A free social media app for everyone
Instagram is a social network focused on photography and other images. You can connect with people all across the world and see everything they share. It’s an excellent place for anyone who wants to gain a social media following while showing off their travels or skills. The service has a direct message function, stories section, and a few filters to add to your pictures.
Share your world
Instagram is a prime choice for anyone who prefers to scroll through their feed without seeing too much text or other distractions. The social media service is free to use but will show advertisements on your feed from time to time.
You can link your IG account with Facebook to get notified of friends that also use the Gram. One feature similar to Facebook’s is the story tab, which sits near the top of your feed and displays stories from everyone you follow. The feed is also intuitive and can keep you scrolling for long periods as well.
The service can be accessed from almost any device and your web browser, all of which are light on system resources but can leave your notification section overflowing. The audience for IG is larger than Flickr’s thanks to all the supported platforms and addictive feed.
As with every version of this service, IG for PC places all the posts from users you follow in one long feed that you’ll happily scroll through without getting bored. The one thing that prevents this is when you constantly check the newest posts, as you’ll reencounter the old ones.
From your Instagram feed, you can interact with everyone you’ve followed or add your posts to receive feedback from those who follow you. While on this section you can like a picture, comment, or share posts.
Photo editing on the fly
While you upload a picture to your most recent Instagram version, you’re presented with a handful of editing options. While these may not be as powerful as what you can do in Photoshop, they can let you quickly enhance your appearance in any selfie. With over 25 filters to choose from, you’ve got a small variety to improve your pictures.
Swipe to see nothing
As great as your laptop Instagram feed is, when you attempt to swipe or click on a picture to view more, nothing happens. Occasionally it might work, but this severely limits your social media experience on a PC.
If you’re watching a video, there is no way to fullscreen the post. You can enable and disable sound, but the header and resolution limits will not allow you to view it without needing to scroll down or up if you want the complete picture.
Whenever you post a picture that’s filled with other IG influencers and users, you can tag them in the picture and let your followers know who everyone is or help support a fellow influencer. This is a great way to share your family photos on Instagram or gloat about meeting someone famous.
No saving pictures
While scrolling through the latest memes or pictures on your feed to repost to your Instagram Profile, you’ll notice that no version of Ig allows you to save images without the use of an external program. This option is not available for any system’s version of the app.
Some websites allow you to bypass this, but it requires an individual process of copying links one by one. This method wastes time unlike Facebook or Twitter’s direct image saving options.
As with many social networking applications, Instagram DMs is a place to hold private conversations. You can send pictures easily, like replies, and share stories, or use it as a shortcut to their profile. The tool is a great way to chat with family members and fans, or to share ideas.
While Instagram itself is an amazing social media, this may not be your preferred choice for Windows. There are some popular and similar social media apps for you to check out.
Facebook is one of the most popular social media services. It has a post filled feed similar to the one Ig displays, except with a higher focus on the social aspect. You can set a story that all your friends will see, start a page to express your interests and use the Messenger app to communicate with friends or ask companies questions.
Twitter uses the following and follower system much as the Gram does. Twitter utilizes hashtags and up to four pictures per post to fill up your feed. It’s another great place to share pictures, except for the limit of posting four pictures at a time.
Snapchat, much like Instagram, is another visual social media network. It is more personal than most services, but you can set stories that expire after 24 hours for your audience to see. You can send photos and videos that will expire after a set amount of time.
An average substitute for the mobile version
This social media service is the standard for picture orientated expression. However, the Windows application itself is worse to use than the browser-based version. The mobile applications of this social media service are optimized and don’t cause issues whenever you try to view your feed.
The application is still a great way to communicate with friends that use the service and to scroll down your feed while working on your computer or laptop.