Weekend Coffee Share (04/17/16): A year with IG (Instagram)
If I were having coffee with you, my friend, I’d tell you my IG (Instagram) experience. Diana’s Weekend Coffee Share is “a weekend link-up for posts that imagine the blogger is having coffee and a chat–usually starting with the phrase “if we were having coffee.” I find the theme is very unique, where you get to read and share stories and personal experience.
A little over a year ago, my niece, who graduated from Univ. of Illinois (majored Electronic Engineering), came to visit us. While we were taking a photography walk, I mentioned to her about my WP blog, she said, “I’m on IG.” A couple months later, I started playing with IG and tried to figure how to load photos from my photo files, not just my iPhone photos. I learned quickly that IG was a different game. It is a photo-oriented social network via smart phones. It offers no theme or challenge, and you get to post one photo at a time.
For my IG (places.nature), I worked out a rhyme for my posts: 3-4 photos a week for four categories–flowers, places, birds, and another nature-related photos. I have followers who just started their IG, but many have hundreds, if not thousands of followers. And, one who has 29.9K followers, comes to my IG off and on and leaves “like” click. Like WP, it’s reciprocal. 🙂
IG followers are not wordy. IG puts out tons and tons of fun signs and facial expressions for users to communicate. Since everyone is carrying a smart phone anywhere, anytime, the responses from IG followers can be instantaneous; you click “like”, they click right back most of the time, unless you are on a different time zone. I have been impressed with the quality and creative photos on IG. With an average of 70 million photos per day, you have more choices than you can imagine.
If I were having coffee with you, I want to share some of the astonishing IG stats with you. According to blog.hootsuite.com:
300 million active monthly users.
IG users have shared over 30 billion photos to date, and now share an average of 70 million photos per day.
70 percent of IG users come from outside of the U.S.
IG is considered the most important social network by more American teens (at 32 percent) than any other networks.
It will bring in $595 million in mobile ad revenues worldwide this year, and $2.81 billion by 2017.
The photo below show how my followers responded to my photo posts: