As a business owner and mother of three, there are times in life when these two roles in my life intersect. One such intersecting point is a little something we like to call Social Media — you know, those addicting websites, like Facebook and Twitter where we share and view everything under the sun from friends, families and often complete strangers…
Well, today, I wanted to take a little time to introduce you to a perhaps less familiar name in the social sharing world: Instagram.
Let me begin by sharing my family’s story…
So I’m hiking with my daughter, and she takes a picture…
“What are you doing?” I ask.
She answers, “Posting it to Instagram.”
Like most parents, I have no clue what Instagram is; I vaguely understand it has something to do with taking pictures and some cool filters. But my daughter had used the word “posting.”
I ask, “Do your friends see these pictures?”
“Do they comment on these pictures?”
Hmmm… the lightbulb goes off. This is just like Facebook, but status updates simply have to have a photo. She says, “You should be on this,” (something she now regrets) and I download the app and explore.
Yes, for all of us parents who banned Facebook, our kids found a way around it: Instagram.
Because most parents don’t know what Instagram is or whether they should ban it, let me clue you in… My daughter is 12, and all of her friends are on Instagram (illegally). Most tweens she knows are NOT on Facebook but ARE on Instagram… perhaps this is why Facebook bought Instagram?