Instagram is emerging as a social network in its own right, and the photo sharing service had one of its first big moments this week when Winter Storm Nemo hit the Northeast — and users flocked to share the storm’s ravages live on the internet through Instagram and Twitter.
Instagram’s capabilities for real time information sharing were well realized during Nemo — if emergency SMS alerts have replaced traditional means of alert, Instagram has provided a new, real-time way of sharing pics effectively, especially given its natural affinity for the open linked service Twitter — where other users uploaded Twitpic images as well to document Nemo’s arrival. (And cracked Nemo jokes.)
Users on Instagram took to the service to share their storm experiences, like this dude, who went surfing, blizzard or no:
Others painted a more bucolic picture on Instagram of Nemo, like this user in Boston:
— Jen Royle (@Jen_Royle) February 9, 2013
Even mainstream media sources hit up Twitter and Instagram and Nemo pounded through, snapping the day and night’s events and sharing with the web at large:
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) February 10, 2013
Still more users snapped themselves or others out and about enjoying the snowfall:
— Laura Stafford (@laura_loso) February 9, 2013
During Nemo, did you use Instagram and TwitPic for a real-time gauge of the storm?