The mobile photo sharing app Instagram grew 78% in April. Most of this can be attributed to it’s buyout by Facebook and the launch of their Android app. More and more people are falling in love with the simple app that allows you to put cool filters on your photographs and share them within the network and out to Facebook and Twitter.
The downside is that there is no web integration. People have to like and comment on photos from their phones. That’s where this weeks cool tool Statigram comes in handy. Sign up with your Instagram account and you have instant access to your Instagram feed from your computer. There are also a couple of really handy features.
When I first heard about the stats page I wasn’t sure what it could possibly offer that wasn’t available on the Instagram app itself, and yes if you had too much time on your hands you could probably collate all these stats yourself. What I like about statigram stats is that they are presented in a very easy to digest way. The obvious ones are there; how many likes and comments you have, how many followers and folowees your have but there’s also a whole lot more. You can delve into your own behaviour further; how many photos have you posted, which filters do you use the most, you can even see which filters get the most likes for your account. There’s a section on tags, the ones that you use and the ones that are most popular on Instagram and an area where you can view your most liked and most commented photos.
From the management menu you can respond to comments on your photographs or add comments. This is very handy if you want to add a stream of #tags in the comments. Typing these on your phone could be slow and frustrating, particularly if you have autotext.
I think it was what I found behind the promote tab that really sold me on Statigram. Here you can find links to your photostream, an RSS feed for your stream and tools to add an Instagram tab to your Facebook page or a box to your Facebook Timeline. I’ll be playing with these myself over the next couple of weeks. I love that I can now share my full feed via the web, it also allows people to comment on your photos by logging in with Facebook. Here’s my feed.
If you are a good photographer and enjoy competitions the contests tab shows you active competitions that you can enter. Even more interestingly it has a built in competitions tool box that helps you run your own contest.
Have you used any of the tools from Statigram? If you have or if you try them out as a result of reading this post I’d love your feedback. Lets talk in the comments section.