Soon after we got our smart phones, Instagram came out for Androids. I downloaded it immediately and tried it out. I’ll admit that my first impression was poor. I didn’t see the draw in taking small photos of things and putting filters on them. After a few posted photos, I moved on.
Sometimes later, I decided to give Instagram another shot. This time, I found I loved using it. I still steer clear of the filters, preferring instead to show the photos as they are taken. Still, it is a quick and easy way to share out photos. I could have Instagram tweet out the photo and still keep a gallery of my photos for people to look at.
Granted, Instagram isn’t perfect. For one thing, there’s no spell check within the app. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost sent out an update with a mistyped a word because there was no red squiggly line alerting me to the incorrectly spelled word(s). Secondly, Instagram itself doesn’t have a gallery. I can’t just tell people to go to Instagram.com/TechyDad/ to view all of my photos. Even if you load up one of my Instagram photos, there’s no way, in a non-mobile browser, to click to see more photos by me. This is the exact opposite problem that many websites have. (Ignoring mobile browsers and crafting their site only for non-mobile visitors.)
Thankfully, there are a few sites that can load your Instagram photos in a gallery-like format. I’m partial to Instagrid. You can view my Instagram photos on Instagrid here: http://instagrid.me/techydad/
Now that I’ve added that link to my header, I can easily direct people to my Instagram feed whether they have a smartphone or not. So if you aren’t on Instagram, take a look at my photos from time to time. If you are on Instagram, why not follow me? Let me know your Instagram names in the comments and I might follow you as well.