#nowplaying Sonic Youth’s awesome cover of The Carpenters’ “Superstar”
Greetings Blog-land! I’m going to take a moment – ahem, a whole post – to declare my l-u-v for Instagram. Defined on their website as “photo sharing, reinvented,” Instagram is an app for iPhone that lets users alter images through several different filters. The various filters have many options such as adding a frame &/or making a color image black & white. Post-filtering to heart’s content, one can instantly upload his/her masterpiece and share to Facebook, Twitter &/or email to specific recipients. Wiz, bang, you’s a fancy photog now!
**except that you’re not, so don’t go acting all Ansel Adams-y about your “skills”**
What I like most about the ‘gram:
- Another fun social network: there is following, liking, commenting and tagging involved. All of these things we have been conditioned to know & understand are easily translated to the world of Instagram, except that it is all photos. No status updates or live-tweeting in sight!
- Finding people to follow is easy. Not only can you upload contacts who have Instagram from your Facebook friend list & Twitter followers [not mandatory to synch, but helpful to find actual people you know.. in “real life”..], but the Home screen is a news feed-type display of activity, showing who is following & commenting on who/what. Plus, tagging your photos – just like on the Twit using “#” – helps people identify photos most appealing to them. Most likely, the people you follow share your aesthetic interests and since you can see the photos of the people they follow, it’s just a big follow-fest of visual delights!! Speaking of…
- Visual delights. I mean, duh. At the very basic level, Instagram IS a way to share images, after all. But unlike Pinterest the pictures are more personal and less aspirational. Once I finally starting using it regularly, I’ve been encouraged to document more and more. The filters are fun to experiment with and I get a kick out of finding new people to follow who share my tastes. It is a delightful peek into the life of someone else.
- The “Popular” page is a sad & humorous representation of society. Shots of suspiciously underage- looking cleavage, sandy beaches, half-eaten frosted cupcakes, Kim Kardashian kissy facing in the car: yep, this is what garners the most “likes” on the ‘gram. And yet, I look every time. No shame. Embrace the predictability and let it lead you….
- Emoji can be used in comments. Those in the know know how much this excites me. And alternately annoys me about the users who go overboard with emoticons. I’d like to think they are all tweens, but statistically speaking, that’s just not possible.