Linimasa Instagram Lebih Ringkas (dan Lebih Bermanfaat)

Foto oleh Kate Torline di Unsplash

Setelah saya bebersih akun Instagram, dengan mengurangi jumlah following, linimasa Instagram dan Instagram Stories menjadi lebih ringkas. Sebenarnya bukan cuma mengurangi, tapi memang jadi ada akun yang malah saya ikuti. Tapi, secara umum saya kurangi. Dan, akun yang saya berhenti ikuti cukup banyak. Berikut yang sudah hampir tidak ada di lnimasa Instagram saya:

  1. Akun selebritas. Hampir tidak lagi akun selebritas yang saya ikuti. Ya, dulu mungkin menarik untuk diikuti, tapi setelah dipikir-pikir, buat apa ya saya ikuti? Walaupun mungkin masih ada, tapi bagi saya mereka itu lebih kepada figur publik, dan saya memang suka dengan kontennya — yang kebanyakan bukan terkait posisi dia sebagai seberitas.
  2. Akun terkait hobi, jualan, dan lebih spesifik akun jualan tanaman. Ketika hype hobi bertanam muncul dan makin teman saya yang hobi bercocok tanam — baik hidroponik maupun tanaman hias — saya banyak mengikuti akun dengan tema tersebut. Jadi, mungkin linimasa saya sekarang tidak sehijau beberapa bulan kemarin.
  3. Akun layanan daring seperti Gojek Indonesia dan Grab, termasuk akun layanan digital seperti dompet digital, layanan perbankan, dan akun yang terkait dengan niaga-el (e-commerce), juga sudah tidak ada dalam linimasa saya. Walaupun, aplikasinya beberapa masih terinstal di ponsel Android saya.
  4. Akun yang tidak saya kenal. Dulu saya mengikuti balik akun Instagram yang mengikuti akun saya. Tapi, setelah saya secara acak ikuti, ternyata saya heran karena ya… sebenarnya tidak kenal. Bahkan, ada yang saya tidak memiliki “mutual connection”.
  5. Akun terkait dunia penerbangan, akun wisata/perjalanan, atau hiburan. Termasuk akun travel/food blogger. Saya sisakan mungkin tidak sampai 10 dalam kategori ini.
  6. Akun yang tidak aktif. Saya lihat daftar akun yang saya ikuti dan menghapus cukup banyak akun yang selama ini hampir tidak pernah saya lihat di linimasa atau Instagram Stories. Tapi, ya bisa saja karena saya tidak masuk dalam “Closed Friend” akun tersebut. Yang soal ini ya tidak apa-apa juga. Kadang sebelumnya saya lihat dulu akunnya sekadar melihat kapan konten terakhir diunggah.

Sepertinya ya sesuai hasil yang ingin dituju: lebih ringkas — dan lebih “ada manfaatnya”. Karena, sebenarnya ada cukup banyak akun yang malah saya ikuti. Dan, kebanyakan adalah terkait dengan pandemi COVID-19, seperti akun dokter, atau akun yang berisi infomrasi singkat dan tentunya bermanfaat.

Fitur Last Activity di Instagram dan Cara Menonaktifkannya

Saya suka dengan Instagram. Mungkin Instagram adalah aplikasi media sosial yang paling sering saya gunakan saat ini, termasuk Twitter. Aplikasi lain seperti Path sudah saya tinggalkan cukup lama. Facebook, saya sudah nonaktifkan paling tidak untuk saat ini.

Baru-baru ini, Instagram melalui perbaruan aplikasinya merilis fitur “Last Activity Status”.  Fitur ini kurang lebih seperti WhatsApp, dimana kita bisa melihat kapan terakhir kali seorang dalam kontak terlihat aktif. Bedanya, di Instagram, fitur ini untuk melihat kapan terakhir kali seorang pengguna ‘terlihat’ menggunakan/membuka aplikasi Instagram.

