I’m back on Instagram: here’s why

If you have been following me for some time now, particularly since April the 9th last year, you will know that I quit Facebook for Google+ indefinitely, and that I have also advocated for Twitter over Facebook. So when Facebook bought Instagram’s hard-earned community for a meager $1 billion, I quit Instagram as well.

But you had quit!

Yes, I had quit. I said that already, but if it is elaboration you are looking for, it is quite simple: I had certain re-defined aims in mind (see next sub-heading). And the solutions to problems that had cropped up were either easy or impossible.

The easy solutions include things like cat photographs (unfollow), overuse of filters (unfollow), plain terrible composition (unfollow) and generally unfollow. But there are some really talented photographers on Instagram as well, and I have decided to follow only those (read no courtesy follows).

Impossible solutions are usually associated with problems like Facebook, which I am not particularly fond of, and can proudly tell you I have not visited for nearly two years; and the troublesome terms of use which I have decided to be blind to. Want to use my photographs, Instagram? Go ahead. These are my experiments; my proper works lie elsewhere, out of your reach.

Re-defining my outlook on photography

For a long time I had a very specific outlook on photography. While I have not deviated from it, I have recently come to re-define it, shifting the emphasis from certain elements to certain others. (The exactness of this statement ought to be the subject of another article.)

So why would somebody (like me) who believes in hardly any positive ideas about Facebook and the way it treats its users, and somebody who hates ads during product usage, like any sane human, go back to Instagram, and that too after its infamous new Terms of Service? Continue reading

Why I prefer Twitter over Facebook. And why you might want to.

Like everyone dedicated enough to technology to have multiple accounts on websites across the internet (and I refer to the years when the convenient Login with Facebook button was not around) I am an economical user of both Facebook and Twitter—and more recently, Google+, but let me not go into that right now.

Facebook was created to promote ease in linking with your friends and acquaintances and, as it later turned out, bosses and never-before-seen people. But I need hardly say that here considering there are people who make far greateruse of Facebook than I do—including my mother. For one, I do not put up photographs on Facebook; and, frankly, the only reason I am on Facebook—apart from to promote my website—is because, in society nowadays, to whose expectations you have to tiresomely bend, if you are not on Facebook you are unanymously considered technologically backward and outdated.

That said, I use Twitter more extensively. You will find the Twitter application adorning the home screen on my phone, and you will not find the Facebook application at all. That was just to give you a comparison. But many wonder why I am so. The point is simple: Facebook is an obligation, and Twitter meets my needs.

What Facebook is for 

Before you decide to skip this section, you might want to hold back and read through it. I am not going to give you a detailed picture of Zuckerberg’s magnum opus; instead, I am going to state my perspective of it and why it is of no use to me. Continue reading