Instagram: The Newest Social Media Hit
The latest tool in the ever expanding social media portfolio is the newest craze in social media, Instagram. Launched back in 2010 by co-founders Mike Krieger and Kevin Seystrom, Instagram uses the innovations of social media pioneer Facebook to share unique photographs instantly. Combining the sharing features of Twitter with the user group interface of Facebook, Instagram users are paving the way for the newest social media hit since Twitter.
Bought by Facebook in 2012, Instagram provides a space for people to share unique photos with each other, filtered and sorted by type and now able to be highlighted with hashtags, like Twitter. Hashtags help to draw attention to your photos, in the case of Instagram, or your posts, as is the case with Twitter. Other users can then share your photos by adding your hashtag to their posts.
Not only did Instagram users respond with universal pushback, so did groups that advocate for people’s rights to privacy. It only took twenty-four hours for the people at Instagram to reverse that term change. They are also adding new features to make it more interactive. Previously, Instagram was only available as an app on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It is now available on Android phones. Recently, user profiles were added to Instagram so that users can share information about themselves in the same way that Facebook allows users to see their friends status updates and user profiles.
Facebook has revolutionized the usefulness of social media sites, now becoming a standard way to advertise, to build a website following and to push social issues. In the same way, Instagram has the potential to revolutionize the way that people print, take pictures and track traffic statistics. Some of the add-ons available through instagram allow users to print stickers, track followers and likes, and enhance photos from right their mobile devices.