Last month, Instagram, a photo sharing social network, finally added an Android app. A few days later, Facebook bought them for an incredible amount of money. Of course, I immediately went out to find some MORE apps to play with Instagram and do our jobs better, of course, Why have one app when you can get five?
Here are my favorites so far, along with some ideas about how to use each of them for business. What apps are you loving for Instagram, and do they work on Android yet?
What if you could take a cool picture of that new person that you met at a conference then send it to them as a postcard for 99 cents? Isn’t that way cooler than just sending an email like this, “So glad to have met you, yada, yada, yada?” I am headed to Mom 2.0 this week and plan to try Postagram out. You don’t even need Intagram to use it, you can also send photos from the website as well. Smart idea.
Search for hastagged photos using this search engine on Webstagram, you can also subscribe to the RSS feed for your searches in Google Reader, or whatever reader you use. To use it you have to login with your Instagram account
Photo Grid allows you to take 9 photos and rearrange them into a photo montage. It allows you tell the story of a moment in time and then share it to instagram, or anywhere else. It creates a Photo Grid folder in your camera application, and you can just pull from that folder in Instagram. I would classify this one eye candy, but you could use this photo to send make a photo to send as a Postagram to a group of people. From a brand perspective this could be a great way to make an impression, and you could include one photo with your logo or brand identity in it.
Personal Bonus: Lovestagram
So, what is the good of all business and no fun? Thought we would throw in Lovestagram, which allows you to send an e-card to the one you love. It allows you to use photos from Instagram. And this one has a fun back story. It was created by Kaitlyn Trigger, the girlfriend of Instagram’s co-founder Mike Krieger. She downloaded “Learn Python the Hard Way” to learn how to program and crated Lovestagram as a surprise for Krieger.