the big screen and then they decide that they want to direct something.
    • Employment of producers and directors is projected to have a growth of 9% from 2014 and 2024. This is moving at a very fast pass. Some jobs growth in the motion picture industry is expected to stem from strong demand of the public. If more people are looking at movies and looking forward to movies. People also are more demanding to watch tv so they need more producers and directors. Also because of this day in age foreign audiences are more and more popular for US produced films. Also since everyone is very into seeing what celebrities are like reality tv shows are more popular than ever. There is a high in demand for reality shows on TV, this has expended and expected to increase so more producers and directors will be need to create and oversee editing these programs.
    • Production companies are experimenting with new content, and different methods of delivery. Something that they will have to think of is different ways to watch tv, such as watching them on mobile phones and online which will lead to more job opportunities for producers and directors in the future do to the fast growth of technology.  
    • Selena gomez, became very popular due to her show on disney channel and her music, is now one of the executive producers on the new netflix show thirteen reasons why that are on netflix.
    • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/producers-and-directors.htm#tab-6
    • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Producers and Directors,
    • on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/producers-and-directors.htm (visited April 10, 2017).
  • Writers
    • Writers and authors are projected to grow 2 percent from 2014 to 2024, this unfortunately a slower rise in average for all occupations. Despite the slower than average employment growth online publication and services are growing in numbers. Some experienced writers could find work in public relations department or nonprofit organizations.
    • I also think that if there are more producers and more directors that they are going to need to have more and more people that need to help write their scripts.
  1. Education 


The education requirements of a producer is a bachelor’s degree, joint master of business administration/ Master of fine art are also helpful to have.

A theater management bachelor’s degree program can include classes in acting directing, and script study and staging plays. Additional students learn accounting public relations and management skills. Film studies degree may be helpful as well.


Study .com. “Film Producer: Education Requirements, Salary and Job Duties.” Study.com. BBB Accredited Business, n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2017.


Bachelor’s degree

Creative writing film production

No experience necessary but college programs or contest may be provided opportunities to get scripts produced

Key skills – creativity and the ability to communicate a story


Study.com. “Become a Screenplay Writer: Career Requirements and Info.” Study.com. BBB Accredited Business, n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2017.

Five Sources

By: Alec Rudolph, Sydney Wall, Maria Vazquez

1. Smith, Ron. Ethics in Journalism. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2011. Print.

  • “The reputation of journalists is continually being questioned. Nearly every public opinion poll shows that people have lost respect for journalists and lost faith in the news media. In this fully updated and expanded 6th edition of Ethics in Journalism, author Ron F. Smith provides a highly readable introduction to journalism ethics, and offers solutions for the many ethical dilemmas facing journalists today. Utilizes dozens of new case studies, mostly taken from everyday experiences of reporters at both large and smaller newspapers and TV stationsExplores the practical ethical issues involved.”

2. Ekström, Mats. “Information, Storytelling and Attractions: TV Journalism in Three Modes of Communication.” Media, Culture & Society 22.4 (2000): 465-92. Web.

  • “The competition for the attention of potential audiences, and the problem of audience appeal, has become an increasingly important aspect of TV journalism. The aim of this article is to present a conceptual framework for studies of TV journalism as communication; including different intentions, strategies applied to appeal to viewers, processes of production, bases for audience involvement, roles and relations. I differentiate three modes of communication: information, storytelling and attractions, and argue that this trichotomy is more fruitful and analytically developed, compared to other conceptualizations such as the dichotomy: information and entertainment. The article describes and conceptualizes the specific characteristics of information, storytelling and attractions; and presents empirical examples of TV journalism communicating within these modes of communication.”

3. Academy, New York Film. “A Brief Look at the History of Broadcast Journalism.” Student Resources. N.p., 01 Apr. 2015. Web. 11 Apr. 2017.

