7 Reasons Why I Love Instagram

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Have you discovered Instagram yet?  I can guarantee that you have….even if you do not realise it. You may be sitting here thinking “Insta-who?”, but I just know that you would have looked at a photo somewhere, sometime, that has been “Instagrammed”, and thought “What a cool shot”. Instagram Photos are everywhere. They hang out on your phone or in an email, on Facebook, or Twitter.  They are fun.  And they make the ordinary look awesome.

So, here are my 7 Reasons Why I love Instagram (and why I reckon you should check it out). Instagram is free to download…but the fun you get out of it is priceless!  PS Warning:  Once you go Instagram, you will never go back!

7 Reasons Why I Love Instagram

1. Instagram is Visual – There is nothing better than a picture to tell a story.  Period. Instagram introduces itself as:   “a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your iPhone, choose a filter to transform the look and feel, send to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr – it’s all as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing, reinvented”.

2. Instagram is Micro – Microblogging is becoming huge in popularity.  Programs like Instagram or Pinterest are becoming as important to some Bloggers as Facebook and Twitter, allowing quick, visual sharing of information in words (albeit only briefly) and pictures.  The beauty of Instagram is that it is almost like a mini blog post in itself (with an awesome visual component), leading to engagement, which leads me to Reason 3….

3. Instagram is Social – Not only can you showcase your awesome photos, but Instagram is its own social media platform in that you can like or “heart” a photo as well as comment.  You can follow others and they can follow you, by adding Friends.

4.   Instagram is Fun – Taking a photo, adding a filter, making it look fabulous and then sharing it is fun, there is no doubt about it.  And this month a whole other element has been added to the fun….I was encouraged to participate in the Photo-A-Day Challenge (thanks Fat Mum Slim!) throughout January by two friends, and so far it has been awesome.  Daily we take photos using the listed topic (For example:  You, Breakfast, Something You Adore, Your Sky, Childhood, Water, In Your Bag etc) and then share them on Instagram and other Social Media sites.  What fun!    Already it has boosted my traffic and engagement with other bloggers and instagram users….and given me quite a few laughs and smiles!

5.  Instagram is Forgiving. Let’s face it.  Any photo platform that provides filters that do what Instagram does, is Forgiving. Adding the right filter can be VERY flattering….who needs to lie about their age when the filter does the trickery for you, in the nicest possible way!

6.  Instagram is Friendly. By friendly, I mean that Instagram gets along just fine with Twitter and Facebook, thank you very much!  Instagram just posted about their friendship with Facebook.  Did you know that now, when you now share photos with Facebook, the photos will automatically be added to an “Instagram Photos” Facebook album visible to your Facebook friends! It will also feature the photo in a larger size in your Timeline.  Check it out!

7.  Instagram is Free. ’nuff said.

So, there you have it.  7 Reasons Why I Love Instagram.  Why do you love Instagram?  C’mon, I know you do!

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Donna Moritz

Visual Social Media Strategist at Socially Sorted
Donna is the founder of Socially Sorted, winner of Best Business Blog in Australia 2014 and a Top 10 Social Media Blog for Social Media Examiner, 2015-2017. She helps brands leverage the power of visual storytelling and content strategy in their business. Her content has been featured in publications such as Forbes and Entrepreneur Online and she is a contributor to Social Media Examiner. Donna speaks about digital and visual content for the marketing and tourism industries internationally.
  • Peggy

    I hadn’t heard of Instagram before. Is it strictly for the iPhone platform?

  • Love this post you wonderful woman, cos I love Instagram too! I love it for all the reasons you mentioned above and it’s a great way to connect and make new friends and so easy to use.

    Plus – you feel like you’re being quite creative which I love too!!
    Great little iphone app.

    • Thanks for your lovely words! I have loved seeing your photos during A photo a day. It’s so much fun. Trying to decide whether to post a photo of me as a kid, or one of the kids doing paper mache yesterday….maybe I will have to post both for Day 10: Childhood! Instagram makes everyone look like a professional photographer!

  • Instagram is awesome! So simple and so addictive. What I really find amazing at times is how some people can take such great looking picture with just their iPhone and some filters/editing apps.

    I totally agree about how friendly and social it is. What is also does is it allows you to have a peek at the places people live or are visiting and for you to share things with them.

    I’m looking forward to them releasing an Android app so that more of my friends who are not iPhone users can join in the fun.

    • Hey Chet – glad you love it too, and I totally agree, why should the iphone users have all the fun! I know a lot of apps that are a lot smaller in reach that have managed to develop for both platforms, so here is hoping that instagram for android gets up soon…so we have more awesome photos to look at!

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  • Shizuppy

    I can spot crappy Instagram filters from a mile away. Here’s a hint: if you need cookie-cutter filters to make your photos look decent, you’re doing photography wrong.

    • Totally, and impressive you found this post – it’s super old – 4 years old in fact!

  • K.S.H

    I love instagram! I am new on instagram tho…