Much Ado About Instagram Video

Here we go. Instagram now has video. 15 second long video that you can add filters to. Take that, Vine!

Admittedly, I’m one of those dummies who doesn’t know what a Vine is yet. I think it’s a short video that you take for no reason but I’m not entirely sure.

A few years ago, and I realize this is not the same thing, Flickr added video to try and compete with YouTube. I’m no official spokesperson but I’m going to go ahead and say that flopped. I’m an avid Flickr user (and was a paid Pro member, until that ceased to mean anything last month), and I never saw video really take off in any of my contacts’ photostreams.

To many, Instagram is basically just a collection of cute little old-skool pictures you upload of your food. Animation is not going to amplify the message or the memory. It’s not actually just food, mind you — it’s also clouds and pets and self-portraits and sushi. Oh wait, food. Right. Well, a lot of it isn’t food.

flowers instagram

Oh, and flowers.

My point is it didn’t take off for Flickr, and I don’t really know anyone who uses Vine. I barely know anyone in person who is willing to have a Twitter account. I much prefer looking at the photos of someone unknown to me than to look at a 15-second or less clip of something they did, although maybe I haven’t seen anything great enough on Instagram video to appreciate it yet.

I also don’t like that once the video still is in full view on your Instagram feed, it plays automatically. Now everyone can hear your Instagram when you’re trying to discreetly pay attention to anything other than what’s happening at the candle party to which your cousin’s grandmother-not-related-by-blood‘s second-cousin-twice-removed’s ex-wife-but-still-friends invited you.

Although, to be fair, I’m sure there’s a setting for autoplay or if not, there will be. I’m just curmudgeonly and I don’t like much of anything new. There’s also the volume button, but who wants to turn that down every time they open an app?

What might save video on Instagram? Cats. I have seen one cat video on Instagram so far that did give me a little smirk of joy.

For now, though, I guess we’ll wait and see.

What are your thoughts on video for Instagram? Have you tried it out? Let me know in the comments.

About Nikki

I've been writing since I was in kindergarten where I Crayola-markered an epic tale of a tiger and a balloon on a stack of lined papers folded into a booklet and stapled along the edge (carefully, and by my teacher). I love DIY, sewing, folksy music, animals and getting out to look at and listen to nature.
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  1. There actually is a way to turn off Auto-play for the videos in the Options screen.

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