Bolt by Instagram – 1 tap photo messages

Instagram-logoWell it looks like they’ve done it – Bolt by Instagram – 1 tap photo messages, has been launched – according to reports by Techcrunch, Mashable and The Verge.

We’ve been hearing about this new messaging app which is set to be a Snapchat Rival for about a week now.

Snapchat, Slingshot and now Bolt…..We really need more right?

Bolt by Instagram – 1 tap photo messages

It seemed that Instagram let the cat out of the bag before it was ready – or maybe it was one of those accidently on purpose social campaigns that Apple always seem to have.

This banner appeared on peoples instagram accounts introducing Bolt

instagram launched Bolt

Its being launched at first to just three countries, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa, and supposedly coming soon to the rest of us.

Its a real shame they decided to go with the name Bolt, I’m really not sure why they did. If you search on the App Store there are so many apps called Bolt and one developer actually asked instagram to please not use it as they’d spent the last year building their own Bolt brand.  What a blow to them.

Bolt Not integrated into Instagram

Its going to be completely separate from Instagram, thank goodness. Seems that it is the same as Snapchat, where you can send quick messages using photos that self destruct or disappear.  I hope Bolt doesn’t start leaking user names or mess up their privacy policy. 

This app doesn’t excite me in the slightest, I didn’t keep Snapchat, or Slingshot and I won’t get this.

We have enough instant messengers in our lives already, many of which are applications on our phones or applications within programs on our computers.  Which might be very useful and valuable however, Bolt as a messaging application, probably isn’t going to be for most social media marketers or companies but for children to play with.  Although of course if your target market is teens, then you might want to jump on the one tap photo messaging band wagon, and start one tapping your photos.

I will of course test Bolt by Instagram when it comes along, as I did with Snapchat, but I would think thats as far as it would go.

Have you got it yet?

Instagram say – We are NOT going to sell your photos and WE do not own them!

There was a storm caused today on the internet, with people saying they are not going to use instragram anymore over changes to their privacy policy posted on the instagram blog yesterday, that they are going to cancel their accounts.  It was said everywhere that Instagram now own your photos and could sell your images to advertisers, they say this is not true.

People are confused and upset say Instagram

Instagram insist that they are NOT going to use our photos in advertisements and that Instagram does not have any ownership right over your photos either. You own your own instagram photos.  They say that they worded this badly and they are glad that they didn’t intend to make any changes for 30 days so that they can change the wording so that it is clearer in the document.

The language we proposed also raised question about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement. We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question.

Ownership Rights Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos. Nothing about this has changed.

So Instragram have no rights over  your photos and will not sell them to advertisers …. 

Instagram went on to explain that control over who sees your photos also has not changed, if you are private then they will stay that way.

Thank you for your help in making sure that Instagram continues to thrive and be a community that we’re all proud of. Please stay tuned for updates coming soon.

The original post where Instagram announce the changes did say that nothing had changed about your photos ownership or who can see them, but I assume ( I didn’t read the policy only the blog posts, I was not concerned, if they can sell my snaps good luck to them LOL) that the policy is unclear.  People I spoke to said that the policy was a clear as day – and they they are back-tracking – however it does say this on the blog post that announced the Instragram changes yesterday.

  •  Nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them.
  • Our updated privacy policy helps Instagram function more easily as part of Facebook by being able to share info between the two groups. 

So its all been a bit of a drama about nothing has it ?  We will see ……

Hope this helps

Where to find the URL or Link for a tweet or post on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and more.

Many people ask me how to find the direct url or link or address – for a tweet on Twitter or posts from other social networks so that they can repost elsewhere – maybe for a mission in Empire Avenue for instance. So here is how to…

How to find the direct link of a tweet using

1. Click on your twitter name ( or someone elses) in your profile it will bring up a page that says view more tweets.


2. Find the tweet that you require, and hover over the right hand side – it will say details click that.

3. At the top in your url bar you will see the url for that post.  Note if it is one of your tweets you will not see the retweet button but if someone else see’s that link they will have the option to retweet.

How to find a tumblr URL – Link

1. Find the post you want on your dash board by clicking your name first.

2. Hover over the top right hand corner, you will see that the corner curls up, click this.

3. The post then opens up with its own link at the top of the page.

How to find your facebook link or URL

1. Go to your Facebook Wall – timeline – find the post you want to retrieve the URL of.

2. Underneath your name you will see a time/date stamp – click that.

3. The post will open in its own window with its direct link. This one was actually to celebrate the fact that project forgive had reached their goal of $100.000 dollars. Although pledges are still welcome to help with funding.

How to find the direct Link or URL to a Google Plus post.

1. Find the post that you need the link from – and the same as Facebook, find the time-stamp.

2. Click this and it will take you to the new page which has the URL.

How to find the direct link or URL on Instagram

There are many ways to do this but if you are on the PC you can log in with – you simply click the picture that you want the link from. Statigram is a great way to view pictures or photos to like and comment on too.

How to find the direct link or URL of a YouTube Video

Again there are many ways – if the link isn’t at the top of the page you are viewing from then go to the video and click SHARE – you don’t have to share but it will bring up the link in a separate box.

I can’t think of any others that you might need right now but if there is another link you are trying to find please ask below and if I know I will tell you if not I will find out, and still tell you!

My good friend Seth from Nerd Enterprises also has videos to show  How to Link to a Tweet – (which he does slightly differently I noticed) and also How to link to a Post on Google Plus. You will also find he does many Quickbooks and Excel Tutorials which are useful too.

Here is one of those videos – in case you find that easier :

Seth is actually interviewing Chris Pirillo soon see more

Hope this helps!