My favorite iPhone app, without any hesitation, is Instagram. A free photo sharing app which lets you take a shot of whatever your heart desires using your iPhone, apply one of many cool filters, write a caption and share it.
Photos are displayed in a square shape, paying homage to Polaroids or the Kodak Instamatic.
Once you take your shot, you can choose to just share it on Instagram or you can also post it to one of many social media community sites, including twitter and facebook. I love looking at everyone’s instagram shots on twitter. Sunsets, food, fashion and buildings are my favorites. East coast architecture with a vintage filter appears to be taken decades ago until you look closely and see modern cars parked on the street.
You can follow other instagram users on the iPhone app and it’s web based third party software, Inkstagram. There is a search option to find photos of interest. I was surprised to see several “likes” from users I don’t know and who weren’t following me when I posted a picture of my handbag filled with gym shoes. I soon realized my fellow Balenciaga lovers had found me via search. You can also like or comment on a photo that moves you.
The photos are also saved in your iPhone photos and can be loaded onto your laptop or desktop photo software. Instagram enables those of us without an expensive camera and skills in photography to have a little fun with photography. We can document the everyday moments in our life in a fun way.
This past Wednesday, Instagram users around the world bonded in city InstaMeets, proving once again, the true power of social media is when users take their relationships beyond the screen to real life. See the Instagram blog for some cool shots in Austin and other cities.