When I challenged myself earlier this year to post photos of realistic, veganish meals every day for a year for my food blog, I chose to go with Instagram as my platform. It’s going pretty well. I’ve gained a following of people that actually want to see pictures of food all day. Some people get annoyed by that, but there are those of us that get inspired by it and can’t wait to get into the kitchen.
I like the concept of Foodspotting – finding and sharing great dishes, not just restaurants – and signed up for an account a long time ago. As I usually do, I setup my profile and linked my other social media accounts when I first set it up. Then, promptly forgot about it. Well, let’s be fair, I think I posted one dish, then forgot about it.
All of a sudden today, I get a few emails saying that someone commented on my post in Foodspotting. “That’s a great find. Thanks!” I’m thinking, “that’s weird, because I haven’t posted there in months!” So, I login and find that several of my Instagram photos are there.
So, I check my settings and since I had linked my Instagram account at the beginning, Foodspotting was automatically sharing my Instagrams that were tagged with #foodspotting or #food AND were a post where I had checked in at a place/restaurant.
I’m kinda glad I stumbled across this. That means that, without doing any extra work, I can automatically share food pics from restaurants to Foodspotting from Instagram. Actually, I’d been doing it all along, just didn’t know it.
The great thing about it was that the integration was so good that all the posts were relevant. None of them were out of place for the context of the site. They were pics of food that I’d taken when eating at that restaurant. And, the descriptions were usually about the dish. Perfect.
Now that I know it’s setup like that, I’ll check in more often when eating out. Because, yes, I’m that crazy person that won’t let people dig in until I’ve snapped a few pics. Well, do you blame me? Food looks gross after you start eating it.
Want to connect Foodspotting & Instagram for yourself?
Here’s how to do it
Sign in to Foodspotting (or signup for a free account)
I sign in using Facebook. It’s quick and easy.
Then, click on the little triangle next to your profile picture on the top right. Then, click “Settings”.
Then, scroll down and connect your Instagram account. Make sure to check the box that says, “When I post a photo to Instagram tagged with #foodspotting or #food, create a review on Foodspotting”. After you’ve successfully connected your Instagram account, you’re done!
Now, the next time you’re at a restaurant taking a food pic, add #foodspotting #fs or #food to your Instagram and it’ll create a review for you. As a downside, it looks like it only works if you include the hashtag in your main description (not a comment afterward). I like to add my hashtags in the comments, so they’re kinda out of the way. So, that’s a bit of a bummer.
Even with that, it’s still a useful integration/automation to know about for food bloggers, media and the like. Here’s the post from the Foodspotting blog about the integration.
So, do you use Foodspotting a lot? Have you found it to be a helpful in finding great food?