Advantages of Instagram and Vimeo Over Other Social Media/Network SitesPosted: December 7, 2011
As my research progresses on Instagram and Vimeo, I have been noticing some advantages these media sharing services have over more widespread media like YouTube or social media services like Facebook.
When I first began my research it was difficult to understand why someone wouldn’t just use Facebook as their platform for sharing their photos or videos. Facebook has expanded its community and possibilities for bringing your art to viewers, however, I’ve seen the advantages these more specialized communities can provide.
An advantage of putting my pictures on Instagram is because I can transform the feel of my pictures. All of the filters allow me to frame my pictures in a different light, which adds a little bit of creativity and increases the artistic value of my photo. You don’t have the luxury of doing this on Facebook. Instagram also provides a really easy way to share photos, so my family and friends can have easy access to all of them at one time. I told my parents to join Instagram, so they have started following me and it gives them tid bits of my life. They are thrilled they can see when something is important in my life happens and I share it on Instagra. I’ve also found it very useful that it allows me to share my pictures on Facebook and Twitter. It is basically effortless to share my pictures on different platforms so all of my communities across the internet can see them. I’ve been taking advantage of the seamless integration with social integration.
Vimeo proves to have a greater advantage of posting your videos on their site as opposed to just on Facebook. This is because of the opportunities for exposure it gives you, except for the fact that the video I uploaded has only gotten one view! I think this is because I haven’t reached out to make connections, but they are there. That will be my next step in this project. My video doesn’t really show a point of view, but I imagine if your video actually has something to say it is easier for it get noticed on Vimeo, where it is surrounded by artistic videos. Another cool feature of Vimeo is that it gives you a weekly update on how many people viewed your video, how many watched it from start to finish, and where your viewers are located. This can help me target my audience and see how successful it is. In order to protect the security of my video, Vimeo allows me to choose between who I want to share it with. I can allow the public to view my video, certain friends, or specific groups. I currently put my security level to only let my friends view my video, which could be why I don’t have as many views as I would like.