Updates to Pinterest & Instragram

“Huraaaah!” was the resounding response that rippled through my Twitter feed when, seemingly simultaneously, two of the biggest social media platforms both made some exciting new announcements last week.

Firstly, Instagram profiles are now accessible online. Obviously Instagram is a phone ap, but it’s great to be able to see everyone’s photos, profiles and bios on your computer too. Plus it’s a huge bonus when writing about your own instagram on your blog as you can now link directly to it without having to use a 3rd party website (statigr.am must be GUTTED!)

My only small complaint with Instagram these days is that I’m a little bored of all the filters. Can an updated set of filters be in the works please Mr. Instagram? Being an Andorid user I’m limited on decent editing aps as it is, so my only option really is to upload my photos to my computer, edit them in photoshop and then re-upload them – it’s a pain in the butt!

Do you think the online profiles will make any difference to how you use Instagram?

Secondly, Pinterest, the fastest growing social platform ever, finally announced secret boards last week… and stylists, designers and people who didn’t want their ideas nicked rejoiced! But what does this mean for the dreaded copyright debate? Do you think it makes it an even more contentious issue when you won’t even be able to see if people are pinning your images? Or, I presume, get much traffic back from the pins?

Is Pinterest opening another proverbial can of worms? I’d love to know your thoughts on this too.

What about the other social media platforms, do you think any of them are in need of some updates? Facebook, Google+, Twitter..?

10 comments

  1. kat you should get the app Pixlr-o-matic for your android, it’s really good – you can do loads to the photos in there, then upload to instagram after using the filters there and cropping into the square x

  2. Android users unite! ;-) Great that Instagram is now online, most phone only apps frustrate me to some degree because I feel restricted. I hate using fb or twitter on my phone for example but always know I can just log on to my computer and feel free. But I do of course realise the awesomeness of being able to share whatever I want from anywhere in the world.

    For most social media apps for me it’s always been a toss-up between form and function. I want to be able to use the app fully but don’t want to struggle doing that on a smaller screen. Some work some don’t and I find they all go through minor phases and changes where they become better or worse for a while!

    All the above said, I only use instagram for interesting shots when I’m out and about and I see something really striking. I do get a bit fed up with the usual ‘what I had for breakfast’ shots ;-) Then again I am a photographer so maybe I view things differently?

    Overall I think it

  3. I second the Pixlr-o-matic recommendation – I edit a lot of my photos with that before uploading them to Instagram.

    For me, the private boards are tempting me back to Pinterest because now, if I see something inspiring I want to refer back to, I don’t feel like I’m breaching copyright by displaying it to anybody else. It feels more like a prettier bookmark. Though what the legal take on that is, I’m not sure…

  4. Great news about Instagram! Not being able to view profiles online has been a pain in the past, so thats definitely a step in the right direction.

    As for Pinterest, I’ve never been a fan. I’ve yet to find its appeal…. maybe one day it will grow on me! x

  5. Laura Jane

    What about us poor Blackberry users? I know we are a dying breed but I’d love to be able to use Instagram, they are such meanies not letting us – that is definitely an update I’d like to see! X

  6. Laura Jane I totally agree! I manage to use Instagram on the iPad, but sometimes it’s a pain because I still take photos on my phone or camera, then have to transfer them to the iPad to Instagram.

    Although on the plus side, it means I put a bit more thought into my photos as I’m not just tempted to snap my lunch or something and upload it straight away through my phone.

    Re. Pinterest, I once read a really interesting blog post by a woman who was a lawyer and photographer and had deleted her account because she was so concerned by some of the hidden stuff in their T&Cs.

  7. Laura Jane

    Good point Amy! Mine would be full of pictures of my cat & food I reckon – so good/bad thing depending on what you’re into! X

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