Oh Instagram, we love you and we hate you and we can’t figure out what to do with you, but everyday we continue to use all your features and play along with your crazy games. The good ‘ol days of Instagram as we used to know it may be gone, but in all the complaining that we (and a lot of others) have been doing, we try to remember why we loved and still love Instagram. It’s like that moment in Hook when the lost boys are pulling on Robin Williams’ face to see that under it all it’s still Peter Pan. A grown up, dorky, and less fun, Peter Pan.
Anyway, let’s give Instagram a quick moment (does it need one?) and remember why it’s still a pretty good app and why we fell in love with it so many years ago…
1 – It led us to so many good people…
Yes, when we started our joint Instagram account back in 2013, we did it to share our new lives here in Phoenix as newlyweds. We had just left our home in New York where we both grew up, and started completely fresh on the other side of the country. We didn’t know anyone, we didn’t know where to spend our time, and we were feeling a bit homesick, so we started taking photos to give us something creative to do. It allowed us to candidly document our early days here. We shared the places we were going to, our first apartment, and through “Instameets” and creative gatherings, we ended up meeting all of the people we now call our good friends. No matter what happens in the future, Instagram was a huge part in making Phoenix feel like home for us and we will always owe ya one, IG. 😉
2 – It’s free!
So many apps cost money. They come with the basics and you pay for the rest. Instagram is completely free! Yes, we know that now there are ads and promoted posts, but you are free (no pun intended) to use the app as you wish. Share your photos with friends and family, or grow your business. It’s whatever you want it to be and that’s still pretty cool.
3 – The algorithm isn’t all bad…right?
Yes, we miss the days when we would actually see the photos of the people we follow. Are you still out there, @timmelideo? 😉 We’re still not sure why we follow people only to see their photos once a month, but that doesn’t stop us from personally dropping into their profile to catch up on what we’ve missed. It’s not all bad though (is it?)… The best thing about the algorithm is that it now shows your photos to your followers at different times. We’re still not sure if this is helping or hurting us, but this has certainly allowed us to let our guard down a bit with posting times. People will see your photo at different times, so it doesn’t matter as much when we actually “go live” with it. When Instagram is a tool for your business, it’s maybe not as helpful, but definitely takes off some of the pressure of when you actually choose to post. So, let your worries go, and share whenever you want to.
4 – Instagram Stories
It was a bit of a slap in the face to Snapchat when IG Stories came to town, but for us it’s always been easier to keep it all in one place. It’s been fun to share the behind the scenes things, the personal silly things, snippets from our travels, and of course, Henry being good ‘ol Henry. What we love more than posting to IG stories, is following along with others on there. It’s been so refreshing to get an inside look at our favorite bloggers and close friends. And for those who care deeply about the look of their personal feed, IG Stories is nice to show some personality without compromising “the feed”. Ha!
5 – Photo journaling is a really special thing.
Probably the coolest thing of all is the fact that if you go waaaaay back in your feed you’ll find some really dated, embarrassing moments that will live on FOR-EV-ER. We love that Instagram is still a place for moments. Yeah, they are a bit more curated than the early days, but we’re still sharing photos of our lives, and it’s fun to see all those moments in the grid from years past. If you scroll back in our feed to the beginning (please don’t!) you will see a beardless Robert and a fringe-less Christina and that in itself is why we love using this app after all these years. We’re getting old!
This post is definitely not sponsored by Instagram, but we thought a bit of reflecting on an app that has been such a big part of many people’s lives was in order. We’re not into all the changes going on over there, but we’re trying to remind ourselves that Instagram has been a pretty great tool for our personal lives and from a business perspective too. It’s still a huge source of inspiration for us and we’re still using it to socialize with friends, meet new ones, and document all the day-to-day. What do you guys think? Are you still using the app as often? We’d really love to hear your thoughts about it all in the comments.