Instagram-ing Your Life
Photography makes for a fascinating area of study, especially since the advent of the digital revolution, which has transformed the medium from a specialized, exclusive activity into a form of expression readily available for all. Smartphones have added to this oncoming rush of images by allowing us to snap a picture anytime, anywhere, and to share that image with thousands of people instantaneously. Now, more than ever, sharing images from one’s daily life has become even more convenient and meaningful than words. And that is the idea behind Instagram, the iPhone app that was a run-away hit from day one. Within a month of its launch, Instagram had already attracted over 1 million users, who took and uploaded more than 300,000 pictures per day. That number is growing exponentially as more and more users have discovered the charm and addictive qualities of Instagram.
Instagram’s phenomenal rise on the charts is due, in large part, to its seamless integration with social networking sites that include Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, Posterous, and Foursquare. This means the app will post whatever photos you take directly onto any or all of these sites, saving you the trouble of opening them up one by one to make an upload. By eliminating this irksome step in uploading, Instagram made itself readily accessible to users who already have a huge social media presence and aids them in a one-step, cross platform sharing process. It’s a wonder that other apps did not think of doing this earlier, since the option to share across all social channels with one click seems to be the most logical next step in the merging of mobile apps with social media.
Apart from its clever sharing capabilities, Instagram is also attractive in its simplicity. It’s easy to navigate from the get-go, and markets itself as a “photo diary”. There’s also an option for a wide variety of filters that lend a level of sophistication to otherwise bland photos. With names like Nashville, Gotham, 1977, and Lord Kelvin, these filters were probably designed with retro hipsters in mind, but have struck a cord with the millions of users who are addicted to making their everyday lives look more beautiful and fascinating than reality would otherwise admit. Additionally, there is an option to tag a photo at the specific location in which it was taken, making Instagram a location based service as well as a photo-sharing app. This combination makes it all the more attractive and it’s also why we think it’s one of the best apps to look out for this year.
So, if you haven’t already, we suggest you download Instagram and try it out for yourself!