I know you’re expecting a guide on how to download Instagram, but indulge me for a bit. I just want to talk about one of my favorite topics first: space science.
When we think of powerful computers, we think of NASA. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration currently has over 69 active missions in different spaces, planets, and moons carrying millions of dollars’ worth of tech. One miscalculation could cost people’s lives and precious taxpayer money. NASA’s supercomputers handle both manned and unmanned missions in the blink of an eye. But do you know just how powerful the computers used in the first lunar mission were?
Over The Moon With Technology
I stumbled upon this article explaining how powerful our modern computing devices have been. According to the article, the first-ever moon mission which checks on our astronaut’s health and guidance systems across 356,000 km of space. These long-ranged computing devices cost over “$3.5 million a piece and were the size of a car”!
Surely these computers are still in use, right? These sound like un-obsoletable pieces of tech!
Wrong! Did you know that today’s modern calculators and toasters are more advanced that the Apollo mission computers? In a span of 40 years, our flash drives outpaced the computers that helped make man’s take their first step on the moon!
Before the advent of smartphones, the gadgets we have now were basically just that–phones. We started with calls and simple Short Message Services (160-character texts). Sure, the games eventually became really cool (like Snake), but who would’ve imagined that phones would eventually overpower the specs in actual desktop computers?
The Smartphone Boom
Smartphones are the backbone of most technological breakthroughs today. The handheld craze started in January 2007 when Steve Jobs first revealed the iPhone. In his own words, he described it as “a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone.”
Albeit many doubtful critics (Steve Ballmer himself dubbed it as the most expensive phone in the world), the iPhone continued to take over the mobile market by storm. Eventually, Google released Android, Samsung threw its hat in the ring through Tablet technology, and the battle of Silicon Valley rages on until now. Samsung and Apple became close rivals in branding and products year after year. Google and iOS were setting up new software updates to keep up with the ever-demanding audience looking for something new to try.
Today, everybody has phones. Regardless of your age, we’re sure that you have at least used one for business, school, or work. It offers to make a lot of things easier when you’re using it. From navigation and GPS (does anybody still use hard copies of maps?), to highly sensitive banking transactions, and security encryptions, smartphones became the crutch we never knew we needed. If you’ve watched the movie Wall-E, maybe you’re starting to relate to the humans of the future–never standing up, always lying down and getting all their wants and needs at a press of a button.
The “Swiss Knife” Of Technology
Your smartphone is the swiss knife of technology. Need to do some quick math? You can easily download a calculator app (Oh, and my smartphone’s built-in calculator app is a scientific one. Cool, isn’t it?) What if you’re looking to lose weight? Don’t worry; there’s a calorie counter app or two that you probably never even thought you needed. It’s like the “Is there an app for that” meme of 2010 has now come full circle.
Even in the field of mobile programming, software development jobs are expected to rise by 17% until 2024, and are considered to be one of the fastest-growing careers in the world. It made things so easy and accessible to all walks of life. Basically, it introduced the internet on a massive scale.
One of the effects of syncing the net with smartphone technology is enhancing the communication experience. Ever heard of long-distance calling? Well, our younger audiences might not. Before the internet and FaceTime was a thing, you can’t call your relatives if they’re away from the big city. Oh no, you had to cough up the extra cash on top of your phone bill, or you had to buy these preloaded NDD (National Direct Dial) Cards. If you directly called someone internationally… Let’s just say you wouldn’t hear the end of it from your mother.
Today, we have text messaging, online chats, voice calls, and even video calls. No matter how far your friend is, as long as there’s an internet connection, there’s a way. Making and maintaining connections are also easier these days with the advent of social media websites (such as Instagram) and applications.
What Is Social Media, Anyway?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines social media as: “websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.” The short version? This is an app that connects you with friends. You can share your life with them and theirs, to you. That’s it. One of the earliest ones I encountered in the country was Friendster where you can write testimonials about your friends, encouraging others to add them as friends. It thrived on connecting to people and writing how they’re excellent friends, and it was normal to ask for a testimonial after giving one. It’s goal was to connect people by reviewing them. Okay, it sounds like you’re reviewing your friend in Yelp…
But the social media of today are not like Friendster. When Facebook entered the arena last 2012, Friendster didn’t have a chance. According to Mike Fisher, former PayPal VP of Engineering and Architecture, one small crack that led to Friendster’s demise was its inability to embrace customer misuse and consequently, its product flexibility. Facebook was much more lenient when it came to users, and kept on adjusting its software on how people wanted to use the platform. Eventually, dedicated pages for pets were added. Next came the groups feature. Hell, there were even browser games embedded in the website that pitted you against your friends. One by one, it embraced customer eccentricity until it became the force of nature that it is now.
