So that was Instagram, Now What?Posted: December 6, 2011
After spending a few hours playing around with Instagram, I gained a few followers and uploaded around 15 pictures! I realized that there is nothing super complex or puzzling about it, although it is entertaining and fun to look at all the pictures and upload your own. Because of this I decided to choose another media sharing service that you could do more than upload pictures on, which is how I came across Vimeo. So now you may ask…what is Vimeo?
Vimeo is a video sharing website that was founded in 2004 and has about 3 million users today. It’s basic steps are very similar to Instagram because all you have to do is…
- Upload a video
- Choose who to share it with
- View other peoples videos
It took me a little while to navigate around this website at first in order to understand its purpose. To me this website seems to be geared toward a more professional crowd who values art because of the way it really tries you to get you to form communities, follow channels, and become interested in other peoples videos. This website is not for editing, however, I did download the Vimeo phone application which allows you to do basic edits to your video like add music or sounds to it. I think they were also trying to work off the principle of simplicity.
I wasn’t exactly sure what to do on my first experience on this website because none of my videos seem “professional enough” or high quality to add to the website. It does come off as a little intimidating because the featured videos looks like they could be produced by Steven Spielberg! I decided to create a login, a profile page, and subscribe to a few channels that seemed interesting to me like Cities in Minutes. I also explored the possibilities of creating groups of followers in which you can categorize into family, friends, coworkers, or however you choose to divide the people you know into. This obviously makes for sharing videos really simple. I think my biggest challenge with this website will be to gain attention and a following.
The general design of a channel on Vimeo
My profile page on Vimeo