SHE SAID WHAT?!
Posted By Crystal
Beautiful #sunset, yummy #lunch, new #shoes, your #pet #cat and the infamous #selfie. These are some of the hash tags along with a picture you’ll find on Instagram, everything from the exciting to the mundane. I didn’t think I would like it at first, but it’s really grown on me. Yes, the pictures are filtered, kinda egotistical, and lame, but it’s a quick fix for me.
They should call it “Insta-gratification,” because that’s what I feel when I post my own pictures or see others. I have no qualms about reading or writing “regular posts” on blogs, Facebook, or Twitter. For the most part, I enjoy reading friends’ and family’s posts about their everyday lives. I just tend to not have enough time to do it during the day. So when I have like 10 seconds to spare, I just jump on Instagram and check out people’s visual diaries. It’s a quick fix and back to work—filters, hash tags, and all. Here is an example of what I would post in one day:
#selfie face shot
#shoes I’m wearing
#sweater I love
#food and #snacks I’m eating, and last but not least
my #Cat #Mr. #Beautiful
So yeah, maybe I’m guilty of being a narcissist. But on the flip side, it has helped me somewhat connect with people quickly and visually. Instagram may be all hype, but I like it. It gives me a different type of outlet to express my daily life with my friends, family, and anyone on the Internet. #iloveInstagram
SHE SAID WHAT?!
Posted By Wendy
With every new social media platform, there is always the same outcry from the general public: what’s the point? When MySpace and Facebook came on the scene, people scrunched up their noses, but soon half the world was updating their statuses and posting pictures to share with their families and friends. Then, when Twitter launched in 2007, people wondered why they should use it when they already had Facebook? Isn’t it the same thing? Fast-forward to 2012 and most social media users have realized that Twitter is a powerful professional tool, not to mention a great way to stalk your favorite celebrities.
So in 2010 when Instagram made its debut, it was met with similar hesitation but soon fully embraced. So what’s my problem with it? It’s not that I don’t see the point. I do. It’s a fun and simple way to take and edit photos without any particular talent for taking and editing photos. My problem with Instagram is I’m already doing too much social media shit to bother with more shit, especially when it’s pictures of food, flowers, or old signs made “artistic” with basic filters.
Sums it up for me in a nutshell. But to expand, the other obnoxious byproduct of Instagram (besides the narcissistic selfies and the pretentious pets) is the crazy hash tagging. Got one or two hash tags for your photo or tweet? No problem. Got a paragraph of hash tags? Consider yourself unfollowed.
I might enjoy an Instagram photo or two if you post them to Facebook or Twitter. But don’t expect me to actively follow you on Instagram. I’m likely already following you on Twitter and friending you on Facebook and repinning your Pinterest boards and commenting on your blog and writing my own blog and posting videos on YouTube and upvoting articles on Reddit and stumbling posts on Stumbleupon. If I dedicated any more time to nurturing and engaging my audiences in the various social media platforms, then I would probably miss out on a lot of real life. (Or productivity at work.) My social media dance card is full. And if something’s gotta give, for me, it’s going to be Instagram.