(Editors note: This post was originally written for Latina Bloggers Connect)
Instagram recently announced a change in their algorithm, which, as many of you saw, sent the Instagramming community off the deep end. Users started requesting that notifications be turned on, which does nothing. They started several petitions to keep things the way they are with the hope that Instagram would say “My bad, you’re right.” Not happening. I’m pretty sure Instagram went over all of the pros and cons before deciding to announce that user experience is slowly going to change. In all its simplicity, it’s a brilliant app that changed the landscape of visual communication online. Let’s give them the credit of understanding how users can get the best experience out of it, shall we?
Here’s the deal: Instagram has grown substantially since its start in 2010. There are now more than 400 million monthly users. Let that sink in for a minute. That’s a lot of content. Our feeds are filled with amazing photos and stories of people around the world doing extraordinary things inspiring us to live healthier lives, travel and dream. We get to see what our long-distance friends and loved ones are up to, and live vicariously through their images. There’s a tremendous amount of power in that.