Instagram review

Instagram popularly identified as IG or Insta by many of the network users is a social networking service owned by Facebook Inc. Based in California, U.S.A., Facebook is amongst the top ten most prominent tech companies in the world. This service was masterminded and developed by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. It was initially released for iOS on October 6th, 2010 while the Android version was released in April 2012. Windows supported versions were released in 2016.

Summary

Our rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

👍🏻 The good
  • Free
  • Marketing use
  • Video chatting
👎🏻 The bad
  • App taking lot of space
  • Data consumption
  • Instagram Rating: 8 out of 10

Instagram uses a freeware license and is available on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 (Mobile & PC) devices. On Android, Instagram is available in 36 languages while it has about 30 on iOS. Alexa ranks Instagram the 10th most popular site in the United States and 16th in the world. Coming 6th behind heavyweights like Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Messenger and WeChat, Instagram reportedly has about one billion users as revealed by Statista.

About Instagram

Instagram is a social networking service where users are allowed to upload photos and videos. These files can be edited with different available filters. Captions can be written to describe the object as well as location information. There are different kinds of accounts available on the platform namely Personal profile, and Business account. On both accounts, users can choose to share information with the general public or followers.

Users can browse contents by using hashtags, location and trending stories. Unlike Facebook, IG users can have access to a profile by following.  When the account is private, a user sends a request. Users are also allowed to like and comment on photos and videos except when comments are turned off or limited.

When it was released, Instagram contents were framed in a square (1:1) aspect ratio. However, this restriction was eased in 2015 with landscape and portrait content given up to 1.91:1 and 4:5 aspect ratios respectively. Users can add multiple photos and videos in a single post. Instagram story is a feature that allows users to post content to a sequential feed which is accessible for 24 hours.

When Instagram launched, about one million users registered in the first two months, ten million in the first year and the community has over 800 million users seven years later. Facebook, Inc. bought the service for about a billion dollars in cash and stock in April 2012. The most liked picture on the platform is a picture by an account with handle (@world_record_egg) which presently has over 53 million likes and over 3 million comments beating Kylie Jenner’s post which has over 18 million likes.

Features

Instagram has a lot of features which makes it a top social media network. These features include:

Photos and Video Uploads

Instagram presents a very user-friendly interface for visual content uploads. People can store their photos and videos, keep a record of their precious moments on the platform. Instagram allows maximum storage for uploads. Video contents are limited to 60 seconds. For every post, Instagram allows a maximum of 10 photos and videos only. Also, posts are limited to a maximum of 1.91:1 and 4:5 aspect ratios for landscape and portrait contents.

Photographic Filters

There are several filters available on the app for editing the contents, i.e., Amaro, Brannan, Hefe, Inkwell, Kelvin, etc. These filters are used to give the photos a new look. Amaro filter adds light to a picture, placing the focus on the center. Inkwell changes the photo to black and white with no further editing. Also, Kelvin increases saturation to give the photo a radiant glow, etc.

Stories Update

This feature was launched in August 2016, and it allows users to take photos, record videos and add different effects (i.e., temperature, location, stickers, filters, etc.) and layers and add it to the Instagram stories feed. This feature is similar to Snapchat,’ and it expires after 24 hours. Unlike posting to a profile that is restricted to 10 separate content, the Instagram stories feed allows users to post as many stories as they want. The live video functionality was added to the Stories feed in January 2017 which will enable users to go live and post videos.

IGTV

Instagram TV is a vertical video application launched in June 2018. This functionality is available on both the mobile app and the website interface. It was created to serve as a solution to the 60 seconds restriction on videos. Therefore, users can now upload videos up to 10 minutes with a maximum file size of 650 MB. However, verified and popular users have 60 minutes with a maximum file size of 5.4 GB.

Multiple Accounts

Instagram allows its users who are managing various accounts login and operate Instagram from a single phone. This feature favors social media managers and people who have personal and business profiles.

Instagram Direct

This feature was added in December 2013. It allows users to communicate via private messaging. Users can share photos, record audios and video chat with each other. This feature can be modified by the user limiting only followers to send messages; however, when a message is sent from an unknown person, the message is marked as pending until the user accepts. Users are allowed to delete their messages after sending them while notifying them when screenshots are captured. This measure is taken to promote user-privacy.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • It is Free: Instagram accounts are created at no cost. Users can post pictures, videos as much as they want at no extra charge.
  • Video Chatting: Users can make video calls with each other with the Instagram Direct feature.
  • Marketing: It creates a platform where business owners can reach a wide range of people thereby generating more sales conversion.
  • Privacy: Users can set their account to private and also delete messages in the inbox.

Cons

  • Large Space: Instagram takes up space for installation and functionality. The file size on iOS is about 200 MB and almost 50 MB on Android.

Different Versions

Instagram doesn’t have different versions. It has a version however for Android, iOS and Windows Phones downloadable on the respective stores with updates added frequently.

Compatibility

Instagram is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows 10 (Mobile and PC). It also has a website interface where users can log on from, check photos, updates, notification, etc.

FAQs

Q: What is the main purpose of Instagram?

A: Instagram is a social networking service. This platform allows users to upload photos, videos, converse with different users, get informed about the latest and trending news and meet more people. Many also use it as a medium of Marketing.

Q: Can I post on Instagram from my computer?

A: It is not possible to post on Instagram from a computer because it is not supported. The website interface only allow users to log in, check feeds, see notification and explore the service. Users cannot reply to direct messages and post pictures; Posts are limited to comments and Instagram stories.

Q: How can I contact Instagram directly?

A: First, check the help center. Second, send an email to [email protected]. You can also contact the support team by Tweeting at them or sending a message on the Facebook page.

Q: How do I log into Instagram?

A: For Android users, download the app from Google Play Store. For iOS users, download from the app store. Having downloaded the app from the appropriate stores, you can log in using the Login with Facebook feature or if you have an existing account, sign in with your username and password.

Q: Can Instagram block your IP address?

A: Yes, it is possible. In cases of extreme security concerns, Instagram can block specific IP addresses from accessing the service.

Q: Can you get banned from Instagram?

A: Yes, a user can get banned from Instagram. This ban also affects the creation of another account with the same username.

Q: What happens if I get reported on Instagram?

A: When a user is reported severally on Instagram, a response mail is sent to the user, and if the report is a valid violation of Instagram Terms and Service, the user can receive a warning or ban.

Q: How can you tell if you have been blocked on Instagram?

A: Search for the username, if the account shows up and you try to follow and the blue follow tick is replaced by ‘User Not Found,’ you’ve been blocked. Also, if you click on the profile and find ‘No Posts Yet,’ that is an “I have blocked you” response from the user.

Summary                                                         

Instagram is a social media networking service which allows users to post visual content, i.e., Photos, Videos on its platform. Instagram is free to use for everyone. It is one of the most popular networking platforms on the internet alongside Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter, etc. This service is available on Mobile and PCs. Users can also log in via its web interface here.

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