“Instagram has perfected the single unit / social object / photo experience.”
Seriously. Instagram’s image presentation is so devoid of context that it’s laughable. There’s barely any attention paid to location, and none to time (the existence of the latergram tag indicates how poorly that’s handled). Speaking of tags, the presentation of those is also laughable.
I mean, I think I know what (Joshua?) is getting at here, but I really really don’t agree, for all that I accept that Instagram’s capture and upload seems to have set a standard for getting images posted.
Response: On the contrary, I think Instagram has done a great job of making it easy to share photos, but I don’t think the single filtered image is the pinnacle of how we communicate or share. I do think images inherently have value over words or videos for documenting/communication, because we get the point of what the sharer is doing the fastest.. but yeah, I’m still enthused about context as much as ever as a way to parse the fully story behind the images instead of just treating them as ‘ooh, shiny objects for me to cram my brains with then throw away?’ — although, that use case isn’t bad either.. I like cramming my brain with shiny objects of amusement.
The problem with context (titles, comments, tags) and metadata (a la Flickr) is that they’re such a pain to add and most people don’t care about it or don’t like to work for it.. it’s a design challenge more than anything.
From today’s health care reform bill signing event and a throwaway line:
The White House took on a festive air for the occasion, as senators mingled in the grand foyer of the Executive Mansion before the signing ceremony… As they filtered into the East Room, many lawmakers took out cameras to photograph one another and record the moment.
I wonder what happens in a world if those photos, from lawmakers and insiders and persons of power, are shared?