Instagram video – so far only frustrating

I have been very keen to try out the new Instagram video

But up until now I have not been able to capture anything with Instagram video…
It does not want to record for more than 5 seconds, and then it does not want to upload the video.

And I wasted precious video moments because it could not be saved!
Not on my camera roll, nor on Instagram.

That's where Animoto has the upper hand with regards Vine and Instagram video.
With Animoto you make a choice of the photos and videos on your camera roll, where Vine and Instagram video requires a straight recording while in the app.
Which implies that you loose the recorded video when you can’t upload! Or sometimes you do not want to share it in a public domain, but you would still like to hold on to the video.

Not possible in Vine and Instagram video!

Instagram video gets a thumbs down for now!

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Historypin – Mobile Thing 5 of ANZ 23 Mobile things

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Historypin – screen grab

This week I am trying out the suggested apps using GPS location on my iPad.
(I am not even going to try using it on my Blackberry 9360, because of its short battery life and low memory issues!)

I downloaded the Historypin app yesterday and uploaded my first photo. It alerted me that I had to wait six hours for it to be placed on the system. It was there this morning, but without the date and the information that I had attached to it.
It also places the location of the photo about 4000 km away, which is not the case.

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My pin, without a date and details, which I have uploaded yesterday

When I use my device to get my location with nearby photos, there are only two of a grandmother and a dog. Not very inspiring!

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2 photos nearby me, without the photo I have uploaded yesterday (which I thought would have been here)

I also get a lot of interference messages, which are fine, since I am using it in a building.
I will have to check it out outside.

When I look at uploaded pins, it also gives me pins from worldwide, which I find frustrating. I would have liked if it only showed me pins of nearby places, or at least in South Africa.

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Random pins

So far I am not impressed with the app.

Maybe if there is more uptake in South Africa?

I also find that although we can sign up with Google, our profiles are not linked. It also does not seem as if I can import a photo or Avatar for my profile.

I will be checking back with ANZ 23 Mobile Things to see if others had a better experience?
But so far not something that I would use in the library and archive environment.