How I fell in deeply in love with my new Instagram alter ego, nova_supernova
I’ve gotta admit I’ve had a new distraction the last few weeks, kinda around the time I gave up my Cable TV. A coincidence only regarding the cable TV break-up but interesting timing none the less. I had heard roomers and quiet whispers of the dangers but I decided to buck-up and try it myself. What you may ask? Well I finally found my self on Instagram after hearing several local teens talk about tagging and #tagging photos from their incredible sweet 16 party held recently at my venue NOVA 535 here in downtown St. Petersburg. Aka “the BURG”.
[Jennyfer and local legend DJ Ich]
So I had to check it out and see what was happening behind my back. I mean I’m everywhere in social media and only not yet on Instagram because I had foolishly discounted it’s true allure.
Being the social media champion that I am I understand that the more NOVA 535 is floating out there for people to find, view, enjoy and share, the better the chances of people booking NOVA 535 for weddings, proms, sweet 16s and corporate events. So I joined Instagram immediately, chose the kick-ass name nova_supernova, and got started on what I thought would be a brief love affair. Wow was I wrong!
One of the unexpected things about Instagram (IG) is that IG is overall a really happy place. It’s all photos with just a few comments. You can ‘follow’ the people whose photos you enjoy and they might even follow you too. What I wasn’t expecting was how incredibly talented many of the photographers are and that they are sending in photos from every corner of the globe. So now about 6 weeks later, I’ve got almost 600 followers from every continent, and I’ve learned the power of the “# = hashtag” and the “@ = at” functions. The # goes attached to the front of a word to tie tht photo with all others using that same #; say putting all of the #nova535 or #stpete photos together. The @nova_supernova ties that user to a post, usually as a way to say ‘hello’ or to comment on something you’ve posted.
Somewhere though, over the first few days, a slight addiction set in. I started checking in more frequently, both to see the amazing photos from around the world, and to see who had ‘liked’ my photos and who started following me. Since I have 5000+ Facebook friends, when I joined IG it automatically connected me to about 1500 people to start following. I’ve dropped scores of them as many people lead boring (photographic) lives or lives that I’m just not interested in, say of cats and guns, looking at very often.
Wanna see if you can withstand the addictive power of IG? Then come and follow me here at http://instagram.com/nova_supernova and after about a week, check yourself to see just how often you’re checking in!