Now on Instagram!!

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

6a010535893544970c017d3ef41caa970c-800wiI’m working on expanding my knowledge of social networking and all the different websites and apps that go with that. Today I learned about Instagram.  I know what you’re thinking Beautiful Thinkers and yes, if I don’t start learning that kind of stuff faster I’ll be a dinosaur in no time.  The first thing I found out is that you can’t create an Instagram profile on their website.  You have to download the app from the App Store for any iOS device (iPhone, iPod, iPad) or in Google Play for an Android Device.  After you’ve downloaded the app, you can sign up for an account.  Once you have an account you have the option of signing in from the website as well.
photo-1For any of you, who like me, haven’t used Instagram before today there are five little boxes at the bottom of your screen once you’re logged in.  The furthest to the left is your “Home Tab” where you can see a feed of posts made by you and your friends.  You can like and comment on the photos here.  Moving to the right, next is the “Explore Tag” which seems pretty self-explanatory: use it to explore Instagram for things or people that interest you.  In the center you’ll find the “Camera Tab,” again the name explains it, there are a lot of fun settings to fiddle with so have at it and take some cool pics.  Second from the right is the “News Feed Tab” where you get all the love and admiration from your friends and followers.  You’ll also see the other photos your friends like and comment on here.  Last is your “Profile Tab” and you know how these work, it’s all about you.

Once you’ve gotten a handle on all of that you can start following others.  If you loaded your Facebook friends and contacts, the Explore Tab is great for finding new people.  Another thing to think about before you become an Instagram fiend is your photo save settings.  If you don’t want your phone’s camera roll to fill up with photos from Instagram, go to your profile gear button and switch the “Save to Library” feature to off.

photo-2While you’re playing around in the options area you can set the app up to be linked to your other social networks.  The “Share Settings” tab will allow you to link to Facebook, Twitter, your email, Tumblr, Flickr, and Foursquare.  So if you already have any of these social networks you can easily update everything at one time.

Despite having only launched two years ago, it seems that the app is already being put to use for business purposes.  Companies like ABC World News and Threadless are using it as a creative and free way to market their businesses.  It seems like they’ve got a little bit of everything from nonprofits to fashion brands finding ways to take advantage of this social media tool.  So there you have it Beautiful Thinkers: Instagram isn’t just for killng time.  You can also follow me on there by searching TBITHS.

photoKeep Learning Beautiful Thinkers,

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  1. Anni3

     /  February 24, 2013

    I have one too…but haven’t done much with mine. I should get back on that, thanks for the tips!


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