I’ve been having fun with Instagram lately. Instagram is a social photo-sharing app for your android or iPhone. You simply download the free app and then take and share pictures with other users. Some people use it to promote the creativity of their business and others use it to track their day and keep in touch. I think of it like Twitter with pictures or Facebook without the social commentary. You can add a few words or caption your pictures if you wish. I find it fun and I enjoy following several people who take beautiful photos during their day.
This is a view of my profile page
The idea is to take the picture with the Instagram app but you can also transfer photos from your photo library already on your phone. The point is to be spontaneous and keep your photos current rather than digging through your old pictures. There are different filters that allow you to adjust or highlight the picture and every photo is cropped to a tidy little square. You can add hash tags (#) which add the ability to sort and search for other pictures. For instance, if you like to take pictures of flowers, you can add #flowers to your caption. This allows other Instagram users to search #flowers and find your photo. If you take photos on your travels, include your location and add a hash tag like #LA or #Paris and you’ll share your photos with users searching those locations.
To get started, you download the app, provide a brief profile and then begin taking photographs. To follow others you simply search user names (including your favorite celebrities or bloggers) or you can search by hash tags to find areas of interest. Instagram offers a few etiquette guidelines. If you’re interested, click here and here The basics are:
- Keep the posts to about one a day
- Don’t overdo the hash tag use
- Take interesting photos
- Have fun
Give it a try. If you’d like to follow me, type Janet Brown Studios into the Instagram search queue. You’ll find a link to Instagram over in the column on the right. If you haven’t yet joined me on Facebook, you can click on that link too.
See you there!