Iconosquare (formerly Statigram)
What It Is:
This is basically a website/client that helps Instagram users better manage their account(s).
What It Does:
Iconosquare works off a user’s Instagram account while also allowing private messaging chats, analytics, and overviews of who is posting or commenting on your Instagram account.
Would My Child Want It?:
If your child is on Instagram, chances are they have heard of or have been on Iconosquare. It has many tools for tracking certain demographics of followers or who is commenting/liking photos but your kids likely won’t care about that and instead would primarily use it for searching hashtags and topics in the search box, which is its main feature for casual users.
Where Can It Be Used?:
It’s an online website.
What Should I Watch Out For?:
Anytime hashtags are involved, you need to be aware that any image that has been given that hashtag—whether it applies or not—can pop up. This allows for hashtag abuse (using a “clean” hashtag on an inappropriate photo).
What Are The Positives?:
- Track and lookup Instagram photos by topic.
- For business-minded users, Iconosquare provides analytical and promotional tools.
What Are The Negatives?:
- Photos with incorrect hashtags
- Site can be searched for inappropriate images.
What We Think:
Iconosquare is an okay place to search for photos, but should you allow your child to use it, monitor the time they spend on the site and ensure they aren’t searching for inappropriate images.