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My year on social media - Instagram

Instagram is just lovely. I wish I remembered to use it more often. The default behaviour is to be nice to people and say how much you like their picture. It's much more difficult to work up the energy to be nasty to people on Instagram. Everyone should use it. (Except nasty people, of course.)

Chances are if you're reading this that you've already added me on Instagram, but if not, please do; I am @nwbrux there as I am on Twitter.

My most liked picture on Instagram this year was taken in a Brussels pub, London Calling on Place de Londres, in November. It followed the announcements that the Brussels blogosphere Superhero, Captain Europe, was retiring and hanging up his cape for good; and that the Vice-President of the European Commission, Kristalina Georgieva, was resigning to take up a new job at the World bank. The Commissioner responded positively to an invitation posted in public on Twitter, and loads of people showed up, including me, to witness the meeting of two departing icons (who had never met before).

My second most liked Instagram picture was from just a few days ago - the evening of 24 December, to be precise.

The third most liked was also a seasonal picture, of me and some of my colleagues wearing a T-shirt supplied by Stow Shirts. We are an international crowd: the countries represented are, left to right, England, Italy, the Philippines, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Poland, Ireland, Slovenia, Romania/Hungary, and, kneeling, Italy again and Greece.

I'm already discovering the limitations of Dreamwidth. The Instagram embed code doesn't seem to work, and there doesn't seem to be an equivalent of the LJ Scrapbook (which I must now download and archive).

I've switched my primary blog to Dreamwidth. Feel free to comment here or there, but I will see it more quickly there.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 29th, 2016 03:15 pm (UTC)
I like Instagram for exactly the reasons you describe; it's a repository of pleasant memories, seasoned with approval and nice comments from friends. I'll add you on there. Also, hello, various people from different directions have suggested that I should know you.
Dec. 29th, 2016 10:22 pm (UTC)
I recommend you don't read the comments by flat-earthers on absolutely everything NASA ever posts on Instagram.
If nothing else, they bring out the nasty in me, I'm afraid.
Dec. 30th, 2016 07:15 pm (UTC)
well obviously I love that the EU shirt photo is well-liked! I too have had remarkably few negative comments on Instagram (which, given that I was advertising there via Facebook, and that I was cleaning negative comments off Facebook on an hourly basis at the peak of sales, is excellent). I have a t-shirt-selling pal who's made all his money via free Instagram traffic, and a second one who had a shirt go super-viral as a result of a single $15 paid placement on Instagram, so I'm definitely planning to up my game there in 2017.
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