Informasi tersebut terlihat melalui fitur Direct Message. Dibawah username, terlihat kapan terakhir kali pengguna tersebut menggunakan Instagram.

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Jadi, semua follower akan dapat melihat informasi ini? Tidak. Informasi ini hanya terlihat oleh akun yang kita follow, atau yang sebelumnya telah mengiriman pesan pribadi (direct message).

Tentu saja ini bukan fitur yang diingikan semua orang. Apalagi fitur ini secara default dalam status diaktifkan. Namun, kita bisa menonaktifkan fitur ini jika tidak menginginkannya.

Menonaktifkan fitur ‘Last Activity’

Cara menonaktifkan fitur ini cukup mudah, baik di aplikasi Instagram berbasis Android atau iOS.

  1. Buka aplikasi Instagram
  2. Masuk ke Profil, kemudian sunting profil
  3. Pada pilihan “Show activity status”, ubah pengaturan menjadi Off (Tidak aktif)

Pengaturan ini akan menonaktifkan fitur ini sepenuhnya, sehingga kita juga tidak bisa melihat status aktivitas pengguna lain juga.

Sample Photos: Here are picplz filters in action

Instagram got its popularity these days. It’s exclussively available only for Phone, iPad, and iPod touch users. Just to remind you, Instagram got its 150,000,000 photos uploaded to the service last August. Also, Klout made Instagram as one of the Klout score factors.
There are some similar services offer what Instagram offers, for example Streamzoo, Shnap and picplz. They might not exactly the same, but they share some similar features. I use Instagram as my primary mobile photography activity. I’m still using Flickr anyway and even Instagram — picplz has this feature too — offers direct upload to Flickr, I decided not to use it.
As I said earlier, I use Instagram. I’ve tried picplz too. You probably love the way how you edit your photos using filters provided by Instagram, or picplz. picplz offers some filters and I think they’re great. I want to show you some picplz filters in action here. And, these are some basic information about technical condition:

  • Taken using iPhone 4 (using iOS 5)
  • I use picplz (Version 1.7.1) for iPhone

In this following photos (with filters), I use a photo taken using iPhone 4 camera without any image editing. Here’s the original photo.

Before sending a photo to picplz, you can manipulate it with some filters like “Russian Toy Camera”, “The 70s”, “Little Plastic Lens”, “High Contrast Monochrome”, and more. When I tested, there are 17 different filters. Most of them are just another filter variations, by having “border” and “no border” filters. Of course, you can send your photos edited by external photo editing applications on your phone and send it to picplz.
I only did some basic actions:

  • ┬áImport photo from Camera Roll to picplz
  • Apply a filter
  • Send it directly to picplz (and to Flickr so that I can embed it to this article)
  • Photos sent in “Highest quality” setting

Now, take your time to see picplz photo filters. This article has some pages so that you don’t need to upload all photos in one page. Just use the navigation at the bottom of the article.

I don't send Instagram photos to Flickr automatically. Why?

I like taking photos using my iPhone 4 and send them to Instagram. At the same time, I also like Flickr. iPhone 4, Nokia N8, and Flickr should be a great combination. Both Instagram and Flickr have their good and bad. And, I think both services can not be compared. Each service has its own medium and audiences, including the way how contents delivered to its users.
Posting to Instagram is super easy. If you use it, you know what I mean. It also has filters. There are some good photography applications to edit or manipulate photos available for download at App Store. Everything looks perfect. But, I decide not to post my photos sent to Instagram to Flickr stream automatically. Yes, it’s a very easy process and I don’t do it. Why? Here are my personal three main reasons:

1. It’s not big enough

When a photo posted to Instagram, it will be posted in multiple sizes. They are Thumbnail (150×150), Medium (306×306), and Large (612×612). Even I can post the large photo, it’s not big enough for me. I want to have my photos on Flickr as my personal photography archive too. By uploading manually to Flickr — from desktop or directly using application like Flickr for iPhone I can bigger photo, even the original photo size — taken using my iPhone.

