20 Responses to Boomers and Instagram

  1. This post is so timely for me. I recently started posting to Instagram and am just learning my way around. I’m one of your many followers and enjoy your photos. Thank you!

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    • Suzanne says:

      I saw that you did that. Thanks for following! I was going to follow back, but I noticed your account is private, so I respected that and did not make a request. That is a great way to get started and make decisions about what you want to post. You can poke around and create a good feed without having to tend to your account. I hope you will eventually take it live.

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  2. Tracey says:

    Thank you, thank you! I started using Instagram a few months ago without really having a plan for it. This is so helpful.

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  3. Nancy says:

    Hi Suzanne,
    I don’t use it…I find I am overwhelmed as it is with Social Media.
    I guess I am a dinosaur!

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    • Suzanne says:

      Fair enough. I am not on Twitter and have very little FB interaction. One size does not fit all when it comes to how we use Social Media. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Interesting post! Although I don’t post on Instagram often, I use it very much like you do. I don’t understand how it’s used as “one of the biggest influences of commerce on the planet” nor do I care. I just like posting interesting pictures to share and enjoy looking at the pictures that other, like-minded people post. I also subscribe to a few accounts that highlight interesting work by photographers who use specific editing tools I like. I’m not sure if I subscribe to your site (as I said, I don’t get on Instagram as much as maybe I should), but I will definitely check it out, as well as a few of the accounts your highlighted.

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    • Suzanne says:

      Consider for a moment Olivia Jade, who was in the news this week. She has built an Instagram following that ensures her a 6 figure income because people buy what she recommends on Instagram and companies pay her for promoting their products. It’s another form of advertising that is reaching a generation of impulsive, on-line buyers. There are millions just like her doing the same thing. It’s similar to monetizing a Blog with the intent of influencing purchasing. I find it completely fascinating, but like you, I am content to enjoy the purest version.

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  5. Gilda Baxter says:

    I am only half hearted on Istagram. In fact it was my son that got me into it. I love looking at all the amazing photos that are published there. I post some myself and enjoy when people like it. I don’t really use the #tag at all…perhaps I should? You are a lot more diligent than me with your followers…700 is a lot to manage, well done you. I think I probably spend no more than 15 minutes a day having a look through. There are just not enough hours on my day😄 Great post Suzanne, thank you

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    • Suzanne says:

      Gilda, I agree that there aren’t enough hours in the day. I am good for about 2 hours in the morning to converse with my husband, check emails, FB and Instagram, then I am off to my activities. I enjoy beautiful photographs and find inspiration in many of them to improve my skills. We all find joy in different things. I am looking forward to your next post. I hope you are enjoying your journey.

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      • Gilda Baxter says:

        I just signed up to follow you on Instagram. You have some gorgeous pictures there. You certainly know a lot more about photography than I do, I will enjoy to follow your work 🙂

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  6. This is such a fascinating post Suzanne, with lots of interesting tidbits. I actually love instagram and post quite regularly. I like how visual it is ~ and I find it is a great option to facebook. I also use it as a way for our friends and family to get a quick peek into our lives. Also, many of our blog readers and blogs that we read follow us and vice versa.

    The statistics you quote are what I find the most interesting. There is no doubt that the millenials have it all hooked up! In fact it was my son’s girlfriend who showed me how to use instagram. I follow for the travel, nature, food and yoga…. I almost always type in the hashtag for a place we might be intending to travel to, just to get an idea of what to expect, rather than use a travel guide as I am primarily a very visual person and a visual learner.

    Thanks for some interesting insight into a world that is quite new to me, and most of us babyboomers.

    Peta

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    • Suzanne says:

      Peta, I love your list ‘travel, nature, food and yoga’ and it makes a point that I wanted to get across completely; when you tailor your feed to your interests you will be delighted by the content, not overwhelmed or pressured by it. The ‘what to expect’ aspect of Instagram is invaluable to me and when coupled with a travel site, I feel secure about what to expect from a destination, without spoiling all the surprises! Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Interesting post. I have two Instagram accounts. One is for my blog where I post photos I like and one is my MG group where I try to post interesting plant based shots. I find a lot of info from other MG groups that can be shared and learned from. I’ve never considered it for commerce and probably won’t. I still use a laptop versus my iPhone because of size and ease of viewing. The generation gap is also an age gap that includes all the age related issues such as reading on a larger screen. I’m a baby boomer, and I’m okay with that. 🙂

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    • Suzanne says:

      Judy, you make a very good point about the size of type, etc. I never shop from my phone because of that very issue. We seem to use Instagram similarly, (gather and share information) and based on some comments posted here, I think we are a bit ahead of the curve with regards to discovering its complete value. The commerce statistics are staggering, and while I don’t see our generation capitalizing on that aspect any time soon, I do find it fascinating. P.S. I’m a follower and enjoy your photographs.

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  8. Joanne Sisco says:

    I’ve been an Instagram user for a while now but it is not a regular thing for me. Much like my blog, it falls in the category of whenever-I-feel-inspired. I don’t use my blog name and I don’t think I have ever referred to my blog on IG. I deliberately made the decision that IG would have a different ‘personality’ – ie a more personal slant than my blog.

    I truly don’t ‘get’ the whole ‘influencer’ thing. I understand the concept but I don’t understand the motivation of selecting a product because some random person recommended it – especially when that person is sponsored in some fashion. I don’t care that they claim they are ‘unbiased’ in their endorsement … this is never going to be an honest product appraisal. I must be old-as-dirt, because I think this whole influencer thing is creating a generation of sheep.

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    • Suzanne says:

      I agree completely with your influencer/sheep comment. Malcolm and I call it the herd mentality. There is a discussion on another Blog today about an author who started out as a twenty something Blogger nobody and progressed to Instagram,then Pod Casts and now Best Selling Author and Motivational Speaker. It is a “self-help” book geared toward the 30 – 40 something female called “Girl Wash Your Face”. I have not read it, but those who have say it has some take-away value, but nothing new. The review I read said it is poorly written and repetitive. So, why a best seller? Because she has a mega internet following and might as well have written bah, bah, bah on every page. The sheep will still follow.

      I like the way I use Instagram, but it has a scary side that should be bothersome to a lot of people. Especially those with young children or grand children. How is their sense of reality being affected. Just one more reason for us all to stay up to date and informed. It is not going away.

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      • Joanne Sisco says:

        Ahhh – then you must follow Donna at Retirement Reflections too! I also read that post. I haven’t read the book, and at my age I doubt I will find any of it uplifting 😉

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