The photo-sharing app Instagram was released for Android this week. I have an Android phone and Instagram was basically the main reason why I wanted an iPhone; I can tell you that I am ecstatic to have access to the app. What is so awesome about Instagram? Well, it combines three items: life experience, fancy (aka easy) photo editing and social networks. The application allows users to share their world in a creative and easy way, so much so that it is hard to not think in terms of “what can I next share on Instagram?” The application is very realistic for my lifestyle because I already enjoy sharing photos of my life with friends. I previously used Little Photo as a photo editing application, which had a much larger variety of editing choices, but was not as simple and easy to navigate as Instagram is. Little Photo also was not formed as a social network.
Something to note: Since Instagram is a social networking application, it also owns rights to all photographs that users take and those photographs are public. I love that I live in a world in which we are able to share so much of our lives with each other, but it is valuable to pause at times and to consider what that means.