Instagram: An app worth downloading

My favorite social media app is Instagram. Founded in 2010, Instagram got its name from the combination of “instant camera” and “telegram.”

It started as a photo sharing app with over one million users in the first few months. Instagram has been popular since the beginning.

The reason I like Instagram is it’s easy use. It is all fairly simple. First, you take a photo, then apply some filters and post it to the “gram” with a trendy hashtag.

Instagram was not willing to take any risks by changing its success formula. The app did not have any major updates or changes early on.

In April 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion.

From that point, the use of Instagram skyrocketed, and the creators started bringing major changes to the app. Features like photo tagging, uploading videos, direct messaging and photo maps were added to Instagram.

When I first started using Instagram, I could not even send messages to anyone. I had to download another app called Insta-message for sending messages.

I thought then that Instagram was not the right app for me. However, a few years later, the app had evolved, bringing basically everything I wanted in a social media app together.

When Facebook, who owns Instagram, failed to buy Snapchat, then came the era of Instagram stories. Instagram stories were very similar to what Snapchat had been doing but in some ways, even better.

Instagram incorporated the best features from Snapchat, while adding some of its own too.

Because Instagram has a larger audience, including more daily users, its stories are becoming more popular than Snapchat.

I have made the jump myself and use Instagram way more than I ever used Snapchat.

Recently, opinions about the app from influencers like Kylie Jenner and Rihanna have caused Snapchat to lose over $2 billion in stocks.

Another reason why I like this app is that you get to choose what you want to see.

You can follow whomever you want and get followed by anyone.

Keeping your account private lets you decide whether someone can follow you or not.

Unlike Facebook, you will not get spammed by random posts. You simply get the updates from pages or people you have followed.

Instagram is also a platform where you can showcase your talent.

I think that this app is mainly built for photographers. Other artists can still share their work on this platform. Some even get their big break through Instagram popularity. That is how powerful Instagram is.

As a shutterbug, I feel like photos can help us tell stories better.

A single photo can speak a million words.

There are moments that can’t be described with words, but you can post a photo and a few words to get your point across.

Constantly sharing photos on other social media apps like Facebook or Twitter can be repetitive and monotonous.

Instagram, an app made primarily for sharing photos, can make the same thing a fun experience. So, get creative, and if you don’t have the app already, what are you doing?