Since October 2010, Instagram has been one of the fastest-growing social networks in history. By the end of March 2012, it had about 30 million iPhone users, and, since the release of the app on Android, Instagram user numbers have balooned to 80 million.
Like all Android users, I’m new to Instagram but really enjoying the experience. After getting to know the tool a bit, I began to think that it was missing two things. First, a browser-based interface that would allow the user to manage photos, comments, likes, and account settings from a laptop. Instagram users know that almost everything usually has to be done with your smartphone, which isn’t always the easiest task.
The second thing about Instagram that left me wanting more was a lack of stats. Initially, I went searching for the “total views” a photo had received Knowing this stat would give me an idea of the types of photos my followers are most interested in, and also how successful my sharing tactics are.
After a bit of Googling, I came across Statigr.am – a brower-based app that gives you dozens of stats about your Instagram usage, essentially filling in both of the gaps that were bothering me about Instagram. Statigram helps you keep track of:
- Reading, posting, and responding to comments
- Liking photos
- Following and unfollowing other users
- The number of photos, likes, comments, and followers you have
- A month-by-month analysis
- Your tag usage – i.e. the most popular tags associated with your account
- The most popular filters you use
- Your most liked and most commented on images
- Best time to post
- Photo lifespan
- Follower growth
- And so on…
They even have extra functionality that includes: the ability to create a Facebook Cover image out of your instagram photos, Instagram follow buttons for your website / blog, an RSS feed, a public URL, and a toolkit for brands to help them setup and monitor photo contests.
And it turns out that I’m not the only one looking for the functionality and statistics Statigr.am offers: just last week they announced that they have reached the 1 Million user mark and are still growing.
Let me know: Do you care to learn more about your Instagram stats?
UPDATE: Since the publication of this post, Statigram changed its name to Iconosquare.