Last week I shared a couple tips on how to take better photos with Instagram. While the application was initially limited to iPhone users, it recently became available to a grateful group of Android photographers.
Statigram is a slick web application that integrates with Instagram and allows you to manage your account directly from the web. Once you’ve signed in, you’re presented with your feed in a grid view. Not a fan of grid view? No problem. You can swap between list and slideshow views as well.
Under the Viewer tab, you also have quick access to your photos, printing options for your photos, your likes, your followers, people you follow, and photos that are popular on Instagram.
The printing options for your photos are pretty cool. You can print your Instagram photos nearly anywhere. The options are iPhone cases, fridge magnets, calendars, wall art, stickers, pillows, albums and posters. These are some innovative uses of your Instagram photos and they make great gifts too. For the hardcore Instagrammers, there are also keychains, phone charms, mini stickers, bamboo picture frames and bamboo iPhone cases.
Under the Statistics tab it really gets fun. You initially get presented with an overview of your Instagram stats, from the number of photos that you’ve shared to the number of likes and comments you’ve received. You also have a breakdown of your follower rate along with your scores, which are broken down into your Love, Talk and Spread Rates.
It doesn’t end there. You can drill down even further with options for Rolling month analysis, Content, Engagement, Optimization, and Community. Statigram does a wonderful job of drilling down on your account’s statistics.
You can see the number of photos you’ve posted, your most engaged followers and your most popular photos in the Rolling month analysis, while under content you can see when you posted your first photo, what number user you are (I am number 335,820), when you post your photos, the filters you use most and which tags you use and how often. Engagement pretty much covers all your likes and comments since joining Instagram and which pictures were the most liked and commented on. Optimization takes care of the best times to submit photos, which filters have the most impact and which tags you currently use as opposed to the ones that are the most popular on Instagram to get those likes and comments numbers up. Community encompasses your followers, those you follow, your account growth and the people you enjoy most.
The next tab in the navigation bar is Snapshots. These are quirky pictures based on your stats that you can email to your device and upload to Instagram to share with your followers. It’s a pretty cool feature which I think is a nice touch.
Next is the Management tab which houses a comments tracker on your photos and a function that allows you to send and receive private messages to and from your followers and people you follow.
The Promote tab is up next with some nice features for promotion. You can promote your photos with a public URL, which allows non-Instagrammers to view your photos and an RSS feed, which you can use on your website or blog.
You can also share to Facebook. You may think that this is a no-brainer considering Facebook bought Instagram, but keep in mind that this is an independently developed web app. There is a feed tab for Facebook pages, a Timeline box and a tool to create a Facebook cover photo from your Instagram photos. Your cover photo gets put together relatively quickly, and once the pop up box appears with it, just right click to save.
The final tab is the Contest tab, with current contests being run and also past ones with their winning photos.
Ultimately I can say that this web app appeals both to the iPhoneographer and the geek in me. A mashup of statistics and Instagram is a winner in my books.