The end of the long Instagram video

After the last 11 months, only two Instagram users—myself and an Indonesian user called TryAink—uploaded videos of over a minute (his were up to four). It looks like he and I were experimenting to see how much Instagram would really allow. I guess we were the guinea pigs before IGTV was launched, though unlike those using that service, our videos were all landscape.
   You’ve seen plenty of mine, so here’s one of his.

   It does seem that all good things come to an end, and neither TryAink nor I have access to the longer video uploads any more. I can try, but Instagram refuses to make the video live.

   Mind you, we were the first to get long Instagram videos, then the public got them. Maybe Instagram is going to phase out videos, as we’re the first to suffer an inability to upload them? (I jest for the most part—as stranger things have happened with Facebook-owned properties.)
   What is interesting is that with life being so busy, and with the massive increase in ads, Instagram has not been holding my attention. I also became very spoiled with the longer videos, so much so that 60 seconds feels bizarrely short. Then there’s the problem of Instagram videos being incompatible with Android 7, so all my videos had to be Bluetoothed to my old, damaged phone for uploading.
   The result of the above is that I have reduced my time on the platform considerably, because why am I jumping through hoops created by the incompetence of boffins when it is technology that should be serving me?
   The loss of Instagram maps all those years ago was an inconvenience, but the loss of a feature that I regarded as the norm, plus advertisements that are irrelevant—not to mention undesirable—are turning my cellphone into a cellphone, rather than a portable leisure device where I shared and enjoyed photos.

Speaking of Facebook incompetence, I caught a few minutes (while cooking) of a documentary called Inside Facebook, airing on Aljazeera English. An undercover reporter secretly films a moderators’ training session on what Facebook’s standards are.
   Did you wonder why so many of the Christchurch terrorist attacks’ videos remained online? Turns out Facebook’s policy is that screened deaths are OK. The default position is that they’re marked with a warning, not removed. As to child abuse, none of those videos are removed as a rule.
   This is a sick company that appears to prey on the inhuman impulses some have, for the sake of monetizing them. I cannot be high and mighty about this, because I haven’t deleted my account, and keep saying that I’m on there for a few clients who ask me to look after their social media. When I think more deeply about this, it ain’t good enough. I need to find a way out, including for my clients who receive DMs for their businesses on there.

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3 thoughts on “The end of the long Instagram video

  1. I have an account, but I personally don’t like the style of Instagram. The way it’s typically used just really bothers me- casual photography that wholly depends on a mobile device. I can’t easily upload photos or artwork, without having to use a Bluetooth connection to transfer items from my desktop to my tablet.

    p.s. I had a dream about you very early this morning- I don’t know why. Especially since my dream states seem to get details distorted and grossly altered.

  2. Once again WordPress gave me no notifications you had left messages. I apologize for not responding earlier, J. I believe there is an Instagram for Desktop plug-in for Chrome, if that could help. However, it is more limited than the native app for Android or IOS. I am tiring of it though. Like you I find the file transfer boring, and the images for Lucire’s Instagram account, for instance, have to come off the desktop (at least the way I do it). Hence only my personal account gets updated to any significant degree.
       I may look at Pixelfed, an open-source alternative, but overall I’m losing interest in Instagram when I get a sufficiently creative outlet at work.

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