Instagram continues to grow rapidly and is now more popular as a social network among young users than Facebook. Like any network, Instagram has its peculiarities to watch out for. What’s up app explains what kids do with the app and what parents should look for.
The Instagram boom is remarkable: One year after launching the app in 2010, the platform already has a million users – meanwhile, 15 million people in Germany are on the platform at least once a month, reports the US company. Worldwide, 800 million accounts are active, 500 million of them daily.
According to JIM study 2017, Instagram compared to 2016 with 57 percent regular users (2016: 51 percent) could easily expand its position in the media life of young people. When asked about the most important app personally for her (up to three mentions possible), four out of ten respondents named Instagram.
What can the app do?
Instagram is an application that you can download for free on your smartphone. Instagram is best known for the various filters used to beautify the images and videos before they are posted, and the square shape reminiscent of old Kodak or Polaroid prints.
If a user account is set up, users can create picture and video messages and publish them in a profile on Instagram’s own social network. As in other networks, you can follow other profiles and get displayed in the personal home area, the current highlights of the following users on his smartphone.
Take photos and videos
Initially, you could only put photos online on Instagram and beautify them with said filters. So many pictures got a supposed retro character – especially since the photos are posted in square format. Since 2013, users also have the opportunity to put short clips online, also in typical Instagram look. At the same time, additional functions can be used to create collages and other video applications that constantly change and expand.
Similar to the short message service Twitter, the individual posts can be tagged with hashtags: These are keywords that are put after a hash (#) to make the photos and videos discoverable even for those who do not follow their own account.
With the help of the hashtags, entire thematic worlds can be found on Instagram: For example, users can use the hashtag #foodporn to present their culinary highlights, from a sandwich to a laid-back dinner board. Depending on the privacy setting, Instagramer or Hashtag can independently browse the photos of others via their respective profiles.
Like, comment, chat
Whether a posting in the community arrives well, recognized by the “likes”, so the “likes” information, which is also known from Facebook. Enthusiastic reactions can also be left as text in the comments function directly under the respective image or video. With the “Instagram Direct” function, users can also be contacted directly and privately.
You can be notified when other people like or comment on the published content, you have been tagged in a picture, or when you have been sent a picture. These messages should be deselected as far as possible or limited only to “people whom I follow”, so that the mobile phone does not constantly vibrate for every little thing.
Since an update in August 2016, users can also share several pictures and videos in a slideshow, which disappears after 24 hours. These images can also be edited creatively through various tool settings, such as adding a funny speech bubble. Via “Instagram Direct”, users can exchange private stories about these stories.