I am so not "getting" this Instagram thing / do you guys want to look at each others pictures?

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Will you guys plz post your usernames so I can look at these pretty photos you're taking?

her hipster hair dude is making me pale ale (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 18 January 2011 17:03 (eleven years ago) link

But like seriously, this shit is so contrived. You can make the incredibly mundane look "so profound, dude" with these stupid filters.

her hipster hair dude is making me pale ale (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 18 January 2011 17:04 (eleven years ago) link

add me 'bsdf'

minecraft on a milk sea (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 18 January 2011 17:08 (eleven years ago) link

How in the fuck. I was just going to start this thread.

trebaker. And is there any easy way to look at feeds through a browser on my computer and not on my mobile?

Pleasant Plains, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 20:18 (eleven years ago) link

http://instagram.heroku.com is the first web based client but it's not very user friendly

minecraft on a milk sea (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 18 January 2011 20:48 (eleven years ago) link

You have some interesting people following you.

Pleasant Plains, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 20:54 (eleven years ago) link

But cool. That client was helpful enough.

http://instagram.heroku.com/users/786729

Pleasant Plains, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 20:57 (eleven years ago) link

is there an app that makes your photos look like they were taken with a rolleicord iv yet?

colby, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 22:09 (eleven years ago) link

I wish there was an app that made your photos look like they were taken by someone who can't take photos

VegemiteGrrrl, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 22:10 (eleven years ago) link

I put that Instagram thing on my phone but then realised it was this whole 'social network' thing and quickly lost interest.

VegemiteGrrrl, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 22:11 (eleven years ago) link

You don't have to share or follow anyone.

Pleasant Plains, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 22:19 (eleven years ago) link

You don't? Neato.

Sharing and following is lame imo :)

VegemiteGrrrl, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 22:25 (eleven years ago) link

I was using it as just another lens app before I realized that there was a whole nother thing behind it.

Pleasant Plains, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 22:27 (eleven years ago) link

xp but then the only way to explore is to look at the Popular pix page which is pretty terrible imo

minecraft on a milk sea (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 18 January 2011 22:29 (eleven years ago) link

nine months pass...

i have an older ipod touch that doesn't have a camera. can instagram be used to apply filters to photos that are on your device but weren't taken with it?

markers, Friday, 11 November 2011 14:29 (ten years ago) link

I think so. There's a "Load from Library" option.

However, I don't know if the app they're using now will work on an older ipod.

pplains, Friday, 11 November 2011 14:33 (ten years ago) link

thanks dude!

markers, Friday, 11 November 2011 15:08 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

wait what does instagram 'do' that is worth one billion dollars

iatee, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:15 (ten years ago) link

it puts...a filter on a photo? and lots of people use it? and that is worth one billion dollars?

iatee, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:16 (ten years ago) link

its free in the app store no one tell zuck

lag∞n, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:20 (ten years ago) link

is facebook gonna monetize hipsters?

iatee, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:21 (ten years ago) link

hint: a lot (I don't know exactly how much) of the purchase price is in facebook stock, which is probably not actually worth as much as they say it is

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Monday, 9 April 2012 18:22 (ten years ago) link

I am (surprise surprise) enbb and mostly post pictures of (surprise surprise) my dog.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Monday, 9 April 2012 18:22 (ten years ago) link

the facebook stock is almost certainly going to be worth much more than its valued at atm when it goes public in a few months

lag∞n, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:24 (ten years ago) link

but yeah I generally find it annoying when people put those cheap instagram-type filters on their photos. The iPhone camera takes such nice photos so easily, and people ruin them with this hazy nostalgia bullshit.

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Monday, 9 April 2012 18:24 (ten years ago) link

Exactly my thoughts.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:25 (ten years ago) link

iphone camera (at least anything before the 4S) kinda sucks

J0rdan S., Monday, 9 April 2012 18:27 (ten years ago) link

I don't want to yell 'internet bubble' cause clearly fb and twitter and some things have a value that couldn't really have existed 10 years ago but this is just...a camera filter

iatee, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:27 (ten years ago) link

wasn't there another identical thing called hipstamatic?

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Monday, 9 April 2012 18:29 (ten years ago) link

fb and google do this kinda thing all the time tho? buying up technology to integrate it into their own platforms... not that i'm saying instagram is worth ONE BILLION DOLLARS *dr evil pinky* but it's kinda their m.o.

