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Getting into the Instagram Game

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I’ve long been reluctant to join Instagram – I hate the fact that all photos have to be square proportions, creating a uniformity that prohibits the creative possibilities of vertical and horizontal crops. Nonetheless, I found my friends increasingly migrating to the social media network and decided to give it a spin.

After just a couple of months, I have to admit I really am enjoying it, possibly even more so than Facebook. Visual sharing of moments in life create a rich, focused multimedia experience that Facebook has seemingly waved in with ad dilution. In fact, Facebook recently announced it’s reducing ads, recognizing this sentiment.

For a food fanatic like myself, the mobile-first platform is simply a must, and the Instagram community is as supportive of my culinary obsessions as Yelpers. After just a couple of months, here are some of my Instagram highlights:

Late night snacking was a big hit

San Francisco is an Instragram paradise

My first time celebrating mid-autumn festival (中秋節) with Instagram

Finally getting a hang of Instagram’s hashtags

Like what you see? Don’t be shy! Follow me!

One problem I need to work out is when to post to Instagram, when to post to Facebook, and when to post to both. I’ve noticed that Facebook exposure typically cannibalizes my Instagram likes, with many people seeing the same image twice via both networks. Hopefully I’ll get a hang of it before kids start calling me Instagrampa.

Twitterations: Freebies and Most Retweeted Tweets

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Lately I’ve been experimenting a lot more with my Twitter account. I Tweeted a funny bus ad to San Francisco Water Power Sewer and they sent me a free water bottle, check it out below!

Here’s the original Tweet I sent them one morning:

This cool little real-world interaction that spawned from virtual communication got me thinking about what my top retweets of the year have been. I dug around and found a useful little tool called TwitSprout, which showed me which of my Tweets got the most retweets. Below are the top three over the past few months – it’s no surprise they’re all tech related, as I tend to Tweet breaking tech news as my top content type.

My top Tweet was about Blackberry bringing BBM to other platforms like iOS and Android. Turns out people still like BMM, with 29 retweets of mostly rejoicing!

I even got a nice response from a tech follower in Italy on this one that garnered 21 retweets and 5 favorites:

When I Tweeted about Samsung’s unveiling of the Galaxy Note 3 Smartphone, I got 14 retweets and 8 favorites, rounding out the third top retweeted Tweet of mine of the past few months.

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