After some indifference all this time, I’ve finally decided to sign up for Instagram, the popular photo sharing service.
In the past, I’ve had some doubts about the need for Instagram, between my lack of interest in most filters, the limited photo size options, and storing my photos on Google Photos. I also usually display photos as needed on Twitter or Facebook. While I have still have my Flickr account, I admit nowadays it’s fairly dormant.
That said, Instagram’s clearly become a dominant means of photo sharing, despite the existence of Facebook (which owns the service) or other photo services with more features. Since I write about technology for this blog, it also seemed odd to continue ignoring Instagram. Whether it’ll work out in the long run for me like Pinterest has (which I use regularly) or become more like Tumblr/Flickr (lying dormant) remains to be seen.
So far, Instagram seems easy to use. While I started to set up my account on my Chromebook, I soon switched to my phone. Instagram is clearly mainly meant to be used as an app, as that’s where most of the features lie. The ability to share posted photos on other social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, is useful and convenient. There’s also support for hashtags. And of course, the famous array of filters, though since filter features are now also on every other major photo service, Instagram seems to be putting more emphasis on Vine-like short videos. Since I very rarely take videos, I likely won’t make much use of that feature.
Here’s a link to my account. Below are my first few posts on Instagram. I’ll try to add new photos on at least a semi-regular basis.