I am a huge Instagram fan. I love photography and I love sharing my pictures and experiences through this photo sharing app. I have been using the app for about a year on my iPhone. Over the year, I slowly noticed that my photography was improving, I was using more and more apps to edit my photos before uploading them to Instagram and my niche shifted. It has now become more specific.
Over the past few days, I have been deleting some of my early Instagram photos. As I have over 500, this has not been an easy task. I am finding it to be quite difficult and tedious. I have realized that if you want to delete any photo, you have to scroll back to the particular photo to delete it. After that, Instagram brings you back to your most recent picture. This is only a problem if you want to delete more than one picture from the past. When you are brought to your most recent photo you then have to scroll back in time and click delete again. Instagram shows you 16 of your photos at a time. Going back 400+ photos means clicking “Load more…” many, many times.
As I refine my photo skills and understand Instagram better, I really only want my best work on the platform now. I tweeted to my friend, Casey, about this the other night. He is very familiar with Instagram so I asked him if there was any way to delete multiple pictures at once. He replied that it could not be done and added that memories are not meant to be deleted. Oh, how I disagree! I definitely think that it is okay to delete some memories. I also tweeted my question to Instagram but have yet to hear back from them. I am hoping that they saw my tweet and will consider adding the option to delete more than one photo at once in a future upgrade.
Imagine wanting to delete a few things from 2009 from your Facebook Timeline, deleting one item and getting bumped back to current day after the deletion. If you wanted to delete something else, you would have to scroll all the way back to 2009 instead of just staying there and deleting the series of posts. It would be very time-consuming and perhaps even give you sensations of carpal tunnel syndrome! That is exactly what I am experiencing with Instagram.
This may or may not be of any relevance to you, my readers, but I wanted to mention it in case any of you decide that you ever want to delete anything. If you think that might be the case, only post your best stuff! Going forward, only really cool or symbolic (or cute!) photos of mine will go on Instagram. If I am not sure that I will want them on Instagram forever then I will probably create them on Instagram, save them in airplane mode and post them onto Facebook. I feel more comfortable with the way that I can control photos on Facebook. If I want to delete a photo or a handful of photos at a time, I can do so very easily. With airplane mode, you can save the photo without actually posting it to the Instagram platform. Try it!