J0rdan S., Monday, 9 April 2012 18:29 (ten years ago) link

yeah but why do you even need to 'buy up that technology', do they really have a patent on hipster-camera-filters? as hurting said they're not even the first to do this

iatee, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:30 (ten years ago) link

my guess would be that instagram was working on some kind of expansion and fb caught wind of it and just decided to snatch whatever up whatever it was

J0rdan S., Monday, 9 April 2012 18:31 (ten years ago) link

instagram's "value" such as it is is in the social network aspect, not the filter aspect

max, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:31 (ten years ago) link

this is just...a camera filter

― iatee, Monday, April 9, 2012 2:27 PM (40 seconds ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

naw its a rapidly growing social network w/50m users whos main utility photo sharing is also facebooks main utility - idk abt the price but its obvs why facebook felt they needed to eat them

lag∞n, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:31 (ten years ago) link

yeah I guess it makes more sense in that context

iatee, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:32 (ten years ago) link

I have never used it so I just see the pics *on* fb

iatee, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:32 (ten years ago) link

ha guessing you all are not instagram users lol xp

lag∞n, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:32 (ten years ago) link

really its "buying" 30 million users + ownership of the most popular photo-sharing social network. facebook loves photos b/c theyre significantly more interesting than links or status updates, as measured by the # of ppl who click on them and the amount of time they spned

max, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:34 (ten years ago) link

xp joe otm

max, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:34 (ten years ago) link

i mean that being said 1 billion dollars is hilarious

max, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:34 (ten years ago) link

i want a billion dollars

lag∞n, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:36 (ten years ago) link

have you considered making an 'app'

iatee, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:36 (ten years ago) link

brb making an app

lag∞n, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:36 (ten years ago) link

wasn't there another identical thing called hipstamatic?

hipstamatic started out as just a camera filter app. they added on social stuff later after instagram took off.

or what max and joe said.

dmr, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:37 (ten years ago) link

if i had one the mega millions i would've bought scoopsnoodle for $1 million

J0rdan S., Monday, 9 April 2012 18:37 (ten years ago) link

won*

J0rdan S., Monday, 9 April 2012 18:37 (ten years ago) link

so they paid like 35 bucks per user

still smh

the late great, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:37 (ten years ago) link

no wonder my kids don't want to study math, obviously careers are for fools, i should be sitting around brainstorming the next killer social media platform

the late great, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:38 (ten years ago) link

number of instagram users should be getting a big bump up now that they have it for android too, the fact that they have as many users as they do and it was iphone only until last week is kinda crazy

dmr, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:38 (ten years ago) link

they paid $1 per photograph too

max, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:39 (ten years ago) link

strangely tumblr still seems to have some kind of life.. maybe it's amateur porn or something

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 5 August 2021 21:06 (ten months ago) link

color tinted gifs of Downton Abbey IIRC

Joe Bombin (milo z), Thursday, 5 August 2021 21:07 (ten months ago) link

they try to kill it but it just won't die

i love and still use tumblr

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 5 August 2021 21:07 (ten months ago) link

strangely tumblr still seems to have some kind of life.. maybe it's amateur porn or something

― Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, August 5, 2021 2:06 PM (seven minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

they clamped down on porn on tumblr and that is partially what lead to its (partial) demise iirc

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 5 August 2021 21:16 (ten months ago) link

Ned, I love how you start every caption with "Today's photo."

pplains, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 17:28 (ten months ago) link

former ilxor steacy easton, @pinkmoose4eva, is a very good and prolific photographer

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Thursday, 12 August 2021 01:10 (ten months ago) link

Ned, I love how you start every caption with "Today's photo."

It's simple and accurate.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 12 August 2021 04:16 (ten months ago) link

Oh, but unlike Ned Raggett, who's only one-half of that statement!

pplains, Thursday, 12 August 2021 13:32 (ten months ago) link

Now it is true I am simple.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 15 August 2021 03:08 (ten months ago) link

You know that's not the half I was referring to.

pplains, Sunday, 15 August 2021 22:17 (ten months ago) link

i think i don’t like instagram

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 28 August 2021 23:34 (ten months ago) link

i don’t want my boss checking out pictures of my private life

i don’t need all the smiley pub shots

i like it when people document their walks. i like vintage rock photography. those might be the only types of account i like. mine is terrible. i think i just have less and less interest in spunking content out into the void.

ilx is void-ish, but small enough to feel like i kind of know who i’m talking to. other internet spaces are even smaller.

