We’re launching an Instagram account
Hello Stackers across Overflow and our Exchanges. We know these are challenging and uncertain times for everyone, and we hope you and yours are doing as well as they can.
This morning, we launched an Instagram account. We’ve had accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Youtube for a while, but never Instagram. We felt it would be fun to join this visual medium where we could highlight great contributions from our community.
Over the last few months we’ve been working to spotlight community contributions by featuring great questions and answers in our newsletter, our weekly StackOverflowKnows blog post, and by shouting out Lifeboat badge winners on the podcast.
With our Instagram, we are going to be creating original animations and illustrations that put a spotlight on the amazing curiosity and knowledge of our community. You can follow our new account here and find all the questions we are spotlighting here. If you have suggestions for questions we should spotlight, tweet at us with the hashtag #StackOverflowKnows or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just as we do with all our social media, we will also be highlighting blog posts, podcast episodes, The Overflow newsletter, community announcements, company news, and product updates.
If you’re a creator who does interesting things at the intersection of software and design, software and art, software and music, or something along those lines, reach out to us at email@example.com. We want to find great creators and offer them the chance to do a week-long takeover of our Instagram stories. It would be a chance for a creator to showcase their work and their process to our audience of millions of developers.
Next week is April Fools in many countries around the world. Traditionally, Stack Overflow goes all out with a big joke. Given the current climate we are taking a different approach, and giving you this year’s “prank” as more of an Easter egg. You’ll have the opportunity to check out something new, and to opt-in to the tongue-in-cheek feature if you feel like it.
That said, we’re giving a few clues to what’s happening next week in our new Instagram account, @thestackoverflow, enjoy the animations, and let us know what you think is coming by leaving a comment on this post or on our Instagram.Tags: announcements, stackexchange, stackoverflow
Please just put the link to each relevant topic in the post description instead of doing that “link in bio” crap. If I’m scrolling through posts I do not want to have to perform two extra actions just to get to the actual content of the post. It’s like you guys posting link-only answers on SO… don’t do it please 🙂
Instagram doesn’t let you post actual links in post descriptions, nor can you select and copy a URL from a post description (in the app). So either people have to retype links from descriptions, or you can tell them to go to the one place you are allowed to post a link. It sucks, but it’s not SE’s fault.
Wow. Yeah that does suck.
I’m pretty sure Instagram doesn’t allow URLs in posts; I suppose they could have the text and assume SO users are clever enough to highlight the URL and use the right-click menu, although that’s not possible for mobile users.
I thought “stackers” was the internal word for Stack Exchange staff?
I thought “Stackers” was a term staff used for other staff? I’ve never heard members of the community use it.
Youtube is the only thing that seems obvious. Which stuffs will be posted on Twitter? Facebook? Instagram?
Typically they advertise interesting network questions on Twitter.
I concur; we aren’t Stackers.
Also: why Instagram? Why not get a [Pixelfed](https://pixelfed.org/) as well / instead? Then everyone could see your stuff, instead of just Instagram users; you’d have access to an open crowd that keeps getting bigger, instead of a closed group that’s shrinking.
Because a billion people use instagram and most people have never heard of that. Federated networks are an interesting concept but are completely unproven. Social media participation is a financial investment for companies, and they are unlikely to make any return on that investment by targeting something as niche as that.
Also, I couldn’t find a source that said the number of instagram users was shrinking.
Can you also have a Mastodon account? https://joinmastodon.org/
I understand the marketing necessity to support non-libre, privacy invading social networks.
So being also on libre and respectable ones is nice solution to move to a better digital world while not isolating oneselves.