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Instagram now has over a billion users. That’s a seventh of the human beings alive on planet Earth today.
But while some (nay, probably a majority) use the social network to peacock their wares, hate-like their rivals weekend getaways, or get to know someone before they embarrass themselves on their first Tinder date, Instagram has a number of other use cases.
Understand our planet
Use it to learn more about this weird rock we live on.
Want to learn more about South Africa? Want to be able to name different planes simply by looking at them? Want to understand how to make pickled vegetables? Instagram’s your answer.
For perspectives beyond the surface of the Earth, astronauts from the International Space Station are well worth your time.
Follow the news
Breaking news? Chances are it’ll be online.
Instagram may not be as adept at disseminating breaking news as Twitter, but the social network’s hashtag system often offers different perspectives into breaking events.
From #HurricaneFlorence, to the #Johannesburg CBD fire last month, to the snow which fell across South Africa a few weeks ago, unbeknown citizen journalists often post videos and stills of the world around them.
Learn how to cook
Recipes may be hard to come by on the social network, but it’ll definitely make you hungry regardless.
Cooking can be pretty daunting, but Instagram is a beautiful source of inspiration for experienced cooks and information for newbies alike.
Follow the world’s leaders
Twitter can be toxic, so why not follow world leaders in an entirely different environment?
Create a shopping list
If you’re not willing to completely ditch your current way of life on Insta, why not use it to catalogue worldly things you like?
For me, it’s one of the best ways to keep tabs on clothes you may want to purchase in the future.
But it’s also useful for shopping jewellery, accessories, or building a personal look book for a future apartment.
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