Sunday, January 24, 2016

Instagram. I love you. And I hate you.

If you haven't been paying attention I am working a lot on instagram. As I have all but ditched Facebook (it is another post that you can read here) I have decided to focus my social media energy on Instagram.

And I love it.

I love the simplicity of the interface. I love that I can slide through photos and the occasional video and nothing ever pisses me off. I have full control over the feed, and there is very little advertising. It helps me see what people are up to, which is what I really used (or tried to use) Facebook for. I can now see a quick snapshot of what is happening in the lives of a handful of friends in distant states or countries. There are definitely people missing, who I wish were on Instagram, or who would post as frequently as they do on Facebook - and since you can link the two there is no reason not to post as often.

I spent a week just after Christmas posting videos clips from the last Alaska trip, and it was a fun way to show people some imagery from that trip. I have a lot of video, that will eventually make it's way to the web.

I have been having fun with hashtags, and in particular have been using #outdoorinstructorlife. If you seek out that hashtag it is mostly my work - though if you are an instructor feel free to use it.

I am really loving how quick it is, in terms of deciding to post something, and something being posted, it takes about 30 seconds. While I don't generally ask for features to be added to my GoPro I would like to be able to post to instagram from it. I know I can post to Facebook, but I will have to check on Instagram. Just thought of that....

In General, I am absolutely loving my time on Instagram. I have set the goal of posting 1000 images or videos by the close of 2016.

But the flip side is, I absolutely hate parts of Instagram, and most of them would be easily fixable. They are all bugs or design flaws within the App itself. First, can we bump the length of videos from 15 seconds to 30 seconds? It is hard to say something in 15 seconds, everything feels rushed. 30 seconds would be just fine. But why is there a limit at all?

I would also like to be able to schedule posts. Why can't I schedule an image or a video to post to my account at a desired time. It would make the professional aspect of instagram much better. And really there could be a "Pro" version of Instagram, I would gladly pay for it. Maybe also give me the ability to post from my computer - I know instagram, you want to stay a mobile platform.

A key interaction with mobile devices is pinch to zoom. This ability isn't supported in the instagram app. This is the sort of backwards thinking that drives me crazy. There is also no support for changing the orientation of the screen.

Finally, that there isn't an iPad specific version of the app is completely ridiculous. I do most of my viewing, and a lot of my posting from an iPad mini. Using an app designed for an iPhone. It simply blows up the size of the app to make it fill the screen. Can you imagine if I had an iPad Pro? Which I almost did! It would be ridiculous to waste all that real estate.

Fix these things for me, and I will be eternally grateful. But now, I have to post something to Instagram. 

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