I wouldn’t say I’m the most social media-savvy teen. I don’t have a Twitter, I don’t post on my Facebook, and I didn’t make an Instagram until the summer of 2015. I do use Snapchat, because I enjoy the casual vibe of the app. On Snapchat I can make dumb jokes and post silly videos without overthinking it, because they only last for 24 hours. I had Snapchat before Instagram, and decided to make an Instagram because I can show a more artistic side of myself. Snapchat fills the role of me needing a place to vent, and Instagram is where I can share my aesthetically pleasing photos.
For a while I just used just those two accounts as my primary social media. However, I felt that something was lacking; on Snapchat I was a clown and on Instagram I was an artsy photographer, but I didn’t have a place to put funny pictures that were pleasing to the eye. Also, Snapchat doesn’t let me write more than a couple sentences on a post and sometimes I have a lot to share.
Enter my solution: the finstagram, or finsta for short. The word is a combination of the words “fake” and “Instagram” because it’s not the account you’d show to the public. A lot of my friends have had finstas for a while and kept telling me to make one, but I kept rejecting the idea. In my eyes, one account on each application was enough for me. But then I decided to make one over Thanksgiving break, because why not? When I finally had one, I realized what I’d been missing out on.
I refer to my finsta as the trash folder of my rinsta (real Instagram). It’s the pictures that didn’t quite make it, but I still want someone to see them. It’s a middle ground between Snapchat and my more public Instagram. I honestly wish I had made it earlier — I didn’t know how much I needed another creative outlet. Finstas are a more private and they’re perfect for when I want to share something more personal, or just get my feelings out. Posting on my rinsta and Snapchat is nice when I want a lot of people to see what I’m up to. Finstas are nice because I can be myself, unapologetically.