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What is Instagram?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by BowdonUK, Jun 16, 2020.

  1. BowdonUK


    Joined: Jan 17, 2016

    Posts: 3,834

    I'm going to come across like an old guy with this question. But what exactly is Instagram?

    I thought it was a platform where people just posted pictures, mostly of themselves. But reading a BBC article it appears its projected to overtake Twitter as a news source.

    Instagram 'will overtake Twitter as a news source'

    So who has an Instagram account here? And what do you do with it?
  2. paradigm


    Joined: Aug 26, 2003

    Posts: 35,893

    Location: Staffordshire

    Overtaking Twitter as a news source doesn’t make it a good news source!

    That’s like saying Burger King is going to overtake McDonalds as a source of gourmet cuisine!
  3. montymint


    Joined: Jul 29, 2006

    Posts: 3,256

    Location: Newcastle, UK

    I have instagram but I only use it to follow artists I like, as it's a place they tend to share a lot of work
  4. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 13, 2006

    Posts: 68,910

    I've not really seen Instagram used as a news source - somewhat as an outlet for people's opinion on the news but that isn't generally what I've seen it used for or use it for myself.
  5. Firestar_3x


    Joined: Mar 11, 2005

    Posts: 30,275

    Location: Leafy Cheshire

    Social media should not be a main source of news.

    I take it they are regulated differently to the main stream media i.e. TV and papers, if so then regulation is going to cause social media a massive headach.
  6. explicit4u


    Joined: Nov 29, 2008

    Posts: 10,061

    Location: London

    ^You'd be surprised how many news stories start breaking on twitter before any news agency picks them up. There's a reason you see so many quoted tweets in articles these days.

    I have an instagram but purely for following others, I haven't posted on it for years. It's no different to any other platform like facebook/youtube/twitter, people post content about stuff that interests them, be it news, travelling, fashion, themselves or tech. Instagram just happens to be the 'cool' one at the moment, like twitter/snapchat/facebook were, although ticktok might overtake it soon.
  7. chorse


    Joined: Jun 10, 2020

    Posts: 59

    Location: Scotland

    Search is underrated. I use it as a weather/busyness app. Search for where you want to go, and have a nose.

    Also handy for ideas and inspiration of all kinds.
  8. stockhausen


    Joined: Jul 30, 2006

    Posts: 11,110

  9. Maccapacca


    Joined: Apr 13, 2010

    Posts: 16,847

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    Gardening, it’s about looking at pictures of hoes all day
  10. mrbell1984


    Joined: Aug 9, 2008

    Posts: 25,082

    I don't see how Instagram can be a news source.
  11. Josh


    Joined: Oct 23, 2013

    Posts: 10,000

    Location: Surrey

    Yeah same, I follow a lot of European graffiti artists and they only post stuff on the 'gram.

    My kids say "the 'gram" I do it generally only to embarrass them.
  12. Pawnless Endgame


    Joined: May 10, 2004

    Posts: 10,964

    Location: Sunny Stafford

    I have wondered about this too. When you take photos or draw art and post them on the internet:

    - In what situations/examples do you upload to Instagram?
    - In what situations/examples do you upload to deviantART?
    - In what situations/examples do you upload to Flickr?
    - In what situations/examples do you upload to Wordpress?
    - In what situations/examples do you upload to Pinterest?
    - In what situations/examples do you upload to Imgur?

    Ok I know Wordpress is geared towards blogs and Imgur is for hot-linking, but in what examples would you use the other 4? Facebook and Twitter as well. Pinterest kinda annoys me because I see pictures on there that have been pinched from other sites, and the uploader is often shy to cite the original source and I want to know where it comes from so that I can see more pictures. The reason why it annoys me is because I have paid for commissions on dA and a couple of them have wound up on Pinterest, again with no link-back to the dA artist.

    There is absolutely NO way that I would regard Facebook and Instragram as news providers though!
  13. Dem2k


    Joined: May 15, 2004

    Posts: 214

    A fine collection of hoes that are deserving of all the validation and popularity they crave :)

    Naw Instagram is cancer. :)
  14. Edrof


    Joined: Nov 16, 2009

    Posts: 16,022

    Location: UK

    I share my historical weapons collection on there, learn more about amateur photography in the process and connect with fellow history geeks. I also sell a little bit as followers sometimes ask for items. There are nice little communities for all sorts of hobbies and interests on Instagram - and no celebrities or selfies unless you choose to see them by following the more vacuous accounts.
  15. Russinating


    Joined: Dec 27, 2005

    Posts: 15,899

    Location: Bristol

    As with all social platforms, what it is depends on who you follow and how you use it.

    If you largely follow friends and those friends are active users then it can absolutely be a news source. And by news, they don't mean an article with quotes from experts, they mean breaking stories. I read the news but I'm way more likely to stumble across something on Instagram than BBC News because I visit the latter maybe twice a day, whereas I frequent Instagram probably half a dozen times for odd 2 minute stints, usually whilst taking a dump. I imagine the average user spends a lot more time on the platform than me, though.

    I found out about the flooding in Bristol back in March on Instagram whilst away on holiday, for example, because a local account posted/shared footage of it. Same with the Colston Statue being toppled. Some guy in the US effectively live streamed a mall shooting (that he carried out) and that was therefore the primary news source, even for "traditional" news outlets.
  16. mrbell1984


    Joined: Aug 9, 2008

    Posts: 25,082

    Well in that case then all online platforms can be a news source.
  17. Gerard


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 32,496

    Location: Ireland

    Its teaming with those, "instagram models" which usually equates to girls with layers of makeup trowled on with 35 filter effects on each pic making them look like a barbie doll
  18. Russinating


    Joined: Dec 27, 2005

    Posts: 15,899

    Location: Bristol

    Yeah... :confused:

    The article is about Instagram overtaking Twitter, not becoming a news source.
  19. mrbell1984


    Joined: Aug 9, 2008

    Posts: 25,082


    It says "Instagram 'will overtake Twitter as a news source'" so it is a news source if it overtakes twitter.
  20. arknor


    Joined: Nov 22, 2005

    Posts: 37,198

    Location: Newcastle/Zurich

    yea good during wars for breaking news, but it's also easily manipulated and full of fake crap