How to make an app like Instagram: The big picture (Part 1 of 2)
Breakfast by Honolulu beach? Sunset in Santorini? Beautiful girls in the latest items? Once a so-so photo-sharing based social network within American borders, now Instagram has peaked as a worldwide phenomenon. Its contagion is so insane that it creates a wave among not only common population but also technology leaders. But do you know what the big picture of Instagram is? Do you wish to make an app like Instagram? What to prepare beforehand?
Let’s dive in the first part of this 2-note series to find out.
Instagram is the new black
“We are rapidly approaching the point where it will be possible to spend more time documenting our daily lives than living them.”
I have been wondering this question for such a long time: whether the shape of culture proliferates social apps like Instagram, or social apps like Instagram pull the society into the loop of media addiction. No matter which one the answer gravitates to, the fact remains that Instagram-like platforms have a tremendous, undeniable influence on our lives. For better or for worse, it’s no longer the old “basic” we once knew: simple and unstirring – it’s relentlessly shifted to a distinctive definition: mainstream, popular and fundamental to the point of common sense. We simultaneously post photos of us celebrating our graduation, eating a mouth-watering brunch on a romantic balcony, or just simply a capture of our dark circles complaining about the whole night preparing for the exam. We don’t get tired of it, because probably someone would give us comments; a sense of being cared about, being recognised and validated arises. It feels so good we dwell into it and don’t even want to run from it. Hereby, it turns into an indispensable part of our lives: like food, like water, like air. We become loyal apostles to the Instagram God.
Instagram as a gold digger
There might be some innocent thoughts that Instagram was born to serve humans’ mental state of health. It’s true, but it’s just the tip of an iceberg. The less-pleasant truth is it uses us as free resources to earn big money from another party – the businesses.
Is it possible to be a descendant of Instagram?
You have the capability to achieve anything, as long as you’re determined to. Complex as it may sound, Instagram is actually built on the same foundation and basic functions as other social networks. It’s absolutely feasible to make an app similar to Instagram, but if you want to have your own loyal users and earn cases of money out of it, you have to take it to another level and simultaneously innovate your idea. For example, you can change the main function from photo-sharing to short-video-sharing like Tik Tok, or live media streaming like Helo – a product from Savvycom developing team.
The point derived here is, to be the next Instagram generation, you need to know what are the important key-takeaways and what isn’t. You take a lesson from it, not duplicate it. You are an effective and rational learner, not a copycat.
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