I’ve been on a bit of in Instagram kick recently and it’s really become my favourite social network. Funnily enough I shunned it for many years to begin with, simply for the reason that I already had too many other channels to worry about with Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc etc. There’s no such thing as a “best” social network for photographers because it all depends what your end purpose is, but for me at least, Instagram is where I spend time enjoying other people’s images. All the other channels just seem like ‘work’ to me. A necessity of running a business that lives partially online. I heard a comment recently, and I forget exactly who said it unfortunately, but it went something like this……
“You only see positive things on Instagram, all other social networks are full of negativity.”
When you think about it, that’s absolutely true. Log into Facebook these days and amongst the cat videos and baby photos, your newsfeed is bound to be full of negative news articles about some government or other doing something someone doesn’t like. I’m not saying there isn’t a place for that, and the commentary that goes with it, but it’s not what I’m looking for in a social network anymore. On Instagram though, it’s simply thousands and thousands of beautiful images. They don’t even have to be great images all the time, but people very rarely post a photo of anything that’s in any way negative. Even if it’s a bad photo by someone’s standards, there’s usually good reason why the photo was taken. It made that person happy enough that they wanted to share that moment with the world.
I like that.
Food for thought.