  • ““Edward Roscoe Murrow” – the significance of this name in broadcast journalism cannot be overlooked for those who are remotely interested in the topic. Following the advent of FM radio in 1935, Murrow was assigned by CBS –the largest radio network in the United States at the time – as director of talks. But it wasn’t until his move to London in 1937 to become the network’s chief correspondent for Europe that he became a household name. Having gathered the best group of reporters to work with (famously known as “Murrow’s Boys”) he oversaw the creation of what we know today as foreign news broadcasting.”

4. “What Is a TV Journalist?” What Is a TV Journalist? N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2017.

  • “A television journalist reports the news using on-camera interviews and on-scene footage. They can cover events at the local, national and international levels, and may research their assigned stories prior to interviewing experts in the field. They may also do follow-up stories to give the public new information or update them on a particular situation. Television journalists also help with the editing of their stories, provide voiceovers and may prepare the story for coverage on television as well as online. In today’s world, these professionals typically keep up with social media and provide a presence on various outlets for their audience. The following chart gives an overview of this popular career.”

5. Duhe, S. F., and L. A. Zukowski. “Radio-TV Journalism Curriculum: First Jobs and Career Preparation.” Journalism & Mass Communication Educator 52.1 (1997): 4-15. Web.

  • This scholarly journal is a nationwide examination of the opinions of both industry professionals and educators regarding the curriculum, or necessary steps, that must be taken for individuals to be successful in journalism and broadcasting. It provides insight from both educators and academics of the field to acting professionals of the field, therefore providing an outline for the best possible education one can receive for this field. (From Loyola Library).

Five Sources

By: Emily Bennett, Elizabeth Banquer, Drew Pearson

Boyle, Justin. “Web Designer Salary & Career Outlook.” Schools.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2017. <http://www.schools.com/news/web-designer-salary-career-outlook.html&gt;.

  • “According to the BLS, job opportunities for Web designers and developers are expected to grow 20 percent between 2012 and 2022, which should result in an increase of approximately 28,500 positions. Also, Web designers are likely to occupy at least some percentage of the 17,400 graphic design positions expected to open up during the same period.

Inc., MTR At CareerPlanner.com. “Graphic Designers.” Graphic Designers Jobs and Job Outlook. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2017. <https://job-outlook.careerplanner.com/Graphic-Designers.cfm&gt;.

  • “A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry-level and advanced graphic design positions; although some entry-level technical positions may only require an associate degree. Bachelor’s degree programs in fine arts or graphic design are offered at many colleges, universities, and private design schools. Most curriculums include studio art, principles of design, computerized design, commercial graphics production, printing techniques, and Web site design.”

Heller, Steven, and Teresa Fernandes. Becoming a graphic designer: a guide to careers in design. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2010. Print.

  • provides a comprehensive survey of the graphic design market, including complete coverage of print and electronic media and the evolving digital design disciplines that offer today’s most sought-after jobs. Featuring 65 interviews with today’s leading designers, this visual guide has more than 600 illustrations and covers everything from education and training, design specialties, and work settings to preparing an effective portfolio and finding a job.

Kolowich, Lindsay. “The History of Web Design [Infographic].” HubSpot. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2017.

  • “Though there’s much more we can do with web design today, it’s fun to take a look back at where we came from. In the infographic below, AmeriCommerce takes us through the exciting history of web design from 1990 to present. Take a look at the design trends, browsers, and monitor resolutions that were prevalent at different times over the last 25 years.”

An Introduction to the History of Graphic Design. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2017.

  • This website offers numerous pages on the history of graphic design and shows the many different examples and ways it has evolved over time. It is an introduction to the history of graphic design beginning with symbols and handwriting to the origins of advertising and how graphic design played a key role in that and the modernization of communication.

Facebook Web 2.0

By: Samantha Schultz and Kate Mills

Wielding new media in Web 2.0: exploring the history of engagement with the collaborative construction of media products explains the progression of the web. It explains how fast and rapidly technology has developed through new innovations and ideas. Our web is going to continuously prosper and come up with new ideas to make the web better than it already is. There are a lot of regulation rules however the market for some of these media sources are off the charts. Women and young girls are also an increase in this rapid technology especially by blogging.

