65% of adults now use social networking sites – a nearly tenfold jump in the past decade — Pew Research Center Report, Social Media Usage: 2005-2015
There are several different social media platforms that exist. Facebook is still in the lead, but Instagram has been increasing in its numbers and use, seeing more growth than Twitter and LinkedIn (see Pew Research Center Report, Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015). Are you an Instagram user? If so, why not post an image during your next visit to Tyler Arboretum? If you are not yet an Instagram user, maybe I can convince you to be one! (especially after you see some of the images below)
Instagram (https://www.instagram.com) is a mobile social network that allows users to publicly or privately share images and video via an iPhone, Android, or Windows phone. Third-party Instagram apps are available for BlackBerry 10 and Nokia-Symbian devices. The app is free to download and is required to post the images. Note that the posted images and user accounts can be viewed through any internet browser.
Below are a few of the Instagram postings myself and Abbey have taken in the past and from a walk I took today with a former student (and former Tyler intern) Abbey Dufoe. Abbey is currently a Web Producer at Climate Central and handles their social media accounts. She was kind enough to stroll with me on the Scenic Loop and show me all of the fun features available on Instagram. I’m excited that her quick introduction to this app has me thinking of different ways to share all that is beautiful about Tyler Arboretum in a single photo, a collection of photos, or even with a 15-second video.
For those of you that are novices-to-experts with Instagram, I encourage you to take and then post at least one photo during your next visit to Tyler Arboretum! Use the hashtags #tylerarboretum and #exploretyler. Don’t forget to mention @tylerarboretum in your posts, too! Importantly, as I mentioned previously, you do not need an Instagram account to view the marvelous collection of images posted by Tyler’s members and visitors. Just click on the links earlier in this paragraph, and you’ll see what I mean.
(Hope to) see you soon on Instagram!
Hover over the center of the image below to play the video I took…