Instagram for insta-photo sharing goodness

InstagramIf you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you may be seeing some friends posting and sharing their photos through a service called Instagram and wondering what exactly it is. And why their photos look so awesome.

Instagram is a free iPhone app that is essentially a social network for photos, allowing you to not only to take photos and share them, but also edit and apply beautiful effects and filters to them that can make even that fuzzy candid of your toddler fishing his boot out of the toilet look pretty darn beautiful.

Instagram is similar to Hipstamatic, only there isn’t that horrible wait time while the settings load, and you can take the photo before you commit to a filtered effect. After you’ve got your pic, it’s easy to configure your settings to share on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, and a few other social networks. Or just upload it to your own Instagram stream.

Like Twitter, you can follow other users (it’s easy to find them through your social network accounts without spamming them thanks to matching email addresses), and like or comment on photos. But if nothing else, you can follow no one, keep your account private, and simply email the grandparents the pretty family portraits you’ve been snapping with your phone. –Jeana

Download the free Instagram app from the iPhones store for iPhone. It should be available soon for Android.

Jeana Lee Tahnk is a prolific tech writer, crafty mom, and passionate fan of any products that make it easier to raise three children. She's been immersed in the high-tech world for about 15 years, or since Mark Zuckerberg was in the 7th grade.


  • Reply January 12, 2011

    Kathy O

    I have already found Instagram, and LOVE it!! It’s like a twitter for photos! Very cool stuff! I’m on there as @amberele. Come join IG!!

  • I love this app. I use it all the time now. I’m obsessed. My goal is to get on the popular page. One of these days….

  • Reply September 21, 2011


    I LOVE Instagram. It’s my favorite social network right now! I’ve made “friends” from all over the world, and have learned a lot about taking pictures – and have gotten some really beautiful shots using only my iPhone 4! The people on Instagram are great, helpful and really encouraging. It’s no wonder i’m addicted! (Oh, and I love the update!) :)

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