Instagram vs Facebook?

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Facebook may own Instagram and they both have instant photo sharing in common, but what sets them apart? And why choose one platform over the other?

I’ve only joined Instagram in the last 14 days and I have already made up my mind: I prefer Instagram over Facebook. It’s no secret that I’ve been bored with Facebook. One of those reasons being that it gets too detail-oriented for something social and supposedly light-hearted (messy break-ups through questionable Facebook activity comes to mind here).

Instagram on the other hand, is simple. It’s user-friendly and the compelling visual content makes it addictive. I wouldn’t say I’m into photography, but I do love taking a great picture or two every now and then. And Instagram seems to be the ideal platform to share my ‘works’ 😉 So here’s why I will always prefer Instagram over Facebook:

  1. Instagram is short and sweet. Basically, all you need is a picture or video & a caption. That’s it. You can’t post without visual content, so it’s bound to be eye-catching. After all,  a picture is worth a thousand words
  2. Because of point #1, it means that it’s quicker to go through many posts in a shorter space of time as compared to Facebook. It takes (me) longer to go through Facebook than Instagram: I spend close onto 15 minutes to get up-to-date with friends on Facebook whereas I’m done in less than 5 minutes on Instagram.
  3. If you’re a photographer at heart, there’s much more room for creativity.  It has an adequate range of filters to enhance your images and get creative with them before posting. Due to those options and the nature of Instagram, I’ve now become more conscious of how I take pictures, trying to be as original as possible in terms of angle, focus, the backdrop, etc.
  4. Basic Instagram profile. I’ve mentioned this in my comparison between Twitter and Facebook – Facebook prompts you for information almost all the time.  With Instagram (and much like Twitter) you have a profile that’s minimal but still sums up who you are without asking you which high school you’ve attended and where were you previously working (that’s why there’s LinkedIn, Zuckerberg).

Facebook still has a staggering 1.26 billion users as compared to Instagram’s modest 200 million users but upon breaking down the statistics, the demographics may explain the discrepancy. Feeling young, flamboyant and have a keen eye for stunning images? Yep, you know you belong on Instagram 😉

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8 Responses

  1. Seshni

    I so agree with this post, and it’s about time somebody said it! 🙂 Facebook is too nonsensical for my liking (I deleted my old account last year and started fresh with a new, minimal account with no daily rants and shares). I love love LOVE Instagram! Whenever I want to share something, I turn to Instagram (FB has too much drama and on Twitter, people tend to have verbal diarrhea). Though people tend to abuse #hashtags on IG, I use it as a search tool 😀 Just this morning I was searching for #sarees to see what’s trending 🙂

    • Saajida

      lol yes, I’ve noticed the hashtag abuse already but that aside, I really like Instagram 🙂

  2. DCXi

    Fully agree with the points, great write up

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