Web Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook in 2004, which evolved from myspace. Mark had created Facebook to connect his Harvard college campus. Facebook back in 2006 was a place for teenagers to connect and share statuses for example “like for like” or “like for a compliment.” It was the start of social media in our generation. It was originally for teenagers and the occasional parents, but today the roles have changed. More parents and elders use Facebook then teenagers. However, it is more than just a networking where you can post your latest news or share pictures. Facebook has become a place of advertisement, one can find out the latest trends, the newest or most exciting news. Facebook always you to connect with people all over the world, also keeps you up to date on your friend’s birthday, it even will send you notifications on your phone to remind you. Something that is new that Facebook came up with is going Live, which is a spin-off of snap chat or posting a video. But instead of posting a video that you already made, you videotape yourself at the moment. It shows your actions as you are doing it and what you are doing it through your phone.


Away from that Facebook replaces telephones is that you are able to talk to people more quickly, you are able to create messages and share photos on your timeline so that friends and family members are connected and kept up to date with your life. Facebook also replaced writing letters because in the past you would write a message to update your family and friends, or maybe send a postcard whenever you went somewhere interesting or cool. But nowadays you can just create a post about your trip, and within seconds your friends and family see what you made that trip and how you liked it. Facebook also replaces photo books and scrapbooks, instead of printing out millions of pictures and making a collage one can create an album on Facebook and put all those pictures there, it is an easy way to have your photos saved forever.

Away from that Facebook replaces telephones is that you are able to talk to people more quickly, you are able to create messages and share photos on your timeline so that friends and family members are connected and kept up to date with your life. Facebook also replaced writing letters because in the past you would write a message to update your family and friends, or maybe send a postcard whenever you went somewhere interesting or cool. But nowadays you can just create a post about your trip, and within seconds your friends and family see what you made that trip and how you liked it. Facebook also replaces photobooks and scrapbooks, instead of printing out millions of pictures and making a collage one can create an album on Facebook and put all those pictures there, it is an easy way to have your photos saved forever.

In 2007 Facebook wrote on there a blog that Facebook would now be able to be accessed on your mobile phone. You would be able to send SMS messages, poke people, write on peoples walls, and post things on your timeline. Basically, you can use all aspects of Facebook that you get on the computer on your mobile device. In 2010 Facebook released the original web-centric mobile app. While other companies were releasing native versions of app suited to Apple and Android phones. This was a gamble on Facebook’s part, but eventually, the operating system currently vying for power would be overturned by straight web-based experience. Facebook made software so that you would be able to access their website on any device, phone, iPad, Android, and flip phones. They wanted to make sure that everyone had a chance access their web page.

Something that facebooks added to make money is having an advertisement on the side of your time line. They have software so that they can see what you are searching on the internet, and they put that product on the side of your screen. Also on the side of your screen, they have phrases that are trending.


The evolution of facebook.



By Maria Vazquez and Sydney Wall

Twitter is a social media app that was invented in 2006 with the intentions of giving out a short burst of inconsequential information. it sought to not replace anything, so essentially it was completely different from any social media. Each tweet consists of 140 characters only, where you can either say what’s on your mind or say something that is important to you. it also can be a way for news sources to reach their audience about what is going on in the world today.

A stage of development of the World Wide Web, characterized especially by the change from static web pages to dynamic or user-generated content and the growth of social media. Other main points in the essay are that media was essentially the source for bringing communities together and make communication of the masses easier.  


On March 21, 2006, 9:50pm, Jack Dorsey posted the first ever tweet and it read “just setting up my twttr”. The popular social media site, Twitter, was originally called twttr. Twitter’s popularity grew rapidly. In 2007 it had 400,000 tweets posted per quarter which increased to 100 million tweets posted per quarter in 2008. Also in this year, Twitter achieved 1 billion tweets. In July 2009, Twitter was added to the Collins English Dictionary as a noun and a verb. By February 2010, users were sending 50 million tweets per day. In late 2010, the website was revamped. Twitter featured new changes which “included the ability to see pictures and videos without leaving Twitter itself by clicking on individual tweets which contain links to images and clips from a variety of supported websites including YouTube and Flickr.” In 2010, astronaut T.J. Creamer tweeted live from the International Space Station. Twitter celebrated its sixth birthday on March 21, 2012, and announced that it has 140 million users and sees 340 million tweets per day. In January 2013, Twitter acquired the video app, Vine. Today, the most followed person on Twitter is singer, Katy Perry. 

