I admit it. I suck at Instagram. It isn’t that I don’t absolutely love the service. It’s that I’m a web-interface guy. Call me old school. Tell me my fingers are fat. Regardless of the reason, I’ve never been crazy about apps that can only be used through my mobile device.
Sure, there are services that all end in “agram” that allow for web interface with Instagram, but all have fallen short of my expectations and needs. All… until I discovered Pinstagram (here’s where I hat tip John Boitnott for turning me onto to this service). If you can imagine, as the title implies, a joining of the wonderful components of Instagram and Pinterest, you’d have Pinstagram.
The web-side user interface works very much like Pinterest. However, instead of repinning onto Pinstagram itself, the interface it lets you pin the images directly to to your Pinterest boards. There’s a minor personal-preference-plus I should note: the comments and likes portion of the image display is to the right of the image on Pinstagram versus below the image on Pinterest. It’s a minor note, but I like seeing comments without having to scroll away from the image itself.
You can, of course, share them on Facebook or Twitter as well. Sharing directly from Instagram to Facebook is preferable once per day, but a major annoyance of Facebook is that when you share more than one post through Instagram on the same day, it batches them into an album. This album cannot be Liked on Facebook; friends who see the images in their news feed would have to click through to them to be able to comment or like them. With this knowledge comes a…
Share one image a day to Facebook from Instagram directly and share any others through Pinstagram. That way you’re not forced into “Facebook Album Hell” with images that are likely to not be seen or liked by any of your friends.
Arguably the best part of Pinstagram is that it makes it so much easier to get a full view of your stream. This is where old school, fat-fingered folks like myself can rejoice. The Pinterest-style display makes it extremely easy to go through and find the images that you want to like. Instagram is an extremely social sharing system; likes and comments drive the service’s addictiveness. For the average user, seeing the images on a computer screen is a benefit because the best photos that we really want to see are easy to enlarge and examine. This can be extremely helpful when vetting new potential friends. It’s hard to get a feel for what they’re posting on the small screen with the ongoing vertical scrolling. By making it Pinteresty, Pinstagram allows for easier interactions.
Will this slow down the growing double-tap addiction that makes our index fingers and smartphone screens bloody after a while? No. This is a wonderful tool, an enhancement in style that can make Instagram better as a result. If anything, a service like Pinstagram can increase the popularity of Instagram by reaching users that would not have tried the service as a mobile-only app.
We’ll be watching Pinstagram closely. The future looks bright.