Monday, October 15, 2012

A few thoughts on Instagram

So much social media, so little time. I feel like this, a lot. I've spent the past week up to my ears in research for my next WIP, which is set during the Civil War. Also, there's magic. I've been trying to tie these together and create a world that makes sense in my head, so maybe it will make sense on paper.

If you're like me, when you're not researching, you're writing. When you're not researching or writing, you're spending time with family. All else is time at the office or hours spent in a vegetative state on the couch watching The Vampire Diaries on Netflix. For everything else, if it's not fun, I'm not interested.

This is why I love Instagram. And as I posted a few weeks ago, young adults prefer it to Pinterest.

Taken with Instagram. :)

What it is: A photo-sharing social media platform for mobile phone users.

A few stats (from May also, great infographic here)
  • Acquired by Facebook for $1 BILLION dollars
  • More than 50 million users after two years
  • Each day on Facebook, 300 million Instagram photos are uploaded
  • The platform gains one user every second
  • One billion photos have been taken with the app
  • Most followed celebrities:
    • Kim Kardashian
    • Justin Beiber
    • Kendall Jenner
    • Taylor Swift

The beauty of Instagram is that it gives you the chance to create some stunning photos that share fascinating stories. And that's what we're all about right?

Plus, with the fear of using copyrighted images, we all need more photos for our blogs. You could even build a whole blog post using Instagram photos. Katy Upperman knows what I'm talking about.

So how do you do it? Here's a fun guide :)

Are you on Instagram? What do you like best? How do you use it?


  1. I have not done the first thing with Instagram, mostly because I am terrible about carrying my cell phone and/or having it charged. Makes it tricky to take pictures :)

  2. Lucky me, I'm stuck with a Blackberry for the foreseeable future. O_o Instagram is not available for Blackberry, which kind of stinks. My next phone will either be an iPhone or something that uses Android, and Instagram is a big part of the reason.

    1. Blackberry has apps. They just need to get with it and add Instagram!

  3. I do love me some Instagram (as you may have noticed!), and it really has been great for collecting original images for my blog. That copyright thing freaks me out, so to choose from my Instagram pictures makes me feel a whole lot more comfortable. Also, the hashtag aspect of Instagram has been great for connecting with like-minded people. I've found some new YA friends by using #YALit hashtag every time I post a reading/writing related photo.

    Great post, LiZ!

    1. I haven't used the hashtags much, but maybe I'll get more into that. I do love making YA friends :)

  4. I'm not on Instagram. I have a Pintrest account but never use it. And this is only because of time and my serious issues with media addiction. I know that once I get on there, it will be hard to pull myself away! But yes, my students love it. And it is a great way to tell stories. :)

    Great post!

    1. Instagram is definitely less addictive than Pinterest as long as you stick to just your newsfeed and be picky about who you follow. Thanks!