I’ve finally got with the latest trend and joined Instagram, no doubt months (or even years) too late!
It was a “right fiddle” getting everything installed. My mobile phone and/or tariff aren’t capable of supporting photo handling, so I set up an account on the computer. Then I found I needed to download an app before I could post any photos. What? I thought Instagram shared pics instantly and virtually automatically. Shows how wrong you can be.
I don’t use Apple and don’t trust Google so downloaded the Microsoft version of the app. It took ages. Checking files. Restoring data. Please wait. Etcetera. But after much finger-drumming it was finally ready. I hit ‘launch’ and prepared to upload my photos.
Except that I couldn’t. It wouldn’t let me. There was a nice big shiny button labelled ‘share photos and videos’ right there in the middle of the screen, but it didn’t do anything. At all. I tried clicking, I tried pressing, I tried clicking again (and again, repeatedly), I tried swearing at it, I tried a special Tess Makovesky Hard Stare. But even that didn’t work.
Frustrated, I Googled the problem and found I was not alone – the MS app won’t let you upload photos from your computer unless you have a… wait for it… touch screen. How nice of them to let everyone know this before they download a useless app. Not.
Fortunately a helpful techie site came to my rescue by recommending InstaPic, which is free to download from the Microsoft store and lets you upload pics to your Instagram account. It’s not brilliant – I can only load one photo at a time, then have to close the program and re-open before loading another, single, pic. But at least it’s something, and has let me get started with a few publicity stills for ‘Raise the Blade’, and some shots of interesting statues around Birmingham that I’d snapped over the years.
I’ll obviously be adding more, including other less well-known corners of Birmingham and some location shots for my book. So to catch these, do feel free to follow me on https://www.instagram.com/tessmakovesky/. I’m looking forward to seeing you there.