Instagram Sends Mysterious Invitations for a Media Event on December 12
Facebook’s (NASDAQ:FB) photo sharing site, Instagram, has sent a mysterious letter to reporters, inviting them to attend a media event in New York on December 12.
CNET received one of the Instagram invites, which came via FedEx, not email. The invite consisted of a square wooden block with a printed Instagram photo on it and a slot in back so the photo can be hung on the wall. Attached was a note inviting members of the press to “share a moment with Kevin Systrom and the Instagram team.”
Instagram obviously isn’t answering any questions about the event right now, as the company wants to build anticipation for its mystery announcement.
The most recent rumors to come out of Instagram involve the possibility of the site developing its own messaging service, similar to Facebook messaging but possibly involving photos. CNET speculated that the method of delivering the announcement suggests that Instagram could be introducing a way for users to print their photos.
Earlier this week, TechCrunch received an anonymous tip that Instagram had created user emails using user handles and @instagram.com. An attempt to use those emails resulted in an error message but did not indicate that the email addresses don’t exist. Instagram could have created the email addresses as a step toward developing a messaging service that would presumably allow users to send photos to each other through the site.