Meg Makes: Figuring out - and enjoying - Instagram

Meg Makes: Figuring out - and enjoying - Instagram

This week, I attended a Mid-America Press Institute workshop on smartphone journalism with several other News-Gazette staffers.

Mobile journalism wizard Val Hoeppner, who is director of education at the Diversity Institute, led it and I learned some amazing stuff.

Blog PhotoShe promised toward the beginning of the workshop that attendees would be on Instagram by the end of the day. In my case, she was right.

I'm in my second full day of using the photo-based social medium and I am in love.

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The filters are great, but the photo editor on my phone has similar ones. What I'm really loving is the social aspect - it's incredibly easy to share the photos I take, and see what other people are posting.

Val told us that people love visuals on social media, and so far, she's right. Blog PhotoThis morning, I posted a photo of the card I got for my sixth anniversary of working at The News-Gazette, and more people have liked it than when I just tweeted about it.

I'm also enjoying the fact that it seems to be acceptable to take gratuitous photos of my dog and the flowers in my garden.

And Val also recommended a tool called Webstagram, which is an Instagram viewer that allows you to embed galleries, create RSS feeds and keep an eye on things that are trending.

I know I'm years late on Instagram, which makes me wonder - what other wonderful, smartphone relating things am I Blog Photomissing out on? I also signed up for Evernote Wednesday, but haven't had the time to figure it out.

Do any of you readers have more recommendations?


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