Whilst I was judging #fmsphotoaday I spent a fair amount more time than I usually do on Instagram.. I suggested last week that it opened my eyes to the good and bad.
The good on Instagram has always been good, the support and community is quite fabulous and just the fact that so many people connect through visual art is for me a magical thing..
The thing that saddened me was something that probably more angered me.. its not a biggy but I just couldn't understand why you would do it?
In photography games be it #fmsphotoaday #7vignettes #weekof... #everydaystyle all those fun tag alongs.. the idea is you use your own content so when someone steals an image it just seems dumb (especially if the owner of the comp then shares it as so good and they get found out) or if the image IS yours why use the hashtag of the game if you don't want to be part of it or have in regrammed?
I suppose it is just like the twitter/fb/pinterest etc platform when everyone appears to be polarised by their numbers so they are looking to gain numbers. I totally found new people to follow via the hashtags so yes it works but do you want people following you if you have no connection?
I saw some total glamour girls tagging themselves in on some very inappropriate hashtags and I just find the need for numbers so weird #followforfollow WTF?!
I have focused DTLL numbers on pure quality and never quantity as it means we are speaking to the right people, who wants to spend time chatting to someone who doesn't want to listen?!
Anywho, rant over I just wonder if someone can explain the need?