Hello ECI 832!
It has been a wonderful journey so far this semester and I have been having lot of fun with few interesting apps that our youths are using today. I guess my question on why these apps are so popular among our youngsters has been answered and I think around these apps no wonder that our kids feel as if they are in candy store. As I have stated before in my previous posts, as an educator I feel that it is important that we have deep understanding about the applications and programs that our students are using and if we are equipped with appropriate knowledge about theses popular apps we will be in the position to point our students in right direction and make them a responsible and efficient digital user and an ideal digital citizen. SO, here I am starting my journey on reviewing Instagram.
Unlike me, if you are an active social app user or have a young technology user around you, then you should have come across Instagram. This is a popular social media application which is quite interesting among our youngsters today. The application was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and launched in October 2010. Instagram is a digital photo sharing and social networking application which permits the user to share photos and videos to their followers. The application is available for both android and IOS users and presently having more than 90 million active users around the world.
Instagram allows its users to upload photos and videos and share it with their followers by adding various digital filters. The application makes it quite interesting and realistic because of its geotags feature as the user can add the location from where they are sharing the content. It facilitates the use to post living moments and I guess this feature drew most of its current users towards it. The user can also incorporate hashtags to their posts and link the images or videos to the other content on the Instagram. An instagrammer can upload images and videos while the others follow the users feeds and geotags with the user’s name and whereabouts. The applications allow a user to set their account as private which creates a requirement that any new followers must seek an approval and only when the request is approved the followers can view the feeds or comment on it. The app also allows the user to connect the Instagram account with other social networking sites, allowing them to share uploaded images or videos to those sites. The hashtag embedding feature in Instagram benefit users see both multimedia messages and other instagrammer’s. After its launch, the application took the whole process of creating and sharing multimedia messages to a different level, with its flashy filters and cool sharing options within no time it gained popularity among youngsters.
Social media tools have evolved as an integral part of our youth and has become a backbone of the way how they communicate these days. They connect to each other, share news, calendar things. It must not be a surprise for us as educators that they also use these tools for school work. As I have stated before no digital tool is fundamentally evil and If someone wants to be mischievous and misuse it, they can and they will find ways but the same platform can be used positively in many ways and I think we can direct them to use it in a responsible and useful manner. Instagram has so much to offer and also offers many apprehensions, in coming days I’ll be analyzing more about the applications platform, its terms of services, privacy and security implications and mainly its educational value and how best we can use in educational context. For now, I would love to hear about your thoughts and concerns on Instagram?