Video on Instagram and Hashtags on Facebook…What’s Next?

I have a lot of work to do today, so I’ll keep this brief.

On Instagram’s official blog today, it was announced that they now offer video in addition to static images.

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce Video on Instagram and bring you another way to share your stories. When you go to take a photo on Instagram, you’ll now see a movie camera icon. Tap it to enter video mode, where you can take up to fifteen seconds of video through the Instagram camera.

I’ve been on Vine and Lightt for a while here, and I personally like the fact that video and photo were separate apps. Don’t get me wrong – video is fun and all, but I guess I just like good old photographs and being able to quickly ignore anything I don’t care about. I feel like so many social networking sites get saturated with a bunch of junk after a while, and to me, that is where this is leading.

For example, when Facebook started, it was ONLY students. It didn’t have ads all over the place, and it didn’t have javascript junk on it. It ran quickly and simply. I loved it for that- a great alternative that the mess MySpace became after getting so popular.

At that time, I was still young enough to care if my parents were on my social networking sites, so it was nice to have a venue where I could “hang out” with my friends online. Then Facebook became popular and with it, became spammy and my parents got on it. I don’t really care now, because I’m older and I do what I want. I’m still on Facebook just because it is the easiest and still cleanest of social networking sites to keep in touch with family and friends across the country.

Twitter was a pretty quick loss too. My feed is way too much spam, and the people that I care to talk to on it, text me or call me in real life.

Instagram already has a ton of spam on it, and I see video implementation creating a ton of commercials. I hate commercials. I don’t want to be advertised to anymore. :/

I think I’ll stick with Vine for now, which is still in its infancy enough where it is fun.

As for the hash tags on Facebook that popped up about a week ago, I am sad that one can no longer use them ironically. Sometimes, it’s nice to keep it clean & simple.

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