I was demanded to download the Instagram iPhone app today. Laura Lou came skipping by my office today and informed me:
YOU MUST JOIN INSTAGRAM – download it on your iPhone now.
And yes, she pretty much was that persistent – but she’s the cutest bug you’ll ever see and is AWESOME at peer pressure – so I did it.
Instagram iPhone App – WHAT is IT?
So if you know about Twitter, it’s 140 characters – sure you can twitpic and twitvid but all in all – you are mostly reading text.
Imagine a role reversal of Twitpic and Twitter.
WHAT if instead of typing what you were doing or where you were at – you took a photo.
And what if that photo had preset really cool filters.
AND sure you can type where you are or what you are doing, but rather than the text being the main attraction it was the photo or visual.
That is Instagram.
The Instagram app was born October 6, 2010. Being so new – this thing already has quite a following. Here is in Instagram’s words why they built the app:
When we sat down three months ago to start designing our product, we looked at digital photos and realized very few exciting things had happened in the last 5 years. We’re setting out to change that, and this release is our first step along the way.
Some of the problems with photos we heard from users that we tried to solve:
1. “My mobile photos look lame”: even though the megapixel count on phone cameras keeps going up, most mobile photos don’t have mood and tone. We set out to change this by making it super-simple to transform your photos using 11 one-click filters in the app.
2. “It’s a pain to share to all the friends I care about”: some of your friends want to follow your every update in life; others like seeing some occasional posts on Facebook. We made it super-simple to share photos not only with your followers in the Instagram community, but with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Tumblr, all with a tap of the switch.
3. “Photos take forever to upload, and viewing them is slow”: we worked to make the uploading, sharing, and viewing experiences as smooth and speedy as possible, whether you’re using a first-gen iPhone or the latest and greatest.
3 months to build? IMPRESSIVE as it’s really cool, neato features and already viral.
Signing on and testing this out today – I’ve already found a community on Instagram. You can friend people. Like their photos, etc. etc. But another really cool feature is the ability to share not just with Instagram friends – but with your Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr friends. It’s quick and painless to share wherever.
Very Cool iPhone Photo Filters
So you login to Instagram – snap a photo and you are immediately shown options for how you can filter your photo. There are 11 photo filters to choose from (12 if you count normal but that’s silly).
My right brain is in right brain visualizer heaven. If someone could flip a switch on Twitter and make everyone post a picture rather than making me read – life would be even dandier – plus it would make people think and be creative before posting. (hrm I am sure there is a lesson for myself to learn in there!).
iPhone Only- No Instagram for Android – yet.
Sorry Android peep – this is an iPhone only app for the time being. Don’t get your panties in too much of a wad – I’m sure as soon as you guys officially claim the market share, people like New Toy who were soley iPhone, iPad developers will come around and develop for the Android.