All hail the Instagram
It’s no secret that I love Instagram, and if you follow my personal account, you know my life is filled with domestic animals, foods, fabrics, travel, and shopping. You also know that since I finally caved and gave in to the almighty Instagram, that I use the photo sharing community every day and it feels a lot like Twitter in 2009 in that it is more private, smaller, and more intimate, but the network is experiencing rapid growth, even though it has been around for nearly three years, timed perfectly with the rise of the visual web.
We opined a while back that teens are leaving Facebook for Instagram for two primary reasons: laziness (preference of pictures over reading actual words), and privacy (their parents are now on Facebook, not Instagram). Because of this, much of the culture of Instagram is shifting toward teen behavior, and today we must insist that teen behavior be left to the kids.
What Instagram users must stop doing immediately
What is most appealing to Instagram is that each image is expected to be a photo taken by that specific person at the location and timestamp on the actual upload. What we must insist Instagram users stop doing is cheating. What do we mean by that?
First, we beg Instagram users as a whole to stop changing their location, even though Instagram lets you fudge the GPS and say you’re in Paris or at a club downtown.
Second, we beg Instagram users to stop finding pictures on the internet and sharing them – the joy of the community is that we’re all sharing pictures in real time of what we’re seeing and experiencing, and showing the unique nature of each of our lives.
Third, we beg Instagram users to stop acting like teens and posting funny quotes and internet memes on Instagram. Show us your neighborhood, your office, what you’re doing this afternoon, or anything that gives us insight into your life, rather than pandering for likes and follows by posting memes and unoriginal works – keep it original. It sounds cliche, but we must insist.
If these three things cease immediately, Instagram will be a better place for it, and maybe we will all be able to eek an extra year or two of utility out of the photo sharing community before it turns into MySpace circa 2010.