by Nicolas Noya
1990's: "Honey. We have to make a photo album for Nic. He's going to want to see what he looked like as a baby!"
"Alright, I'll head to Michaels and grab a photo binder. How many pictures should the binder hold?"
"From the looks of it here.. I'd say a binder that can hold 800 photos."
2016: "Honey. Go on Instagram and tell me that is not the cutest photo of our baby!"
"Wow! What a mess he made! Is that watermelon all over his face?"
"Ya! I can't wait until he's older to see this. He may even #tbt Instagram it!"
"That'll be the day hun, that'll be the day."
Little Background on Instgram
Digital Characteristics of Instagram
Death of Distance
Media Richness Selection
"Install ourselves in perennial simultaneity and simultaneous ubiquity." Well, that is just about what Instagram does. Unless the user decides to delete his or her photo, any photo posted to a public Instagram page is there for good. It is there for the world to see and it will not leave.
Instagram now allows a cheap and efficient way to essentially create a photo album of the users life. Beyond that, it can be used to gain social popularity and even create opportunities to market a business. Keeping it mind, these images posted to Instagram create an opportunity to navigate through one's past and present.
Your past will always be available to the users you allow to view your page. The account stays until the user deletes it, or Instagram deems it inappropriate. Quite amazing how efficient keeping a photo album of your life can be.
Media richness is the ability to handle multiple cues simultaneously.
Not only is Instagram used as a way to show your who, what, where, and whens, but it is also a way to stay in communication with one another and to meet new people. The term "dm" (direct message) has become very famous and even something worth singing about (from celebrities) and that is because a direct message automatically opens up an opportunity to talk to another Instagram user. Other than photos, Instagram also allows users to post videos. Avid users are always looking for their next video to go viral.
"Likes." People are always looking to have a high amount of "likes." It is up to your followers on Instagram, or people who come across your page, to double tap your photo or video and give you a "like." You have the same power at the tip of your finger as well.
Comments. Anyone, unless your page is private, can comment on your photos and videos. No filters and no limit to the amount of comments.
Death of Distance
There is no need for closeness in order to stay in touch with an avid Instagramer's life. Photos and videos posted at a rapid rate in order for you to fill your eyes and minds with everything you're interested in. You can even communicate with users from anywhere you want. You're just a "dm" away. Everything about one's travel experiences, life events, and education can be followed on your phone or computer. No need to stay in touch when you have the resource in the palm of your hand.
Limitations to Instagram
Hacking. What a world this is when hacking can ruin a reputation. There have been too many accounts of one's Instagram account being hacked and then ruined by the source. Unwanted photos can lead to a terrible reputation bump.
Not everyone owns a phone, or one that is compatible with Instagram.
Instagram followers who don't know you personally will judge you by your photos, not by who you really are.
Social Effects of Instgram
The way we perceive ourselves:
We post photos that we like. If we get a lot of likes, your opinion is confirmed. If we don't get a lot likes, well our self-esteem is shot. Take a look at that link.
How our children will perceive us:
We are getting to the next generation of children that may never see a photo binder unless it's Instagram or Facebook. Think about your photos now, and think about what your children will one day see.
The way we perceive others:
On Instagram, there's really no other way to judge that to judge by what is posted.
How we determine what has worth:
We choose who and what we follow. Perhaps who you follow shows who you like or strive to know. And what we follow shows us what is important to us.
INSTAGRAM HAS CHANGED OUR PERCEPTION OF THINGS. THE EASY ACCESSIBILITY TO FOLLOWING A USER, MESSAGING A USER, AND SHARING YOUR OPINION, WHICH WILL LAST ON THE APPLICATION AS LOND AS YOU WANT, HAS CHANGED OUR PERCEPTION OF WHAT IS WORTH, AND NOT WORTH.
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Public - 5/7/16, 1:02 AM