My Feelings On Instagram One Year Later

Here we are 365 days later since @TheEricHammer‘s Instagram inception.  It took me a while to get to that point, and I’ll be the first to admit my stubbornness was rather unnecessary.  After a full year as a member of the Instagram community, I absolutely understand why people love it so much.  Some people probably love it too much, but to each his own.  Here are some thoughts I’ve gathered over the last year.

Apparently people pay close attention to who likes their pictures.  It’s come to surface that many people check very carefully who likes their photos every time they post one, and I’m not totally sure why.  Do you not like someone’s newest picture if they didn’t like your most recent?  Seems pretty childish in my opinion.  Or do you just like to keep tabs on who acknowledges your photography “skills”?  I guess that makes some sense, but I don’t really see the point.  I’ll glance through the list once in a while, but I’m not looking for anyone in particular.  I’m more of a big picture guy, all about the numbers.  It’s a quantitative battle when it comes to number of likes on pictures.

Some people like their own pictures.  I haven’t proven this yet as I don’t spend time searching for someone’s name on their own picture (I’m way too retired for that waste of time), but the consensus is that people do it.  Grow up.

You don’t actually have to be outside to see the sunset.  In no way am I discrediting sunsets because I absolutely enjoy them.  But you don’t even need to see it in person because everyone posts it on Instagram.  I don’t understand why people do this.  It’s pretty obvious when the sun is setting.  No need for a picture that EVERYONE ELSE is taking.  If everyone’s doing it, then nobody’s doing it.  Think about that.

I have no clue how people make those pic stitch things.  I don’t have a real use for it, but as far as I know, anyone who can do that is a wizard.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times.  Posting quotes on Instagram is literally the opposite of what Instagram is about.  Quotes are words.  Instagram is for pictures.  Twitter is for words.  Instagram is for pictures.  This is maybe the most baffling of any conclusions I’ve come to in the last calendar year.

I cannot believe anybody thinks it’s remotely okay to post a snapchat picture on Instagram.  I mean, you’re not fooling anyone.  It’s pretty obvious when you see the circled number in the corner or the words right across the picture.  Keep Snapchats on Snapchat and Instagrams on Instagram.  Why do you think it’s okay to post a piece of your 300-second Snap Story?  I think I’ve earned enough esteem to make that judgement.  And how about the people who post blurry pictures?  There are people out there who post blurry pictures for the sake of posting another picture.  Holy moly that’s a head scratcher.  Clean it up.

People love food.

It absolutely blows my mind why someone’s Instagram account would be private.  I’ve yet to hear a logical reason for this.  And from what I’ve gathered, it’s primarily females that keep them private.  Maybe I just don’t get it, but that’s just not the case because I do get it.

Please come up with better captions.  At least try to be witty.  Just try, please.  I cannot stand the “wishing I was back in (insert tropical island here)” captions, or the “no place I’d rather be” ones, or the pictures of pizza with the “love your curves and all your edges” caption.  I don’t expect every caption to be fire flames perfect like mine, but stop being boring ONE TIME.

Anyone who participates in “TBT” every week is a bonafide loser and a try hard.

I know I’m missing a bunch of things that infuriate me.  Too many to list at once because everyday it’s something new.

PS – I unfollowed FatJew months ago because he was recycling jokes.  Hate to say I told you so.



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