Instagram – the only social network which rewards creativity with more followers – is my latest iPhone app addiction and may soon become essential for news junkies.
Where else could you get a photographic insight into presidential debate just minutes before it went LIVE to air.
Twitter, you say? Ah, but Instagram makes the photos the medium, not the caption, and you can search by tags, places or even GPS.
This enables me to instantly see who else and what else is being posted at a certain location, be in the Vatican City as the pope appears, an earthquake in Indonesia or at a protest in Time Square. Of course, it works locally too as more people join up and tag posts with your favourite cafe, park or club.
As I write this, #OccupyWallStreet has 6612 photos under that tag. Even #occupysydney has 130 (not including those added by me)
It’s also becoming a nice way to tap into the US presidential campaign.
Check out what @CNNSITROOM (Wolf Blitzer’s weekly political – The Situation Room forum on CNN) posted this morning….
There is quality content here, and the feed keeps getting bigger, especially from US TV networks hitching a ride on this new photo-sharing app.
@TodayShow is leading the way starting hashtags for each musical act to join their concert series.
@Starbucks is offering deals if you follow their posted pics.
And despite a few big-name signups, Instagram is still largely under the radar.
Perhaps it’s because the media hasn’t been mentioning it on air. There have been no security breaches, and no epic milestones of users signed up (although it is pushing 7million users – not bad for just 4 employees) and that’d always a good time to join.
You know, before it was popular.
Part of the app’s appeal is that it makes real people the most popular when their skill has wide appeal. Meet the Top 15 Photographers – most of whom are relative nobodies until Instagram.
That said, here are a few familiar names and faces you will know if you sign up…
Real Time Reporting
@breakingnews (AWOL? just a handful of posts)
@sunriseon7 (of course)
@Zuck (Mark Zuckerberg – only 3 photos)
@Jack – creator of Twitter Jack Dorsey
@evanwilliams – entrepreneur behind blogger & twitter
@bizstone – co-founder of twitter
@maddogsullo – Eamon Sullivan