Instagram and how Instagram works with its users

Yes, I’m joining Instagram under @thomasarie username. Having a desired username for Instagram username is easy and should be painless. But, that didn’t happen to me at first. I wanted to have @thomasarie as my username, but I was a little bit unlucky. I contacted Instagram support team after doing some attempts to get my username — yes, I want to have same username for some services :)
Here’s a little bit story.
I created an Instagram account before I bought an iPhone just to secure my username. Then, after I bought myself an iPhone 4, I tried to login to my Instagram account. Nothing special, except I have to deal with my password. Yes, I forgot my password! Okey, you can laugh now. :D
So, I used the forgot password feature. I waited for few minutes and no reset password instruction being delivered. Maybe something was broken. I tried it again next day, and I still didn’t have any instructions to reset my password. I jumped to the Instagram Support Center to find out a solution. There are some details about account troubleshooting including account password, username and email address.

To reset your password:

  • Follow the link above and enter the email address you used to sign up for Instagram
  • Click on the link in the email
  • Reset your password and login with your username and new password

Please email [email protected] if you are not receiving the password reset email in your inbox or cannot remember what username or email address you used to sign up for an account (as many details about the account as you can provide are appreciated!).


At that time, it didn’t work. So, I pushed my luck by sending a support ticket. During the period, I played with Instagram under another username. Lucky Instagram has feature to change username. So, when I’m able to have my desired username, I can move to it. I sent my last support ticket on August 11,2011. And, Instagram team replied my ticket on August 16, 2011! You know what the best part was? They gave me my username with a new password! Whooa! I logged in to my account, and changed the password right away into something I-will-not-forget-again!
After that, I did few things to move my active Instagram account under this username. Great! Thank you Instagram!
I know the fact that Instagram team is busy and keep its service up and running without any issues. I’m not blaming them for my issue. It was completely my mistake. But, having my problem solved less than a week is still really great for huge and busy service like this. Do I have a happy Instagram experience? I do.

Klout Adds Five New Networks

If you like to analyze influence using a service called Klout — or, you like to analyze your own Klout score — this might be a good news. Klout just added five new services to build (hopefully) better scoring. You can now add services like Tumblr, Instagram, Blogger.com, Flickr and Last.fm.
The additional services try to cover popular services for blogging, photo sharing and also audio. Those services make internet users become more connected each other.

I’m curious whether other popular services like WordPress, Smugmug and Google Plus will be added there or not. Google Plus does not have its API right now. Okey, we’ll see. How’s your Klout score?

Instagram now received more than 150,000,000 photos!

Instagram announced another milestone yesterday on their blog:

Today, we’re excited to announce that more than 150 million photos have been shared on Instagram and Instagrammers now share photos with one another at a rate of 15 photos per second.

And, it only took less than a year to hit that impressive statistics! And, I never had a chance to have Instagram-experience. Should I get an iPhone? Errr…
Anyway, this is the 150,000,000th photo posted to Instagram:

What about other similar service like Yahoo! Flickr or Smugmug? Even they’re not identical services and probably reach different users, it’s still interesting to read the statistics.
Flickr — owned by Yahoo! — just got its 5,000,000,000 last year. Yahoo! bought Flickr in March 2005. That’s right, it was six years ago. I don’t know exactly how many photos sent to Flickr per day, but it seems that Flickr got less photos — considering the photo sharing services and their simplicity these days. Well, correct me if I’m wrong on this matter.
Another photo sharing service is Smugmug. It’s not that big, but it seems that Smugmug has many happy users. If we look at the service profile, there are more than 1,400,000,000 photos uploaded. Smugmug was launched in November 2002.
And, last but not least, there is also 500px. Not sure about the exact photo statistics, but last week update posted on 500px blogs can give you some hints. According to the website statistics: “500px.com passed 4 million visits in the last 30 days, 35 million pageviews and 1.9 million unique visitors”.