15Jun

Instagram

Looks like Intagram’s roll-out of their non-chronological feed has finally started hitting more people in the US. My own account seems to have changed over yesterday. I honestly don’t know what they’re thinking by having that as the default with no way to switch to a most recent first view. To me one of the main draws to Instagram was to catch up on what the people I follow do in a linear fashion.

However, I know my own posts are non-chronological compared to when I actually shot them, but I do try to publish in groups of related photos. Hopefully enough people will speak out about it again so that we at least have the option to view chronologically, otherwise I guess myself and others will use the platform less. If people want to use an algorhythmically driven platform they could just go to Facebook.

This also once again reiterates a point content creators should always be aware of. Don’t become completely reliant on one platform if you don’t have total control over it. Otherwise even a small change later could lead to the complete irrelevance of the platform, no matter how much work you’ve put into bringing your content there.


Look at that, months have gone by again and I haven’t written anything new. I’m incredibly slow at writing any new blog posts, but I did start to change out some of the photos on the site again. My goal has been to rotate in some of my favorite more recent work every 3 or so months. I’ve been pulling some of the older photos as well and may start pulling all older photos whenever I do a refresh, though I’m not sure yet.

Recently I found out the contact form on the site isn’t working again. I’m not sure what’s going on with that, so if need to get in touch, I have my email address on the contact page or reach out to me on one of my social media profiles. As I’d like to expand the site to have some more functionality, like multi-languages, I should also be able to have the contact form fixed and the general speed of the site improved as well.

This week Instagram pulled their feed access through the 3rd party API, which now forces everyone to use their app or their site through a web browser. I was a heavy Iconosquare user since its tiled view of the Instagram feed allowed for a very quick way to browse through new content. Being forced back into using the single column view is painful and extremely slow, I feel like if it continues that way I’ll likely start using the platform less. Not sure why Instagram can’t make it faster, Tumblr’s single column view loads incredibly quick both in their app and a web browser.


08Jan

Social Sites

As various social media sites rise or fall in importance for me I’ve decided to remove some of the links I have in my footer here. Not surprising to many people, it seems as though Google+ is not really worth putting effort into, but I have almost all but given up on maintain my presence on Flickr as well. I’ll keep my past posts there, but doubt I’ll put anything new there, the changes to the site and management over the last two years have really made it more of a hassle to use it. It’s just unfortunate some of the photography subs on Reddit rely heavily on it for image hosting and look down on links from other sources. In case anyone wants to check out the sites I’m on the full list is below including sites that I’m on, but not really adding to.

Instagram
Tumblr
Twitter
Facebook
Model Mayhem
Flickr
Google+
Simplog