By Joey Martino and Jack Walzer
The art of photography and photo-sharing has been around ever since the camera was invented in 1814. Sharing photographs was more challenging pre web 2.0 due to the tedious process of developing film and the physical aspect of sharing a photo. Things got easier with the emergence of Polaroids, however photo-sharing was advanced with the invention of the digital camera. The digital camera helped people to take pictures with ease, and allowed them to share pictures in a matter of seconds. Multiple websites were created for photo-sharing which paved the way for Instagram. Instagram launched in 2010, creating a platform for sharing photos with your friends. The first adapters to Instagram were obviously millennials, and it was only a matter of time until this app took off. Instagram is able to influence the social, economic and culture aspects of social media by sharing photos. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. The app was soon picked up by children, adults and even companies trying to get a voice on this platform. Instagram has created the ability to share your direct experience or thought in a matter of seconds.
In the essay we read for class, it discussed how Web 2.0 has slowly evolved from very simple ideas from the old days. It showed how all the new ideas on the Web all have a base that is rooted in some simpler idea that they expanded upon. The article also discussed how this new wave of technology is more user friendly and based on interacting with each other and sharing your lives. Instagram is Web 2.0 because it connects users through pictures, videos and stories. Instagram advances on the art of photography and photo sharing. It now makes these tasks much easier and gives other ways to share your memories.
Its early innovation came about because its creators, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krueger, knew that there would be a market for picture sharing on the internet. This small app was pretty popular in the beginning. It evolved into the next phase because although the app was taking off, they knew there was much more that their users wanted, so they expanded into videos. The largest force was when Facebook bought the app. This revolutionized the app, bringing many strong features to it. They used their previous knowledge from working on Facebook to code the app differently so the timeline works differently. They also added stories and multiple pictures or videos in one post.
Instagram has evolved from a small app for sharing pictures into much more. Instagram was acquired by Facebook in 2012, continuing its growth. Over the years, Instagram has implemented new functions adding to its popularity and growth. Instagram now allows its users to create videos, stories and even live videos. Instagram currently has over 600 million users and is constantly adding more. The advancement of web 2.0 allows Instagram to grow by adding new features while also sticking to its roots of photo-sharing.