Instagram is a free, popular form of social media which enables photo-sharing. More than 100 million users worldwide use Instagram to create and share their pictures in a photo stream, and follow others through their photos.
Instagram offers instant sharing to other popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Foursquare. Instagram followers are able to interact with the photos of those they follow by commenting or “liking” the images. Mike Krieger, one of the co-founders of Instagram, studied how user interfaces can positively impact large-scale collaboration while in graduate school at Stanford.
Instagram users are able to take a photo, usually with a mobile device, and then use a filter to enhance the image to a near-professional quality. Through Instagram, friends can experience each other’s lives even when not physically present, and users can experience the lives of people they don’t know.
All photos are automatically public, which means they are visible to anyone using Instagram, unless the user chooses the private setting; then only specific users can see their pictures. Instagram was designed as an easy way for users to connect through their photos.
How do I . . .
create an Instagram account?
For APA citations:
Typically, Instagram is not considered a reliable source for citing in an academic paper and there are no specific guidelines for citing Instagram in APA or MLA. However, in the event that you have received prior approval to cite an Instagram image, cite it in-text as an electronic posting and use the electronic citation format for your Reference page as you would online posting.
How do I cite a work of art or photograph in-text in APA?
How do I cite an online posting for the Reference page in APA?
For MLA citations:
How do I cite a visual for in-text citation MLA?
How do I cite a digital image for the Works Cited page in MLA?
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