100 grams (Instagrams that is)

I noticed recently that I have posted 100+ Instagram photos since I started – http://instagram.com/ericfriedman. It’s been quite a ride for them and I will leave commentary on the Company up to others. On the personal side it’s been a fun ride as well and I thought I would take stock.

I find myself browsing and interacting (read “liking”) way more than I am posting. There is no aggregate place where I can see my likes, or likes I have “given” but I think it’s high. This might be available through the API.  Its been great getting Timehop emails reminding me of past photos though!

I have posted 100 photos (heavily skewed towards my dog!) and don’t see much rhyme or reason to my instagramming habits. I also have inverse prediction abilities when it comes to the traction of my photos. Some that I think are cool don’t get much attention, and others that I think are fleeting get a very high interaction rate.  I am reminded of what Fred Wilson wrote about service and user engagement “rules”  and I definitely find that I interact “lurk” more.  I believe I have hundreds of interactions, while only 100+ direct contributions of original content.  FWIW I have also connected my account to 9 other services (giving read/write options)

One of my primary use cases of Instagram is using it to post a photo and check in on Foursquare at the same time. No surprise here as I work at Foursquare, but it certainly serves a need I have. I love the ability to “snap once and cross post as I choose”.  I mainly share to Foursquare with almost every photo, as associating a real place has a lot of value to me.  Every now and again I push to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr too – no connection to Flickr yet.

When the world map opened up sometime last year I was at first a little amazed at all the places I took photos.  On the “open” side of the privacy debates I embraced the feature, but was definitely interested to see if I cared about sharing all photos.  I have since left sharing on, and shared almost all the photos on the map.  I have not gone back yet to look, but I am hoping the exif data becomes valuable to me in the future.