Share Photos, Videos, and Stories for Free!
- Simple, Straightforward Interface
- Filters for Both Videos and Photos
- Uploads By-the-Minute Updates
- Allows Cross-App Sharing
- Requires Sign-Up
- Cannot Re-Arrange Order of Photos on Feed
- No Advanced Video Editing Options
- Too Many Ads Inserted on the Feed
Instagram is a popular social networking app offering a simple way to capture and share moments. Joined by more than 500 million people, this social media app lets you express yourself by sharing photos and videos.
Excellent Photo-Sharing App
Instagram was first known for providing users a free platform to share their photos and videos. The app comes with filters that you can add to your photo and video to enhance its look. But if you want to get more in-depth with your photo enhancement, Instagram has got the basic photo editing features that you can apply. These options include structure, brightness, contrasts, warmth, color, and highlight. Keep in mind that these options are for pictures only and not for videos.
Instagram also allows users to post multiple photos in one post so as to not flood your news feed with photo after photo after photo. Posts with multiple pictures have a little white box in the upper right corner and dots below the picture.
If you want your photos and videos to reach more audience, Instagram has got the answers for you. The app supports cross-platform sharing letting you share your photos and videos to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare.
But what makes Instagram infinitely better than before is that its functions are no longer limited to posting, commenting, and sharing videos. The app now allows you to share by-the-minute updates through its Stories function. This feature provides users a way to post a series of photos and videos that are strung together in a content package. Contents posted on Stories disappears after 24 hours, so you don’t have to consume more storage space. Recent Instagram app update provides the users the option to share their Stories on Facebook Stories.
Explore and IGTV
Instagram comes in a Facebook-like feed that lets you view all uploaded media from your own account as well as the people you follow. From there you can browse through images and videos and even like and comment on posts that you like. But if you wish to see more posts other than those who you have followed, you may do so with this app. Instagram has an Explore feature which lets you see posts popular among users as well as recommended posts based on your commonly liked posts. The contents are organized according to Instagram users, tagged places, and hashtag used, for you to find what you are looking for. If you have something specific in mind, you can also look it up on the search bar. Instagram allows users to search for people, tags, and places.
But perhaps the most innovative addition to this app is its improved video sharing feature. Instagram’s latest installment, Instagram TV or IGTV is dedicated to lengthy vertical videos that you cannot upload as a regular post or a story. Regular posts come with a limit of 1-minute per video while Stories are limited to only 15 seconds. IGTV lets you post videos that span up to 10 minutes, making it an ideal platform for social media influencers, celebrities, and bloggers.
Queen of Social Media Apps
There is no doubt that Instagram is one of the leading social media apps out there. This app has a lot to offer besides posting and sharing. In fact, many users used this app as a platform to influence and inspire others through images and videos. And with its constant updates and addition of new features, it is no wonder that Instagram is called the queen of all social media apps.