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You'll be seeing a lot of these new looping motion photos on Facebook

You'll be seeing a lot of these new looping motion photos on Facebook

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.

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Source: TechCrunch
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