Dear Instagram (a letter) by Emily Margaret

Dear Instagram,

I don't often get involved in matters like this, but as you're near and dear to my heart, I had to let you know my feelings. I often declare my love for you, as you're my favorite social media. I love the beautiful photographs, your design, and the sense of community. Because of you, I have found many fantastic businesses, joined communities, networked, and have made many new friends. You're a constant source of inspiration to me.

Unlike other social networks (facebook & twitter), up until now you have allowed us users to choose what we want to see in our newsfeeds. No confusing algorithms or paid posts to boosts views. For small business owners like me, this is a very important thing, and has been one of the main reasons why I love you so.

But now, dear Instagram, you are straining our relationship. On Tuesday, you announced that to improve my experience, my feed will soon be ordered to show the moments you believe I care about the most. And that's the thing- I don't want you to change. I love you the way you are. I don't want you to decide what I see.

You may say that this won't matter, that this will make things better between us, but I've been there before. Because I am loyal to you and really do like you, I'll be staying around to see how things go. I'm not breaking up with you and I'm hoping for the best, but I just wanted you to know how this makes me feel. 

What are your thoughts on instagram's recent updates?

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4 reasons Instagram is my favorite social media platform by Emily Margaret

There are more types of social media out there than the average person can keep up with and effectively use, with a new one seeming to pop up every week. I prefer to keep things simple, focusing on facebook, twitter, and instagram, with the latter being my favorite. Why do I love instagram so much? Let me count the ways...

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  1. Simple and clean interface. As you can tell by my blog, I'm a big fan of clean designs with white space. I love that instagram's design is very simple and focuses on the visual content, rather than having adds running in a sidebar or large text breaks.
  2. Beautiful photos. There are so, so many talented people using instagram sharing thousands of gourgeous photos. It's a photographer's dream.
  3. #Hashtags. When these things first appeared on the web, no one was completely sure how to use them, but now they're one of my favorite things. I use a few of my own to curate my photos (#emilymargaretphotography, #emilymargreads), and a few of my favorite popular hastags are #thatsdarling, #itssimplytuesday, #vscocam, and #liveauthentic.
  4. Networking and new friends. Through instagram, I've found a local group of creative entrepreneurs, made new friends, met online friends in person, and collaborated with other creatives. It's truly a unique and fun community of creative people.

What is your favorite social media platform? How has it helped you grow relationships and develop your creativity?