I’m fairly technologically savvy, but when it comes to some things, I’m completely in the dark. Before I got my iPhone, all I knew about Instagram was:
- They were recently purchased by Facebook in a strange deal where Mark Zuckerberg was planning his secret wedding and pulling the wool over his stakeholders’ eyes at the same time.
- You take photos, add filters, and share.
- It seemed to be dominated by pictures of cats and food.
I think that’s a pretty good summation. Instagram was one of the first apps I downloaded when I got my new phone, and I was anxious to see what all the fuss was about.
I didn’t realize it until recently, but seriously? Instragram is like, hardcore. No sooner did I start taking pictures that I noticed that people were making collages in a single photo. Or using other filters that weren’t part of the standard app. When I asked them how they did those things, the response was “oh, it’s the so-and-so app”.
Wait. I have to download another app to optimize my Instagram experience? No way Jose, I don’t have enough room on my phone for that, I’d rather have an extra song or two than a second, third or fourth Instagram app.
And then I found myself wondering how people could look at your feed without having the app, or by viewing it on their phone. What if I was on my laptop and wanted to view a friend’s photos? I stumbled across a link on blog I follow, where she encouraged her readers to follow her on a third-party website. Oh, there are other websites for that too? Apparently.
So I found myself registering for Statigram, because that one seems nice. You can follow me here (or click the little button on my homepage). And on that website a whole other world opened up to me: those people that hashtag up the wazoo, that’s for a real reason? They don’t just like using the pound sign? No way.
I realize that perhaps I sound incredibly stupid, naive or out of touch by being so fascinated by all of this, but seriously. This is blowing my mind.
I guess I should post one of my own photos, since I’ve spent this entire post amazed by the damn website. In a way, I’m sort of glad I figured this out, I was trying to determine the best way to compile those photos in one post without uploading them all one-by-one from my phone to my blog. Now it seems easy peasy.
This is my reading corner. Yeah, I said I would wait and find the perfect chair, but I got impatient. After a flurry of a weekend buying the last few things, it’s complete (which means my room is done too). And I’m so excited about it.