I’m one of the 400 million users on Instagram. First time I ever heard the name, was probably late 2010 or so, and the mentionings rapidly became more frequent in social media. It was only for iPhone users, and that made me really wanting Instagram, because ‘everyone’ seemed to have so much fun with it. In April 2012 it was released for Android phones too, and was downloaded one million times in one day, I read in WikiPedia. By then, I already had an iPhone and Instagram.
Once I had it, it was as if its glory faded. Guess it was some psychological thing about ‘what you can’t have …’. It was just another social media thing — I never got really into it. With so many social apps and websites going around, it seems impossible to stay excited about all of them. I’m signed up for most, but when it comes down to it, it’s my blog circle I care the most about. I do post photos to Instagram, but the thing is; those are the only times I go in there. I post, then I go through the list and hit «like» [the little ❤️], and that’s pretty much it. Doesn’t make for much interaction, but it doesn’t matter … it’s not any obsession of mine … in any way 🙂
A funny — and intriguing — thing happened, though, just before last Christmas. I’d taken a totally pointless picture of the Christmas tree down here, in the lobby of our building. Posted it to Instagram and hashtagged it #christmastree. Didn’t think more about it. After a short while … we were actually sitting down, having dinner … my phone started going off like crazy! Ping, ping, ping … I thought something was wrong, so I picked it up and looked. They were notifications from Instagram … LIKES. They all came from Italy?! I don’t remember now, how many likes I got for that silly Christmas tree, or why, but there were many [for me], close to 100, and I had only one hashtag.
Yesterday, being Valentine’s Day, I put up this, and tagged with many of those cat-hashtags [#catsofinstagram, #instacat and so on] … got lots of likes at first, but nowhere close to the Christmas tree LOL.
Anyway, it’s kind of a fun thing to have, and I do keep up with a few friends back home. I’m @tassitus on Instagram.