You might know Instagram as the photo app the young adults in your life can't get enough of. Instagram makes it easy to take photos, apply fun filters, throw on a caption and share it with friends either through Instagram or other social media like Facebook (which bought Instagram in 2012 for $1 billion).
Instagram isn't just content with basic photos and filters, and so it occasionally releases other standalone apps that do other things. Hyperlapse, for example, lets you create simple time-lapse videos and Layout makes it simple to make photo collages. Now, Instagram is trying something new with Boomerang.
Boomerang (Android, Apple; Free) lets you capture five photos in one second. It then turns those photos into a video that plays forward and then backward in a one-second loop. Hence the name Boomerang.
You can share this looping video on Instagram, Facebook or another site. The video is stored in Boomerang as well as a four-second clip that includes five loops, in case you want to just show your friends in person.
It's a simple idea, and it remains to be seen if it turns into a viral hit or a dud. If you watch the video below, you'll see that it can make videos you'd want to watch for a bit and some that get annoying very quickly.
Take a look and tell us what you think of it in the comments.