Do you find Instagram's popularity confusing?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by TH55, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. TH55 macrumors 68030

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    It's just not that great of an app. It doesn't do anything that Facebook doesn't do, and the interface/design is terrible. It's just trendy/stylish, that's it.
     
  2. Ramio macrumors 6502a

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    I do. I really don't see what the fuss is about.
     
  3. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    What can you do on Instagram that you can't do on Twitter or any place else?
     
  4. DayOfChaos macrumors 6502

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    It's great to share photos with all my followers

    I try to keep my Facebook as "professional" as possible. Instagram for everything, Facebook more for achievements. I don't find it confusing in terms of ease of use.
     
  5. applegeek25 macrumors regular

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    The idea behind Instagram isn't the problem. Most users are not tech-savvy and actually appreciate/need simplicity in computing. That's what Instagram offers: a simple way to quickly share your photos with friends and family.

    The problem is the lack of organization within the app itself. A lot of users have 300+ followers and are following 300+ other users as well. Scrolling through the main news/photo feed is very cumbersome at best.
     
  6. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    It fills a somewhat different need. It's there just for photos and not that much more, and even with that it's there for usually filtered photos. That's mostly what you get front and center and not that much else, so there's not much more to look through and make your way through except just photos and that's it.
     
  7. TH55 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    But they're crappy, small photos that you can't even zoom in on.
     
  8. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000

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    I used to, but now it's my main social networking App. It's fun to post random videos and pictures.

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    Small? Crappy? That's pretty subjective. Yeah, you can't zoom but that's hardly a deal breaker.
     
  9. Ay_Zimmy macrumors 6502

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    Grown up and companies aren't searching for you on instagram.. but they're sure are trying to find your Facebook
     
  10. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000

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    Yep - searching for someone on IG is almost impossible unless you know their userid.
     
  11. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I don't find it confusing but I also don't have any use for it, personally.

    Facebook owns Instagram.
     
  12. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    And that's what they are meant to be. It's not a photography app, it's just a "fun" quick visual sharing app.
     
  13. cynics macrumors G3

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    It's simply an app for people that want to express themselves via photography.

    While not completely limited to mobile camera and viewing (snapchat for example) it for the most part is used exclusively that way.

    Since you can't zoom not only is a mobile camera great for using but the picture is viewed as attended by it photographer.

    Also and unlike Facebook there is not usually many comments. Plus it doesn't have status updates at all. Nor ridiculous ads.

    While I agree Facebook is more popular and I use it more often it's hard to say its "better". I mean come on, do you really care someone you rarely see is going out for Chinese then is going to hit up the gym? Status updates are usually mind numbing. Hey 3 of your friends like target! Great stuff huh?
     
  14. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Nope. I find it helps to understand that preferences and interests vary from person to person. It's not for me but that doesn't make its popularity confusing. Popular is just popular. If you don't care for it then move on to something you do care for.
     
  15. AlphaHumanus macrumors 6502

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    Followers? Achievements? haha, I get what you're saying, it was just weird to read. Celeb in our midst? or pro-gamer? lol. I jest.

    For you. I have zero use for a photo I can't zoom in on. Hell, my families old photo albums (remember those? damn...) even had magnifying lenses tucked into the inside cover pockets.

    But why is it popular? It's distilled Facebook. Its twitter photography. I'm confused by the popularity myself. I suppose people just like exposure and being able to do/have/be into something that some others aren't.

    Twitter + Instagram = Facebook?
     
  16. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Seems like it's not a deal breaker by most given the number of people using it. Again it's simply a different app that simplifies and focuses on one thing--sharing quick (usually filtered) snaps without any extraneous stuff of status updates, sharing of links, etc., etc., etc.
     
  17. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    yet. ;)
    I had it, uploaded a handful of pics and realized I had no use for it. No one cares what I post and vice versa. It's not sad, just not something I care about. I do use FB.
     
  18. TH55 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    People are sheep
     
  19. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Because of what in this case, using an app to share pictures because it works for them and they don't really need or care about anything else? Everyone is different, doesn't mean it's good or bad really when it comes to simple preference things like this.
     
  20. TH55 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I think a lot of people just follow trends. For example, no one needs a $2500 laptop to browse Facebook and download music.
     
  21. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Sure, but that doesn't really seem that much related to using a free app.
     
  22. TH55 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    People use it without even questioning it, or noticing it's extreme flaws.
     
  23. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

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    Haha.. those are all opinions from the eyes of a single humanoid amongst billions of other humanoids. It's possible that not everyone sees things the same way and enjoys a particular form of social media to another.
     
  24. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Or they use it because it works for them for what they want to use it for, and they don't experience any real flaws or flaws that really affect them one way or another?
     
  25. TH55 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    You're missing the point that they would use it regardless.
     

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