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  • me 11:22 am on January 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Instagram   

    On Instagram and growth 

    At first, I was excited to read this:
    You Can Now Post Full Size Instagram Pics To Facebook (And Timeline).

    But on second thought, I’m not so sure.

    What’s interesting to me about incredible growth of Instagram is that it has occured inside a very small (for lack of a better term coming to mind) area of exsposure.

    instagram.com/oiler

    In other words, Instagram users are iPhone users and only iPhone users.

    And at first I thought that was limiting their success. But it could just be that is a key reason they have exploaded the way they have.

    As a long time Android user, I’ve been watching Instagram from the sidelines. I see my family and friends use it daily but I couldn’t break in to the community because there was no app for my Sprint-powered Nexus S.

    In a way, it reminds me of early 2006 when I was working with a group of college seniors on a political campaign. I’d watch them spend all day with facebook.com open in their browsers and it didn’t take me long to know I wanted needed in. But I had to wait. I didn’t have a .edu email address. I wasn’t a part of the group.

    Now think about Instagram. How do you view Instagram photos? Discovery is frequently made on Twitter and until now less frequently made on Facebook. But really the only way to view a river feed of photos is within the app. The whole experience, really, is inside their iOS app. That’s really limiting their audience and in a way I think contributing to its growth. Not everyone can have it. But it seems like everyone is using it. And the people that are actually using it share a commonality (in this case, iOS). Sounds a lot like Facebook, circa 2006.

    So in mid-Decemeber, I bought an unlocked iPhone (more on that later).
    And now I’ve finally become a part of the Instagram community.

    But now I wonder what the future holds for a company that (perhaps unintentionally) has thrived on such exclusivity.

     
  • me 2:34 pm on September 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chrome, Digital Archives, Instagram, Reader, Todo.txt, ,   

    Part of the reason I have this blog is to remember/search for things I read or see and want to reference at a later date.

    So when I find myself trying to remember something I read a week or so ago, I need to post it here.

    Did I Instapaper it? Favorite it on Twitter? Share in Reader? Bookmark sync is in Chrome? Send it to todo.txt?

    All of these are possibilites. Yikes.

    Anyhow, here’s the thing had to go back and find today.
    It wasn’t easy to remember where I read it. But I’m glad I found it.

    http://markjaquith.wordpress.com/2010/11/12/post-formats-vs-custom-post-types/

    CUSTOM POST TYPES
    These were poorly named. Think: Custom Content Types. That is, non-post content. Examples: employees, products, attachments, menu items, pages, pets. If you want it to show up in your site’s main RSS feed, then it’s probably not a custom post type.

    POST FORMATS
    A Post Format is a formatting designation made to a post. For example, a post could be a short “aside,” or a Kottke.org-style link post, or a video post, or a photo gallery post. The data you input might be slightly different — video post should contain a video, an aside should probably not be very long, a link post should have a link. And the way that the post is displayed on the site might be very different — an aside will typically be displayed without a title, a link post may have the title point to the link. A video post may be wider, or have social sharing buttons auto-appended. But they’re all still posts. They still show up in your feed, and you still find them in the Posts section of the WordPress backend.

     
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