Only 5, you ask. Indeed!
(1) I enjoy the spontaneity of writing a fresh post daily or thereabouts, as it gives me a focus for photos I’ve taken, and a really good reason to take more. I often grab my phone and snap several photos of scenes, flowers, cloud-scapes, a lovely book or an event. These usually make up my posts along with the occasional trip down memory lane with vintage photos and family memorabilia. I also like to find or create a good quote to share.
(2) I select my audience each time I post, through the use of hashtags. This is a bonus, as my audience is not static. My posts frequently reach new people and I enjoy taking a peek at their posts. I might end up following them.
(3) The majority of posts I see are from people I follow, not random posts of things I don’t wish to know about (like horrid spiders, unless of course someone I’m following decides that’s Insta-worthy!) Comparing Instagram to its sister platform, I don’t have to put with all the advertising I encounter in Facebook – of places I don’t wish to travel to, or of things I’ll never buy.
(4) I can and do choose to see posts about things I am interested in by selecting a hashtag, checking its content and following it: for example, posts about #cottagegardens and #westernaustralia yield some stunning images.
(5)Instagram is different to Facebook – or at least I currently treat Instagram differently. Sometimes I cross post. (Oh no, you say!) Most times I don’t. (Did hear a yay?) It often depends on whether I remember to slide the sharing button off or not! When I do happen to cross post, I usually change my Facebook post a little to reflect the different audience. Sometimes, I’m overzealous and double post my content. My faithful social media friends don’t seem to mind! I have beautiful people following me on each platform, and I seek to honour each group. Of course, there’s a crossover of followers.
I see that some people I follow have the same post across the various social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). I think this is a personal preference, and very likely a time-management issue for many. I may find that my path in the future, but for now I’m content to create different posts or variations.
To wrap up, I like Instagram because it inspires me. The clean community feel it brings to social media is refreshing. Beautiful images with positive comments. I hope it stays that way
Why do you like or dislike Instagram? If you are an ‘Instagrammer’, am I following you? Please let me know in the comments section below. (By the way, if you’re on your mobile phone, that means lots of scrolling down! Cheers!)