Is Facebook Truly The Ringleader, Or Are There Other Social Media Sites You Should Care About?
I’m sure you already know the answer, but it’s still important to put things into perspective.
Believe me when I say that in recent times, Facebook has been dominating left and right. Some of its most famous acquisitions were WhatsApp, a messaging app like Viber, and Instagram (which was purchased for one billion dollars, by the way). But its domination hasn’t overwhelmed the entire interwebs just yet.
Here are some of the social media websites you might have missed, and what their specializations are:
Let’s get down to business by starting off with the “business” platform. LinkedIn is like Facebook’s professional older brother. LinkedIn is a corporate networking tool. You still create your profile and add other people, but the unique component of LinkedIn is in its dedicated feature where users can apply for jobs. You update your profile with your professional work and achievements. Don’t worry, you won’t look like a braggart because everyone does it. Users can also recommend some of the connections they’ve worked with. It’s one big professional social media app.
If LinkedIn is the professional sibling, Twitter’s the skittish, younger sister. It’s a media-sharing platform that celebrates conciseness and brevity so much it would make my Grade 5 teacher proud. Users can follow other users and even share memes, but they can only use a limited 160-character pool for their posts. If they want more space, they can continue making more posts and connecting them together through threads. It’s usually used as quick update place for thoughts, feelings, rants, and even news. They also offer a lot of excellent memes!
Tumblr is the family’s weird emo cousin, and I mean this in a good way. The platform is still pretty cool, but its brand of content is mostly for teenagers. This microblogging site is very personalized that encourages original content through text, pictures, videos, and audio. Many artists use Tumblr as their own creative online canvas where other like-minded artists can share, collaborate, and critique their work.
Reddit is a second personal favorite. It’s like the well-loved middle child and one of the more successful ones in the bunch. It’s built from multiple communities from powerwashers to gamers and even… people who want to Photoshop arms on birds (if you’re curious, it’s r/bridswitharms). Each community is different, and posts are regulated by mods to curb spam and maintain high-quality content. Subreddits are the subforums and can range from random funny content to actual threads asking relationship advice. Reddit is called the “front page of the internet” because if a story reaches its front page (called r/all) through many upvotes or shares, everyone on the site can most likely see it.
Instagram is another personal favorite of mine (and it’s definitely a crowd favorite, too). It’s primarily a photo and video sharing social media site where celebrities and other beautiful people (seriously) go to thrive. Aesthetics are a must on this platform, or at least your audience should like the visual content you post. Just like all of the social media sites mentioned above, you follow the people you want to see in your news feed and give them two taps (a heart) to like their photos. If you’re into art, you should download Instagram, because it’s the easiest to use, the least toxic (for me at least), and it offers great inspiration for artists and wanna-be artists.
So, Where Should I Start If I Want To Dive Into Social Media?
At the risk of sounding biased — no question, it would have to be Instagram. I would actually rank Instagram as the most neutral platform among all of the famous social media websites mentioned above. Not only that, it’s a great balance of all the basic features you need, and it’s a straightforward app, too. Here are some benefits of using and downloading Instagram:
- Visual artistry and inspiration is everywhere. If you’re a person that generally likes pretty things, Instagram is for you. The range of aesthetics can keep everyone occupied for hours. From simple artsy quotes finished in watercolor to hardcore digital painting art, Instagram is the leader. Oh and don’t get me started on the food blogs you’ll find on the platform! The best part? You can customize your feed and inspire your day, every day!
- Instagram is newbie friendly. If you feel your photos are not up to spec, you can spice up your posts with filters and other effects to make your own specific post brand work. It also integrates with your camera for quick sharing with your audience.
- Consumers and businesses collide on Instagram. Instagram is excellent for businesses trying to cut their way into the market with no charge at all! Did you know that 81% of Instagram users use the app to check out new products and services? If you’re a shopper, Instragam’s algorithm is also one of the best. It makes sure to connect and show products that are most useful for you.
I Want To Download Instagram! But How?
That’s great! The process is actually faster and easier than it looks, too.
If you’re using Android, follow these steps to download Instagram:
- Tap on Google Play Store.
- Type in Instagram on the search box.
- When prompted, click Install.
- Wait for the installation, and click on the app from your phone’s App Drawer!
If you’re on iOS, the instructions are pretty much the same:
- Tap on your App Store.
- Search for Instagram in the search box.
- Click Instagram.
- Tap Get, then Install to finally download Instagram. Voila!
If you’ve already downloaded Instagram at this point, congratulations! We hope this article has acquainted you with the new cool stuff to look forward to using social media.