After giving it a try on the video of the Australian model who blamed Instagram for ruining her life, there are several points I both agree and disagree. In fact, I have stated my opinions towards this platform before. We can buy followers and likes depending on the budget we have. What about Shoutout? Yes, we can absolutely buy a shoutout account to promote our Instagrams also. To me, it seems like Instagram has turned to a business equipment when brands can scout for the influencers, while some can get obsessed with fame, numbers of followers, etc. The truth is I often give a break from Instagram because I feel disgusted with these facts, however, I do think that it is one of the great social channels to build the profiles, especially for bloggers like us, Instagram can be our portfolios too. I have had my account 'Thequinoxfashion' for 1.5 year, and this is my opinion.
During my participation with Adidas Neo, I told them that the reason why I loved using the Instagram was because of the 'aesthetic visual' Our accounts are our own portfolios! I think the way each of us post a photo differently is good for presenting our creativity individually. Our themes are different, and so do our styles. Instagram can somehow tell the personality of the users, which it is very interesting. Particularly, some companies require the social media when the candidates applying for the job also. I do not really like the idea of giving Facebook to the HR because it is my personal. So, I prefer Instagram because it contains only visual no words. My FB consists of too many rude words, and I think it is too personal lol. Unless any of us want to post whatever including drunk and party photos, just forget about this point ok.
It is normal for brands to discover bloggers, and bloggers discover brands. I have received emails saying 'we found you on Instagram' Which it is quite handy. We do not need to search Google, or ask for a PR email address when Instagram says it all. I love discovering new boutiques, and young talented brands. I don't know some of them have really good designs, and characters. More unique, more creative!
I have to admit that Instagram really helps me connect with other fellow bloggers from all around the world. From UK, to Japan, Australia, it feels good to get to know people, though we live 10,000 miles away from one another. My closed friends are not a fashion blogger, so they may not be able to give me some suggestions regarding the topic about blogging. However, this platform has led me to the opportunities when I could meet other bloggers in person. Actually, I always get excited (every time!) when I have a chance to meet the users behind the accounts I have followed. It is like WHOA! YOU ARE REAL, AND NOW WE ARE HERE!!
There are good and bad when using the Instagram, but it really depends on how we use it. I use it for myself, because I don't want this technology to consume my life, and the way I think. It really doesn't matter how many followers we have, it is all about the aesthetic and memory we want to create.