Ellen DeGeneres set the record for most retweeted tweet of all time.


Snapchat as a Web 2.0 Technology

by Alec Rudolph, Drew Pearson, and Paul DiPasqua

The evolution of Snapchat is an important one because, if not for this evolution, you and all your friends wouldn’t have an app to use for showing people pretty much everything and anything remotely entertaining or stupid (or both) during your day. It has become one of the most popular mobile apps that can be downloaded to your iPhone or Android smartphone – A 2014 study revealed that 77 percent of college students surveyed use the Snapchat mobile app daily, a number that seems a little low in 2017 since it has exploded in popularity. So now, a snapshot of Snapchat’s ever-changing features should be able to paint a picture of how it has risen to prominence among millennials.

September 2011 – Just Photos

Upon its release, Snapchat enabled you to send pictures to your friends directly from the app, making it the perfect time-killer for bored high school students.

December 2012 – Videos

Hate it or love it, this innovation is the reason why your feed is full of concerts that you don’t care about whatsoever. Yet, it’s also the reason Snapchat began to grow in popularity.

Best Friends

Shortly after the introduction of videos, Snapchat allowed you to see your friends’ top three friends. Perhaps a buzzkill for those who did not want their snap-receivers publicized, Snapchat has since removed this feature and only you have access to your “best friends list”.

January 13 – Snapsterpieces

This feature brought out everyone’s inner artist by allowing you to make everyday things magical, like this cat.

February 2013 – The Growth

By this point in time, over 60 million snaps were being sent per day, averaging out to about 700 snaps per second.

October 2013 – Story Time

Something that now seems to be the main reason for using Snapchat wasn’t actually a feature until over two years after Snapchat’s creation. It is hard to believe that the introduction of unlimited views of your best friend’s (or worst enemy’s) pictures and videos for 24 hours effectively changed social media forever.

December 2013 – Replay

Prior to this, once you viewed a snap sent to you by a friend it would vanish forever. With the replay feature, a viewer can replay a snap ONCE a day, so choose carefully who you choose to replay.

May 2014 – Snap(CHAT)

The ability to actually “chat” on Snapchat is probably my favorite. It’s pretty funny when someone talks to you about your Snapchat conversation the next day but you have no recollection because sent messages are wiped away into empty bubbles an hour after sending.

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July 2014 – GeoFilters

The location-based service that allows users to unlock certain filters based on their location is a cool way to interact with users, as they can draw and submit their own GeoFilter for any location they please.

 August 2014 – Live Section

Snapchat introduced us to a “Live” section allowing people to follow events live. This is where most of my time is wasted right here.

October 2014 – Advertisements

You probably haven’t even noticed because you just tap through them, but two and a half years ago Snapchat introduced the ability to advertise on the app.

November 2014 – Snapcash

Meant to make sending money to friends more convenient than closing the Snapchat app and opening Venmo, Snapchat began to allow users to send money by linking a bank account and simply typing “$” to begin a transaction.

November 2014 – Sponsored Stories

Highlighting big events such as the AMA’s and the Super Bowl, sponsored stories allow users to upload their snaps to the sponsored story if they are at the venue.

January 2015 – Discover Section

Unless you are REALLY bored, like I often find myself, this is a feature that is seldom used. However, if you do stumble into the discover section you can view content from brands like ESPN, CNN, Vice, Warner Music, National Geographic, Yahoo News, and others.

