For the first two Reasonably Sound episodes I’ve been experimenting with “Instagram-alongs”. I let people know ahead of time that I’m going to press play at a certain time (“12 noon ET sharp!”) and as the episode progresses I post some supporting visual material to instagram. Each image lets you know when the next image is going to be posted so you don’t have to sit there hitting refresh.
The first two have been really, really fun. It’s a strange mini-performance that I have to do in my studio, coordinating between iTunes, Google Docs (on a computer AND on an iPad), Instagram and Twitter (in case something goes wrong and people need to tell me). My gut keeps telling me that tumblr would be much better suited to this kind of thing, but there are a few reasons I don’t think I’ll leave instagram:
- The difficulty in making this happen (and happen quickly while the podcast is playing) means I can’t over-produce. More than 2 images a minute and it starts to get hairy. For a podcast about SOUND, I think it’s good to force myself to keep the visuals few but meaningful.
- Instagram is also an audio field recorder…ish. I like having episode materials alongside videos where I can record sounds out in the world. Not so simple on tumblr.
I worry, though, that instagram isn’t the best place to have a conversation (I mean, I know it’s not) and that will ultimately be the reason I’ll give up or move on from this format. Either way, for now, it’s fun.
If you didn’t get a chance to join in, since there is time code on each image, it works just as well as a “time shifted” experience. This is the internet! I’d be silly if I expected EVERYONE to be in the same place at the same time.
If you give it a go, for either this episode or episode one, let me know how you like it. ProTip: if you click on Instagram images from the profile-page view on the web, the photo will float and you’ll get little arrows that will let you navigate between images. Handy for just this kind of thing!