Social media 101: What is Instagram?

Have you heard about something called Instagram? Do your kids and even your grandkids have it? Should you get it? The simple answer is Yes.

Instagram is an application used for photo and video sharing. It is an instant platform used to share snapshots of your day-to-day life. The app developers felt that pictures people take were kind of like telegrams in that they got sent over the wire to others but now are instantly sent…hence the name Instagram!

But why is it so great? What makes Instagram different than just posting on Facebook?

Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your smart phone device, choose a filter to transform the image into a beautiful memory and then share with your friends! Instagram allows you to experience moments with your friends’ lives through pictures as they happen. It is meant to be an instant account of what is happening in your life – a world more connected through photos. In fact, Instagram is now one of the most used and best image sharing platforms globally!

Here are a few others fantastic reasons to use Instagram!

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1. Transform mediocre photos into professional-looking snapshots

Instagram allows you to personalise each photo you take with different filters. You can choose from a variety of filters that will add transform to your images. Then once you’ve edited the image, you can add a your preferred caption and share it with your followers on Instagram and friends on Facebook.

2. Share on multiple platforms 

Instagram provides a one-stop shop for photo sharing. You simply upload your image through Instagram and can share it instantly on multiple services, such as on Facebook or Twitter.

3.  You can choose who follow and only their content will appear on your newsfeed

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Follow your friends, family members, favourite brands, celebrities or websites, like Starts at 60! You’d be amazed at how many people use Instagram. Allegedly, Instagram is more actively used then Facebook!

4. Easy to use and best of all, it’s FREE!

Instagram makes the uploading experience seamless. It’s fast, efficient, instant and free!


The next Starts at 60 social media 101 lesson will explain how to set up an account and use Instagram!

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If you already have an Instagram account, don’t forget to follow Starts at 60! Simply search for Starts at 60 on Instagram and click ‘follow’. We will follow you back too!


We are publishing a series of articles to teach you everything you need to know about social media. Soon you’ll be a social media pro! Stay tuned for our next social media lesson. If you want to read our previous lessons just search Social Media 101 on the Starts at 60 website or Facebook page to find out more! 

Tell us, what would you like to know about social media? Do you have Instagram? Share your questions and concerns and we’ll teach you!