April 2015 – Emoji Hidden Meanings

To be honest, I had no clue what the emojis next to my friends’ names mean. So, I did some research and now they make way more sense. If you have the same issue, this should be able to help:

May 2015 – Extreme Growth

Snapchat reached 100 million active users, who were sending approximately 400 million snaps per day.

July 2015 – Gif Profile Picture

This feature enabled you to have a profile picture by taking 5 pics of yourself, which would automatically be turned into an animated gif for your profile picture.

July 2015 – Edit Mania

Snapchat figured it was time to allow you to swipe through filters, position text and emojis, show the time, temperature, or even how fast you are going (DONT SNAP AND DRIVE), because these are all clearly very important for everyone to know.


September 2015 – Face-altering filters

I have realized that I made a mistake by saying sending actual chats on Sncapchat is my favorite feature, because it’s actually this. To describe it in one hyphenated word: life-changing.

April 2016 – 80 MORE CHARACTERS!

In case you were having trouble typing your latest novel on Snapchat, they finally introduced a new character limit to add 80 more characters of typing in a snap.

January 2017 – The Stats

Total Number of Monthly Active Users: > 300 million

Total Number of Daily Active Users: 100 million

Percentage of US Social Media users on Snapchat: 18%

Number of Snaps created Per Day: 1 million

Percentage of Daily reach (18-34 years old) in America: 41%

Percentage of users younger than 34: 71%

Percentage of Users aged between 18-24: 45%

Number of Snapchat Daily Video Views: > 10 billion

Percentage of U.S. Millennial Internet Users regularly using Snapchat: 30%

Percentage of Total US Digital population reached: 11%

Snapchat as Web 2.0

By constantly updating its features and allowing for more dynamic interactions between clients and servers, more engaging webpage displays and applications, and ultimately more interactive and participative user-to-user interactions with little technical knowledge required, Snapchat is a textbook example of Web 2.0.




By Joey Martino and Jack Walzer

The art of photography and photo-sharing has been around ever since the camera was invented in 1814. Sharing photographs was more challenging pre web 2.0 due to the tedious process of developing film and the physical aspect of sharing a photo. Things got easier with the emergence of Polaroids, however photo-sharing was advanced with the invention of the digital camera. The digital camera helped people to take pictures with ease, and allowed them to share pictures in a matter of seconds. Multiple websites were created for photo-sharing which paved the way for Instagram. Instagram launched in 2010, creating a platform for sharing photos with your friends. The first adapters to Instagram were obviously millennials, and it was only a matter of time until this app took off. Instagram is able to influence the social, economic and culture aspects of social media by sharing photos. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. The app was soon picked up by children, adults and even companies trying to get a voice on this platform. Instagram has created the ability to share your direct experience or thought in a matter of seconds.

In the essay we read for class, it discussed how Web 2.0 has slowly evolved from very simple ideas from the old days. It showed how all the new ideas on the Web all have a base that is rooted in some simpler idea that they expanded upon. The article also discussed how this new wave of technology is more user friendly and based on interacting with each other and sharing your lives. Instagram is Web 2.0 because it connects users through pictures, videos and stories. Instagram advances on the art of photography and photo sharing. It now makes these tasks much easier and gives other ways to share your memories.

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Its early innovation came about because its creators, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krueger, knew that there would be a market for picture sharing on the internet. This small app was pretty popular in the beginning. It evolved into the next phase because although the app was taking off, they knew there was much more that their users wanted, so they expanded into videos. The largest force was when Facebook bought the app. This revolutionized the app, bringing many strong features to it. They used their previous knowledge from working on Facebook to code the app differently so the timeline works differently. They also added stories and multiple pictures or videos in one post.

Instagram has evolved from a small app for sharing pictures into much more. Instagram was acquired by Facebook in 2012, continuing its growth. Over the years, Instagram has implemented new functions adding to its popularity and growth. Instagram now allows its users to create videos, stories and even live videos. Instagram currently has over 600 million users and is constantly adding more. The advancement of web 2.0 allows Instagram to grow by adding new features while also sticking to its roots of photo-sharing.