I realize I’m older than the most of the active users on Instagram and TikTok. My opinions on the state of social media and its effects on photography have zero impact and maybe minimal value but the changing social media landscape is fascinating to watch.
Instagram is doing it’s best to become TikTok and TikTok is still the internet darling so it doesn’t have to try to be anyone else. For the most part it’s the same as it was since Musically. It found an identity and stuck with it.
I realize this simple picture of my morning coffee will not win awards and it won’t go viral but it would have been right at home on Instagram just a few years ago. As I’m sure you know by now, IG has been changing to a video first mentality for a while now. We’ve arrived at that point where posting a still photo of anything on IG is an exercise in futility.
I’m still on Instagram. I almost deleted it all and hit the eject button recently. But then I thought maybe I should lean into the video thing and try to embrace what it is and not what I remember it to be. Maybe if done right I could use it to promote my blog, YouTube channel, and portfolio website. I’m not quite sure if I will yet but time will tell.
I know a few of you left IG a while ago and a few of you never were on there. That’s one of the reasons I’m thankful for blogs. I can stay connected with some cool people like you.
Not just Instagram: the whole of the Internet and by extension other communication forms throughout the world are going video-centric. Is it an improvement? Perhaps for those people who never learned to read. Along the lines of emoticons – the new hieroglyphs – taking the place of proper writing. The dumbing-down of communication media goes right alone with the dumbing-down of the messages conferred.
And I like your coffee-cup picture. A little tweaking and it would, in my opinion, be an award winner.
Thank you Marc! And you’re right about everything trending towards video now.