Instagram, as I’m sure you all know, is a photo-sharing app where users can post photos and videos onto their profiles. Users are also able to double-tap and ‘like’ other posts as well as comment on their photos. Similarly to Twitter, Instagram has a Direct Messaging service that users can send pictures to each other on and messages.
The reason I believe that Instagram is now an online community is due to the ‘cliques’ that you can find on Instagram. There’s many different types of communities that make one large one such as fitness, food, beauty, fashion, comedy and quote instagrams. All of these separate parts of Instagram build what it the larger community.
The users of Instagram that choose to be a part of a certain community can benefit from it due to things such as being able to make friends, contacts within a certain industry, feel closer to a celebrity that they’re a fan of etc. However a downside to the communal aspect of Instagram is that although lots of people may feel included in a community there is no platform for them on Instagram to discuss what they share, like and comment on. Although if Instagram were to introduce a feature like this the app may seem too similar to other platforms like Tumblr.
I guess the main question is, how could Instagram integrate things from other apps and social media sites to make it more community-friendly?