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 28 August 2021 23:39 (ten months ago) link

Well, that's kinda why I like my approach -- one old photo a day plus a few words about it.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 29 August 2021 00:01 (ten months ago) link

yours is good ned.

i dunno i think i find the big traditional social networks less and less.. relevant to me? i like smaller groups.

also i love tiktok. only to lurk though.

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 29 August 2021 00:10 (ten months ago) link

i use mine as a catalogue of artwork. otherwise it's a time waster and to keep up with other people's art

^
Pocket art gallery

calstars, Sunday, 29 August 2021 00:38 (ten months ago) link

definitely feeling where you're at, Tracer. the stuff-into-the-void model/habit/approach def doesn't feel the same way it did when I started my flickr in 2005. which already was at a different moment than like "hi folks, welcome to my home on the World Wide Web" in 1998. but i'm not at a point of *not* wanting to share some things, in some ways. the flickr posting/archiving cycle is part of my photographic hobby now, even just for the discipline of getting me to process and organize my photos and write down my thoughts on some things... i find that nice in a lot of ways. sometimes it feels like an infinite irrational burden on myself but i think that's just the highs and lows of it being a hobby, and not specific to the internet/social media.

but as much as i'd love to share my hobby with more people and have it spark more conversations, I feel weird receiving friend requests from whole categories of people i meet...

I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 29 August 2021 00:59 (ten months ago) link

Agree with Tracer and Dr Casino, esp the "infinite irrational burden" + "discipline of process/organize" re: Flickr. Except I don't even write any sort of commentary any more; tbh back when it was a joint account with my ex, I provided 80% of the visual content but she wrote the "copy" :) Also I'm typically Lightrooming/uploading in bed at 11pm and I don't have the energy to do anything more than the most perfunctory naming/tagging/grouping.

IG uploads are generally from the "proper" cameras too, WiFi'd to the phone, and pushed up at the time. Flickr uploads are mostly just an expanded set of the same thing, just 10+ days behind.

As there's no way (AFAIK) to set access levels on yr IG feed (not so with stories), mine had to be private from the get-go (family snaps, now v rare due to TEENS), so there's automatically a small audience for my mix of diaristic and "artistic"; IG contacts are only interested in the former, and the casual Flickr passer-by only sees the latter.

The great common denominator - where Flickr randoms from Austria and Brazil AND people I've known for 20 years all seem moved to say "oh that's nice"... cats. Everyone loves cats.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 29 August 2021 10:09 (ten months ago) link

Mike, everyone loves all your pictures, wherever they are!

Also, Tracer Hand, I like your Instagram account.

What Dr Casino says rings a bell. There is a kind of task of documenting one's own life, photos, words, whatever, which is lonely and may feel a pointless burden, but I think is worth persisting with. Otherwise, as Lawro would say, we might as well pack up and go home.

Oh - we *are* home.

the pinefox, Sunday, 29 August 2021 11:48 (ten months ago) link

I'm like forks, use it for posting art and following other people in my art groups. I hardly post any social stuff, I'm sure that's 99% down to having a family and no social life lol or time to do all the processing and curating I used to on flickr, but I miss taking that time to make good photos, I feel like the square format and phone only consumption don't encourage that. Maybe that's just old man yelling at cloud.

Believe me, grow a lemon tree. (ledge), Sunday, 29 August 2021 19:36 (ten months ago) link

they now let you post non-square photos! (but in multi-photo posts, they all have to be the same proportions and orientation, or it forces them all to square.)

totally agreed about phone viewing. insta/phone is good for some kinds of experiences, but doesn't lend itself to many others. and of course, it lacks all the album/collection organizational stuff that flickr permits. feels like a "reddit vs. ilx" parallel -- just a firehose of stuff instantly disappearing into the void, where with every independent voice just screaming in parallel and then forgotten, versus a durable and engaged conversation. the latter is compelling to me, while the former is just exhausting.

I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 29 August 2021 19:53 (ten months ago) link

4x5 vs 1x1 fight

calstars, Sunday, 29 August 2021 20:18 (ten months ago) link

three months pass...

I started finally using this thing for something other than lurking art accounts. Been posting albums from my collection after seeing other people do it. Better than letting those things sit on my shelf in secret. Kind of fun to share and get digital high fives while staying pretty anonymous.

