Opinion: Instagram v. Twitter

As a writer who is trying to gain recognition, I’ve done what dozens of writing magazines, podcasts, and Facebook pages keep telling me to do: have multiple platforms on multiple social media sites.

This has been a…mostly unsuccessful endeavor on my part seeing as I find social media a distraction from what I really should be doing (a.k.a writing). However, I have found a friend in Instagram, what I once believed to be one of the most self-indulgent websites out there.

I used to think Twitter was my best bet for gaining attention (and perhaps it is) but I find Instagram to be miles superior for these reasons:

There isn’t nearly as much drama on Instagram as there is on Twitter.

Or at least I’ve found this to be true in the writing community. Every time I logged on to Twitter I was instantly flooded by tweets about who was pissed with who. If I were to rename Twitter I would call it Who Are We Mad At Now? It was like being stuck in high school math class all over again. On Instagram, people just take well posed pictures of books, spiral notebooks, or their laptops. Nobody is offended, nobody is being offensive. Everyone is just having a good time looking at cool pictures.

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You can type much more. 

People often praise Twitter for it’s brevity (it being the soul of wit and all), nonetheless, I think that’s how most people get in trouble. They can’t adequately explain themselves in that many words so they often come off as arrogant or uninformed. I much prefer Instagram with it’s (so far) 2,200 character limit. I don’t think anyone needs that many characters for a single post, but it’s good to have that much space available.

You don’t have to constantly think of something witty to say. 

Updating on Instagram is easy. All you have to do is snap a picture of something, make a hashtag, and boom. You got a post. With Twitter I had to continually read and reread my tweet to make sure I wouldn’t offend someone, rework it, and before I knew it, I had spent 10 minutes on a single tweet. This is a colossal waste of time. I would much rather take a photograph of a gorgeous bookstore I saw than try to convince people how smart I am because of who I voted for in 2016.

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If Twitter is your thing, that’s fine. But if you find yourself getting tired of the constant drama and character limitations, I recommend giving Instagram a try. I’ve followed a lot of interesting people this way and I truly believe it’s the superior website if you’re looking for people to communicate with on books and writing.

 

5 thoughts on “Opinion: Instagram v. Twitter

  1. Thanks! I recently started using Twitter again, and I don’t really like it. I’ll look into Instagram. Honestly, I’m not tired of having to get multiple websites to get a presence online. I know all the magazine articles, blogs, and other advice pages say to do the same thing, but I haven’t noticed it working. Instead, I just have a bunch of logins for websites where people don’t even care if I write stories or not :/

    Thanks for sharing this with us though =)

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  2. I’m exhausted with all the experts saying you need a strong social media presence on multiple platforms. I find them so distracting and it’s hard to imagine the type of people who love those hyper-distracted mediums would be a good match for anything I’m interested in writing. I also feel like the sheer number of hours involved in building and maintaining an audience aren’t worth the amount of time spent. People spend hours every day on social media trying to promote themselves. You’d be better served finding a part-time job with those hours and paying an actual PR professional to promote you.

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    1. That’s kind of where I’m leaning to be honest. For the most part it seems to be an exercise in futility. I think it’s more important to focus on the work. Although I will keep my Instagram attacked to this page, just because it’s quite a bit of fun and I’m meeting many interesting people this way.

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