Is Instagram Killing Our Community?

On March 15, Instagram shared its plan to make changes to our IG feeds:

You may be surprised to learn that people miss on average 70 percent of their feeds. As Instagram has grown, it’s become harder to keep up with all the photos and videos people share. This means you often don’t see the posts you might care about the most. To improve your experience, your feed will soon be ordered to show the moments we believe you will care about the most.Instagram

Michigan Meetup

Instagram has been an integral part in our meeting families that travel full-time. One of the first families we met through Instagram was the Shanks. They were fairly new to the road and were staying with friends in Michigan. We connected on IG and made plans to meet.

We enjoyed each other’s company so much that we spent a good share of the day together. And then we spent two months together in Florida last winter. And then they stopped in to visit us in Fremont, Michigan this past summer. And then we spent a month together in Texas this winter. And we have plans to meet-up again next winter.

I count them as some of our closest friends. And we met them through Instagram.

Another Michigan Meetup

This past summer we caught lunch and took a walk in the rain with two families that drove up from Indiana. The Norrells launched a few months before and the Saffles were preparing for the traveling family life. The two families had met at an Indiana State Park, via IG. They contacted us, via IG, and we planned to meet.

We didn’t know then how Instagram would allow opportunity for us to meet up with the Norrells a few more times in Texas.

San Antonio Meetup

While we were in the greater San Antonio area we attended meet-ups with other full-time traveling families. How did we hear about these meet-ups?

Instagram.

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I saw this photo posted by Take That Exit. I recognized the park (we’d been there a few times in the past). I commented on the photo and kept coming back to look at the discussion. Several other families were planning to stay at that park at the same time. So, I commented again:

@takethatexit Any chance we can have an informal meetup next week in San Antonio?

Heather of Take That Exit took on coordinating things and we drove down for the evening for the meet-up. It was great meeting other families that we have been following on IG and to reconnect with families we knew before they began traveling.

One of our first IG contacts --the Shanks

One of our first IG contacts --the Shanks

Pedernales Falls State Park meet up with @huckleberry_adam, @huckleberry_jenn, @joehendricks, @rhondahendricks

Pedernales Falls State Park meet up with @huckleberry_adam, @huckleberry_jenn, @joehendricks, @rhondahendricks

Climbing Enchanted Rock in Fredricksburg, TX with @huckleberry_adam and @huckleberry_jenn

Climbing Enchanted Rock in Fredricksburg, TX with @huckleberry_adam and @huckleberry_jenn

Another San Antonio Meetup

This past weekend we were planning to leave the San Antonio area when another group of full-timing families invited us to join them for an early Easter get-together. The group was made up of people we had met before and new families we didn’t know. It was a great time swimming, game playing, eating together and slapping mosquitoes off each other’s foreheads.

You had to be there.

And how did we hear about this last meet-up?

You guessed it. Instagram.

Any More Meetups?

Instagram has been a great social media tool for traveling families. It’s allowed us to actually be social in person.

So, what will this algorithm change do to these last-minute meet-up opportunities? I’m hoping nothing.

But we’re worried that by not just showing us a chronological feed, we’ll miss a photo that would lead to a meetup.

And a new friend.

I haven’t noticed any differences in my IG feed yet, have you?

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