If you’re not familiar with the smartphone photo-sharing app Instagram, then chances are you either have zero interest in “what’s hot” or you’re living in a cave somewhere in Afghanistan. The app has made quite the splash in the smartphone world, even securing a mega-million-type deal with Facebook. A one billion dollar deal, in fact.
One of my favorite parts about Instagram, and one of the reasons it has been so successful so rapidly, is the community. There are thousands, rather MILLIONS, of people who are excited about photography. They want to share it, comment on it, look at it, like it, discover it, etc.
Yesterday I had the chance to meet up with some Instagrammers from the San Diego area, which in the IG community is known as an “Instameet.” We went to a broken down and abandoned fire fighter training facility and romped around with our DSLR cameras and iPhones at the hip.
As a new resident of Cali, fresh off a move from Pittsburgh, it was nice to finally meet some people who share one of my budding interests: photography. GOOD photography. Without Instagram, I would literally know no one out here. Now, I know 4 creative dudes who are always down for an adventure.
Social media has become a huge part of life today and Instagram fits perfectly into the social media mold of discovering new friendships and strengthening old ones. Where Instagram surpasses outlets like Twitter and Facebook is in its ability to be more personable and intimate. Twitter and Facebook are largely “word-based” applications, whereas Instagram is almost purely picture-based. And, like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, right?
So here’s to Instagram and building communities of like-minded people. If you have an interest in photography and building new friendships, I would highly suggest you hop onboard the IG-train. And hop on it soon, because it seems like there’s no slowing this ride down.