Instagram & me: Love at first sight

31 thoughts on “Instagram & me: Love at first sight”

  1. This will be a test if FB understands to acquire knowledge instead of just data (users), sadly most companies acquire data and loose the knowledge which helped to create that data which includes more than code.
    It’s easy to calculate what the cost per user was, but users came for the knowledge which created that service. Not for a number in a spreadsheet.

  2. Exceptional post Om. I think you hit the nail right on the head. Instagram has emotion in it. It has a soul. Whereas many of us see Facebook as a soul-less dragon. Can Instagram give Facebook a soul, or will Facebook kill the soul of Instagram?

  3. Om wrote: “What it doesn’t have is the philosophical understanding of design and its relationship with humans. It is a social network, whose product can be described as asocial (which is sort of like asexual.)”

    LOL! You are an unreliable lover. Just a few days ago, you were saying almost the exact same things as above about Google, while talking favorably about FB. Who would’ve thought that in a short period of time, you’d say the same thing about FB?

  4. I didn’t get my 1st iPhone until mid November, which means I didn’t start playing with Instagram until early December. Once I figured it out and learned how to incorporate it into my tweeting (twitting or acting like a twit???) and blogging, I fell in love with it, and will now say what needs to be said: My name is G-LO, and I am an Instagram addict.

    It’s the instant gratification. It’s how it seamlessly works with my photo library and iPhone camera. It’s how I can interact with all of the super creative people out there. I love it! I hope Facebook doesn’t screw up a wonderful experience!

    Great article!

    Cheers!
    G-LO
    @boozedancing on Instagram

  5. just so you guys know. Facebook Inc. has a smartphone problem, and it’s paying a billion dollars to solve it.

    The world’s biggest social network is on the verge of buying a far smaller, photo-based Web service called Instagram. Founded less than two years ago, San Francisco-based Instagram allows users to quickly edit and share the photos they take on their mobile devices.

  6. just so you guys know. Facebook Inc. has a smartphone problem, and it’s paying a billion dollars to solve it.

    The world’s biggest social network is on the verge of buying a far smaller, photo-based Web service called Instagram. Founded less than two years ago, San Francisco-based Instagram allows users to quickly edit and share the photos they take on their mobile devices.

  7. I liked how you said Facebook lacks an intuitive layout & innate love of design. That’s obvious in their recent hirings of designers. Instagram was beautiful in its intent & filters, but remained enclosed until only recently. I wanted to be an early adopter of new apps so have been using Via.Me since its launch in March and updated the new version today in iTunes. Love its gorgeous filters with the romantic city names & its smooth ability to publish photos + videos and even audio & text to multiple platforms in 1 click. It works like Tumblr on my phone combining the best of Instagram & Pinterest, and pushes to my Via.Me profile & Facebook & Twitter if I choose. You can port your Instagram photos to Via.Me this week according to their blog http://blog.via.me/

  8. I love instagram, the simplicity of it is what makes it so brilliant… was astounded to learn that FB had paid so much for it and wonder why? What is it that they hope to gain from it? I love FB, I’ve been a user since about 2006 I think, and I wonder why, when it’s such a massively popular social networking site, the powers that be at FB feel the need to change it constantly? A little worried that the same unwelcome attention (meddling) will be given to Instagram that is paid to FB. That would be a shame. Congrats on being FP!

  9. I’ve only recently heard about Instagram after my crush told me about it. I don’t know too much about it yet, but I LOVE the idea of sharing images with others that truly capture a special moment in time.

    I’d definitely use it if I had a smart phone lol, but I’m still years and years behind with all this new technology:)

  10. I am an Android user so Instagram is new to me, but I must admit in a few shorts days, I am in love with Instagram and I am already addicted. I have a graphic design background and the filters for me is like how I first new Graphic Design was the major for me over 10+ years ago. It took one class….Typography and I was hooked! Instagram is a winner in my book! I am an avid apple user, but I never felt the need to switch to an Iphone, well, let’s just say in a few short weeks when it is time for me to upgrade, I am running to grab an Iphone!

  11. Ok, i can see why Instagram would be beneficial for photographers and people with a little too much time on their hands but to say this would be the platform to knock off facebook is a little excessive. Now I’m not a facebook fan myself especially considering their over the top ad campiagn as of late but i dont believe instagram would be the next best thing. Personally i would say google plus has more of a chance to do this then a simple phone application. But if this does happen to steer people away by some mirical then what does that say about us as a people in general? Are we really that distracted by images and our own ego to fall into this cycle of relativity? Or is it just that we are a nation of followers now who just think that going with the flow is really just the thing to do? Either way Instagram equals less readership, more ego and obviously more of a bloated phone market. So pay up while you still have the money guys! -,o

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  12. Even before all those coments (on monday, the 9th), Facebook had already bought Instagram for one billion in shares and cash. That’s just a short time before going public… Do you think Mike Krieger, the 26 year old developer from São Paulo that created it, is happy or what?!?

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