For the social media job I have this summer, I've had to learn Instagram in a hurry. I've never really been much for Instagram because I don't have a smart phone and only recently bought a tablet. Without either of those, Instagram isn't really an option. Yes, you can upload pictures, but most of the features like sharing Instagrams, searching hashtags, and easily adding decorations, happens most easily (or is only available) through the mobile app.
So far, I have both a love and hate of Instagram--well, more an intrigued but uncertain type of relationship. I'm not yet ready to rave and not yet ready to give up. Instead, I'll share my observations and welcome feedback from those of my readers who are more Instagram savvy.
What I learned so far . . . .
- IFTTT works really well with Instagram. I've set up a recipe so that when I post to Instagram, it automatically saves the picture to Dropbox (which is super handy when I need the picture at later times) and to post to Twitter. This means that the Instagram hashtag (that allows me to engage in keyword searching in Instagram) becomes an active Twitter hashtag once it shares on Twitter.
- I wish I had made my Instagram handle the same as my Twitter handle. I got this suggestion from someone later and it makes so much sense now. That way, if someone adds your Instagram handle and that is Tweeted, it can then also reference your Twitter account.
- The best Instagram app I've found is Pic Stitch. This insight was shared with me by one of the girls on my staff who is becoming my go to for help with Instagram. You can make collages and add more effects.
What I like most . . .
I like how candid Instagram allows you to be with your pictures. I mean, so much of Pinterest and the world of food blogging has such a formal, orchestrated and arranged look. The focus is more on professionalism. I like that Instagram allows you to be impromptu and casual, and that is somewhat freeing. There are very artsy pictures on Instagram, but the core seems to be turning everyday into art.
What I like least . . .
This answer changes with every week I use the program. Not in a bad way, but in a the more I use it, the more I get the hang of it, the more I like it. But, when I first started using it, I couldn't figure out things like sharing pics.
Here are the only two main concrete cons I have. One, is that before you post the picture, you can share to Twitter, Facebook, and a couple other places. However, if you share to Facebook, you can't post to a Page, but only to your personal page. So, I can post to my Facebook Page, but not my blog's Facebook page. Two, I wish I could do more things from my a desktop browser. In my case, I've got several different people Instagramming under one account. So, when they post and I want to do something with the picture, I can't do it from the computer I'm working on; I have to move to my tablet or phone, and that is just a pain. Not a big deal pain, but an annoyance.
So, I'm looking forward to learning more, but am finding myself a slightly slow learner. I'll let you know if I pick up any new insights as I go along and would gladly accept tips from those of you reading this post!