Instagram is a social media app that allows users to share photos and videos from their lives, add captions, edit filters, tweak settings, engage with others, explore and creep, and so, so much more — you just have to know what you’re doing so you don’t get overwhelmed!
On Instagram, users usually tag their content with with relevant hashtags — #slime or #makeup, for instance. When they post their photo or video, other users can then find it by doing a search for those hashtags. In the past, if a user wanted to see more content related to their interests, they had to follow a myriad of separate accounts. With this update, they’ll be able to follow hashtags themselves, allowing them to constantly find new content related specifically to the things they like.
Instagram lets registered users upload photos or videos to the service. Users can apply various digital filters to their images, and add locations through geotags. They can add hashtags to their posts, linking the photos up to other content on Instagram featuring the same subject or overall topic. Users can connect their Instagram account to other social media profiles, enabling them to share photos to those profiles as well. Originally, a distinctive feature of Instagram was its confining of photos to a square; this was changed in August 2015, when an update started allowing users to upload media at full size. In June 2012, an “Explore” tab was introduced, showing users a variety of media, including popular photos and photos taken at nearby locations, trending tags and places, channels for recommended videos, and curated content. Support for videos was originally launched in June 2013, and had a 15-second maximum duration and limited quality, with Instagram later adding support for widescreen and longer videos. Private messaging, called Instagram Direct, was launched with basic photo-sharing functionality in December 2013, and has gradually received major updates incorporating more features, most notably text support and “disappearing” photos. In August 2016, Instagram introduced a “Stories” feature, letting users add photos to a 24-hour temporary story, with subsequent updates adding virtual stickers and augmented reality objects.
Although Instagram has only been around for a little over three months, you’ve most likely heard of it, if not used it. For those of you in the former category, I’ve got an overview for you of what it is and why I think it’s so wildly popular. Instagram is a photo-sharing app for iPhone. Sorry Blackberry & Android users, it’s not available for you yet. One of the reasons Instagram is based on the iPhone is because of its amazing camera. So people are already taking lots of great pictures with their phones, why not try to make them more interesting?
Here’s a bit about the brief but amazingly quick ascendancy of Instagram
- Launched on October 6, 2010
- #1 in the App Store within 24 hours of launch
- iPhone App of the Week
- Holds the record as quickest to reach 1 million downloads, occurring on December 21, 2010
- Launched 7 new languages
- An Instagram photo made the cover of the Wall Street Journal
- Surpassed 25 million users in early March, 2012