Become famous on social media

Allen Bell left a comment:

Your passion is teaching us at a time when social media is running rampant! Definitely need to know something about using a camera today.

Well, there is the option to simply not care about social media. Surely there are people in the world who don’t post every day on social media and they are doing just fine. Aren’t there?

But can I teach someone to become famous on social media? I can’t make myself famous because I’m a boring middle-aged man, and no one cares about people like that. But I do believe that I have the ability to curate the social media feeds of someone inherently more interesting and photogenic than me, and make them insta-famous.

Leave a comment if you’re interested. (I expect to share the profits, I’m not going to do it for free. But probably, this call for action will be a failure, because the kind of people who are inherently interesting wouldn’t be reading this blog. Can you imagine Justin Bieber reading this blog? I can’t.)

The fake war photographer

I actually think it was pretty cool that he was able to become Instagram-famous by stealing other people’s photos. I’m always impressed by a good hoax.

But what does it actually mean to be famous if you use selfies of some good looking guy as a stand in for yourself? (Probably, the guy behind the fake account is not as good looking. I am sure he’s a guy, I can’t imagine a woman pulling a hoax like this.)

Things I hate on Instagram, part 3: people who post zillions of photos

I hate it when people post huge numbers of photos to the same tag. Post one photo, two a day at the most. Give other people an opportunity to have their photos seen.

Instagram could fix this problem of obnoxious user behavior by placing a limit on how many photos you see from a particular user if they post too many photos with the same tag. Instagram could also give us the ability to hide a particular user whom we never want to see again. Instagram could put some limits (or stricter limits than currently exist) on how many tags you can add to a single photo.

While the people who run Instagram could do these things, for reasons unknown to me, they choose not to.

Things I hate on Instagram, part 2: ads and nag messages

After Facebook took over, of course they started ruining things with their capitalistic greed. Now we see annoying ads in the stream of new photos that people we follow posted.

And the nag screens: the app will nag you to verify your email address (so they can spam you with email) and nag you to turn on notifications so the app can bug you even when you’re not using it (so that you increase your engagement and view more ads).

Big thumbs down to Mark Zuckerberg. He’s already worth $70 billion, how much richer does he have to be? Give us an ad-free nag-free app, you can afford it.

Things I hate on Instagram, part 1: watermarks

Adding a watermark signature to a photo instantly makes it ugly and tacky. Let people view your photos without some ugly watermark blocking it. Only painters are allowed to put visible signatures on their works.

Maybe people think the watermark will prevent their photos from being “stolen”? Indeed, an ugly watermark does make a photo less appealing to borrow. But so what if someone borrows your photo? There are tens of billions of photos on Instagram, and more are being posted every day. With so many photos floating around cyberspace, your photo isn’t anything special, so don’t fool yourself into thinking that a relatively low-resolution version of your photo is worth any money.