Instagram is a social media site that was released in 2010 as an app for iPhone users. Instagram has since been purchased by Facebook and is now also compatible with Android phones. Instagram grew by 23% in 2013 and it still growing in popularity. The idea behind Instagram is to allow people to share interesting photos, in an easy format, and without the need for an expensive camera. On Instagram you can take (or upload) pictures in a square shape similar to a Polaroid, and then edit your picture with a simple filter to share with friends and family.

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The Good

  • Mobile app available
  • Unique filters
  • Free account

Instagram is great app if you enjoy sharing photography with your friends and family in a quick and simple format. If you have never used Instagram before, it is similar to Facebook and Twitter, but the focus of each post is a photograph. Here is what we like:

  • Free mobile app
  • Picture editing
  • Unique filters
  • Explore pictures
  • Post pictures and videos
  • Search with hashtags
  • Follow posts from friends
  • No storage restrictions
  • Location tags
  • Direct messaging

These reasons and more make Instagram a great social platform for photos. The free downloadable app is simple and intuitive. What really sets Instagram apart is the easy picture editing. Not only can you adjust the contrast, brightness, and sharpness of your photos; but also you can personalize each photo with flattering, adjustable filters that give your photo a unique look.

Instagram also leaves space for your comments about your photo so you can document memories, jokes, or a hashtag so your friends can search for your photo. Your friends and family can see your posts by following you and when they see a photo they appreciate, a simple double tap will like the photo.

The Bad

  • Limited storage
  • No organizational tools
  • Limited features

Although Instagram is an excellent social media site, it doesn't offer a lot of photo storage options or any photo organization. Instagram simply displays posts from newest to oldest. Because of this formatting, you do not have the ability to rearrange or group photos in a different order. Here are a few other concerns:

  • Minimal privacy protection
  • Strict censorship
  • Low resolution
  • Sponsored advertisements
  • No automatic syncing is offered
  • No downloading
  • No Zoom

One big concern with Instagram is their privacy policy. Instagram does not offer a privacy protection program and all posted photos are considered public domain. This means that Instagram or any other company can use your posted pictures without even asking. Instagram is a great app for the social factor, but if you are serious about photography software this is not the app for you. Instagram does not support bulk picture uploads and it actually lowers the resolution of pictures that have too high of a pixilation count.

The Bottom Line

We would highly recommend Instagram as a fun, social, photo-sharing site. If you are concerned about the privacy of your photos or looking to share photos in bulk, then this is not the app for you. However, Instagram is a user-friendly application that connects family and friends through posted pictures. If you like taking pictures, you should definitely give Instagram a try.

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Instagram is an easy and fun way to share memories and life events with family and friends. It has great content as well from famous people or organizations I am interested in.

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A Craw

June 8th, 2018 Draper, UT

I love how Instagram helps me edit pictures. I love the format and inspiration that comes from posts.

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I really like Instagram! The only problem have with instagram is all the inappropriate images you can see without even trying to see them. One day as I was scrolling through the feed an ad popped up and it was an inappropriate image. But other than that I really enjoy the app instagram!

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I love Instagram! It is super easy and fun to use.

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It is a great way to share your photos and talk to old friends.

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I prefer IG over all the other social sites - not much drama attached to posts and love the security

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This is fun app to share quick photos with your family and friends and I have enjoyed using it. I don't do it very often but find that it is easy to use and to edit your photos.

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I've been using Instagram for about a year, and I love sharing pictures.

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Instgram is a great way to contact friends and share pictures.

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Charlotte Ash

December 19th, 2017 Sandy, UT

I've used Instagram but I like Facebook better. Easier to use for someone my age.

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I love using Instagram to post pictures of my family. I have my account linked up to Chatbooks so I can get my best pictures printed so my children can enjoy them to. This App makes it possible for me to keep a photo journal for my family that we will treasure forever!

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Cassidy Gundersen

December 18th, 2017 Orem, UT

I use Instagram every day. It’s not so much a place to store all of your photos, just the good ones. I love using Instagram though.

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I like instagram for sharing photos, but there are some things I don't like about it.

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It is a great way to share photos. It is very simple to use. Instagram recently added new features to edit photos which is great. It helps you stand out and be unique on the platform.

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Jacinda E

December 14th, 2017 Sandy, UT

I share photos to Instagram because it is easier to keep track of friends instead of all the adds on Facebook.

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I have had the best experience with Instagram. I love how easy it is to post and review photos.

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Kaylee

December 13th, 2017 West Jordan, UT

Easy to use and is a good way to connect with people if you only want to see pictures and videos. Only thing that should be improved is that you can't easily see if someone is following you back.

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Lindsey

December 10th, 2017 American Fork, UT

Instagram is my favorite social media photo sharing site. The interface is very beautiful and easy to navigate. It's extremely user-friendly, and gives nice filters and editing tools for sharing your photos.

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Krista

November 21st, 2017 Provo, UT

I have been able to grow my social media with Instagram. It is very straight forward in how to use it compared to other social media platforms. I have had to mark a few comments as spam and Instagram deleted them immediately with no issues. I don't like how I can only use my phone to upload photos and it's not compatible with sites that help run social media platforms.

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Derek Heiner

November 4th, 2017 Centerville, UT

I like how easy and efficient Instagram is when sharing photos. The process to upload them is so quick and easy to use anyone can do it. This is probably my favorite photo sharing apps. The display in the app makes things really nice to look at as well.

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Pete

October 31st, 2017 Centerville, UT

Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms. I really enjoy the simplicity of it. It's also one of the best platforms for businesses. It's really easy to get people to recognize your business and give them a chance to follow you. It's helped me spread the word about my business.

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Blake Wilcox

June 13th, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT

I use instagram all the time. I love all of the different edits that they offer, and it is really easy to connect your post to Facebook. The best part is the privacy setting and that you can make your account private.

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Lindsay H.

June 10th, 2017 Draper, UT

I really like Instagram and have used it for several years. I travel a lot, so it's a great way to share my travel photos with family and friends, as well as keep them in one place so that I can look back on them later. I love being able to see the pictures that my family and friends post too. Awesome free photo sharing platform!

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Jonny Hancock

June 7th, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT

Instagram truly is an easy way to stay connected with your friends. Recently, Instagram has made major improvements with their private photo/video sharing capabilities. I would highly recommend Instagram to anyone searching to stay connected to people they care about.

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Sav Flo

June 7th, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT

I am a big fan of Instagram because its a great way to quickly post a memory and share a little thought. I enjoy Instagram more than Facebook because there are less ads. I like the quick Instagram videos that can be made too! Oh and one of the things that I have liked the most is being able to post multiple pictures at once.

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Carol Hancock

June 6th, 2017

instagram is my go to media sight. I use instagram multiple times during the day it keeps me in touch with my friends and family. I like how you can put multiple pictures on one post. That has helped in some of the annoying over posting of the same event

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Christopher Haueter

June 5th, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT

I like instagram for sharing photos with family and friends but I hate that there is a lot of pornography on it as well. Any time that I went to the browse option, inappropriate things would come on to my page and I had to get rid of instagram because of that. But it's nice that my wife has it because we can stay connected with friends and family and know what they are doing.

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Maile Curtis

June 2nd, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT

Instagram is my favorite. I love that you can post multiple pictures now in one post. I like how simple the app is. However, i wish they had an option to use instagram on the computer.