Instagram, the little iPhone app that could (and it is little, with only four employees) netted 100,000 new followers over the weekend, bringing its total to 5 million strong.
Let me be the first (or 5,000,000th) to say I love Instagram. Since I have no time to go out and take pictures with an actual camera, this cute little app with its multitude of photo filters lets me pretend I still have an artistic side.
Since I’m a journalism nerd, I particularly enjoy how other news organizations find a way to incorporate Instagram into editorial features. For instance, Alyson Hurt, an interactive designer with NPR, frequently makes her Instagram followers (or maybe just me) jealous whenever she Instagrams photos from the doorway of the popular “Tiny Desk Concerts” broadcasts.
The only downside? Only iPhone-toting technophiles can use it, so Instagram can seem like a bit of a closed channel — especially to Droid users. This is the one social network with just a hint of exclusivity about it.
However, a clever “Insta-hack” called Webstagram might save the day. It opens up the Instagram view to everyone and displays user profiles, follower counts and photo streams. (Thanks for the heads up, Greg.)
So, now that I’ve mentioned an easy way to browse, tell me: What’s your favorite Instagram photo? Use #MyFaveInstagram and I’ll add it to this list: