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Are Your Pics Blue Enough? How to Turn Your Photos Into Instagram ‘Like’ Magnets

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Want to get more likes on Instagram? Make sure your images are predominantly blue, spaciously cropped, bright and mildly desaturated.

At least those are the criteria handed down by Philadelphia-based research firm Curalate, which recently shared the results of an extensive study charting likes for 8 million Instagram posts against 30 image parameters.

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According to the survey, other factors that contribute to an image’s likeability include:

  • Dominance of a single color, preferably blue
  • Brightness in the 65-80 percent range
  • A recognizable background (i.e. don’t crop tightly)
  • Mild desaturation, like what you get with the “Walden” or “Rise” filters
  • Uploaded via Twitter

Oddly, some of the Instagram results directly contradict an earlier Curalate survey on Pinterest popularity. That study advised going for a reddish-orange hue rather than blue. Also good for Pinterest but apparently not Instagram: 50-percent saturation and multiple dominant colors.

One possible explanation is that images with a single dominant color are so rare (10 percent or so) on Instagram that they tend to stand out.

(via The Daily Mail)


 
 
  • keirinrcr

    Or, y’know… PUPPIES!

  • Chris

    Actually, the biggest explanation is probably user base. Pinterest has a more female (80% vs 60ish%) user base, and also caters to both an older, wealthier, less urban crowd.

  • Lucas Hoffmann

    I can’t believe they didn’t calculate the cat factor… amateurs…

  • harumph

    My next book: Blue Cats!

  • brob

    or be a hot chick

  • Clayton Finley

    easy, just #cats every photo. Done and done. ( seriously, random bad photo over filtered photo with #cats and watch the likes roll in. )

  • Don Schafe

    Wonder how many likes ‘blue balls’ would get?

  • MJ Coffey

    I see what you did there. Like.

  • Matt

    Interesting. I that would be a cool study to try and measure physcial, social and economic prefereces to images.

  • Whayne

    What’s an instagram?

  • AlienDan

    What a stupidly unscientific comparison of images.