Evan, Monday, 27 December 2021 14:26 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

What's the deal with IGTV, i.e. why does a >1 min long video have to be artificially cordoned off to some separate part of instagram where you have to click "keep watching," esp since this doesn't even seem to happen when you view it on the web

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 31 January 2022 21:17 (five months ago) link

User error

calstars, Saturday, 5 February 2022 23:49 (four months ago) link

yeah it's fucking dumb and annoying

akm, Sunday, 6 February 2022 00:25 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

Locked out of my account until I furnish my date of birth. Am I overreacting or is this a good excuse to quit IG which I've long wanted to do?

Josefa, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 00:52 (one month ago) link

I just gave them a fake one, no consequences I can see

assert (matttkkkk), Wednesday, 25 May 2022 00:54 (one month ago) link

Can I use yours?

Josefa, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 00:56 (one month ago) link

But seriously, they do warn you not to give a fake one, but I was wondering how they would possibly know and what they could possibly do if they did know

Josefa, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 00:58 (one month ago) link

Giving a giant social media company your personal identifying information? What could possibly go wrong?

I gave them the right year but not the right month or day. So far, my account still works.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Wednesday, 25 May 2022 00:59 (one month ago) link

Josefa it's twelvety neverteenth, nineteen aught sixtytwelve

assert (matttkkkk), Wednesday, 25 May 2022 02:24 (one month ago) link

I think this is a CYA move in case some 13 year old sees a butt (we did due diligence!). Can't imagine there'd be any consequences for lying if you're an adult.

nickn, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 02:24 (one month ago) link

The new layout is horrible. Just thought I'd throw that in there.

mirostones, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 09:40 (one month ago) link

The privacy issues mentioned above would worry me.

But my main feeling about IG these days is just that the nature of the feed has changed so much, and badly.

Roughly, it used to be:

* chronological sequence of things that people you follow have posted.

Then it became:

* algorithmically enhanced stream of posts from people you follow, not in chronological order anymore but with your 'favourites' at the top, etc.

That was fine.

But now it seems to be:

* a few posts from people you follow; an equal number of posts from people you don't follow but are deemed to be related or relevant; an equal number of adverts; many of them in reel / video form.

Something that seemed relatively modest and manageable even, what, 2-3 years ago, is no longer. It seems fairly openly to have become more of an advertising site, with occasional interruptions from content from people you actually know.

That's my own experience at least.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 09:49 (one month ago) link

I deleted it from my phone about 6 months ago and have barely thought about it since. I'd take the opportunity to get rid.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 25 May 2022 11:38 (one month ago) link

i was kicked off of facebook and instagram last year and miss neither. they’re bad

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 25 May 2022 12:50 (one month ago) link

I think you can resolve some if not all of your issues by not using the app and just accessing IG via a browser with a good adblocker, PF.

Piedie Gimbel, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 13:00 (one month ago) link

The only app I know, and I'm advised to ditch it !

the pinefox, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 14:45 (one month ago) link

I think someone already said it above but who decided that this was the place to put restaurant menus.

DAMAGED by Black Flat (Boring, Maryland), Wednesday, 25 May 2022 15:03 (one month ago) link

I find the browser experience far superb to the app

calstars, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 23:59 (one month ago) link

I definitely use the browser version for my daily posts. Far more convenient.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 26 May 2022 00:23 (one month ago) link

pinefox if you tap the "..." top right of an "algorithmic" post you can turn off suggested posts for a month, I think it is.

assert (matttkkkk), Thursday, 26 May 2022 01:39 (one month ago) link

twelvety neverteenth, nineteen aught sixtytwelve

― assert (matttkkkk),

orange

The 25 Best Songs Ever Ranked In Order (Deflatormouse), Thursday, 26 May 2022 01:45 (one month ago) link

I don't use it often and when I do it's the browser version. Is there something heinous I'm missing besides the legit privacy worries?

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 May 2022 01:47 (one month ago) link

When people talk about 'the browser version', TBH I am not sure what they are referring to.

Are they talking about using a computer, or (as I expect is normal) a mobile phone?

My impression is that the app (the thing where you press the IG symbol?) is normal for a phone.

I sense that people may be saying: you should use eg: Google Chrome, on a phone, and access IG from that.

I am not really sure how to do that, though.

I could try it but I am really surprised to hear that it is the norm!

the pinefox, Thursday, 26 May 2022 10:17 (one month ago) link

MattKKK's advice looks good - I should at least try that.

the pinefox, Thursday, 26 May 2022 10:18 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

I've seen a few different folks in my feed mentioning it, but apparently the major labels (esp. Warner) are really stepping up the crackdown on including even a snippet of their music in a post or story.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 20 June 2022 19:30 (one week ago) link


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