Instagram – The Instant Photosharing Craze


By Meghan Crozier

From the inspiration of Polaroid cameras came what is now one of the most popular iPhone applications being used by over 15 million users. For those of you Android and Blackberry users, you may be feeling a sense of bitterness or seclusion from this photo sharing community; and for those of you with another type of phone you may just ask, “What is Instagram?”

Instagram is a photo sharing application initially kicked off for the iPhone that allows users to take their personal photos, apply a vintage filter or other editing graphics, and share the images with their followers. Recently, a variety of social networking services, including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, Flickr, and Posterous,  allowed the use of the application through their sites and it has become an exceptionally fast growing community. You may download the application either at the iTunes App Store or on the Instagram website.

Instagram is a reflection of both the Polaroid and the Kodak Instamatic camera, which convert photographs into a square shape. Users are going wild for Instagram, turning their daily lives and actions into an instant photo album available to whomever follows them. With over 15 million users of Instagram this is a free, fun, and simple way to share gorgeous photos from your iPhone. Although a large question remains, are we aware as a society that our social media usage is constantly becoming more and more evasive? We continue to post our personal lives through applications such as Instagram, as well as across a large social media spectrum allowing for an almost unconscious dwindling of our privacy.

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