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INSTAGRAM AND ME: Social Media’s ups and downs

A few years ago a friend gave me his old smartphone (ageing [him], he opted for a bigger screen that gave him a better chance of reading the text and hitting the correct letters). Having avoided this sort of device for years because my day job involved lengthy hours on the phone with banking clients, I couldn’t refuse.

What happened next was a mini-revelation. Instead of just having a telecommunications device in my handbag I now had a handy camera. I started snapping away, and thus I discovered Instagram (owned by Meta) where I could share my photos. A picture-based social network, you choose who to follow and block those you’ve no interest in. The algorithm for this has changed a bit recently and they now intersperse posts by those you follow with people that they think you might like. A pain, but some suggestions are good.

This happened to me last week and I discovered ‘’. I think they suggested it because, when I started posting, it was January (a month I find difficult for all sorts of reasons) and to cheer myself up I searched for signs of shorter nights, longer days, and upcoming Spring; I chose buds and flowers as my theme. To my delight a recent suggestion were two posts about Fibonacci flowers, photos of which I attach below.

According to them the Fibonacci ratio encompasses DNA structure, leaf distribution in flowers, planetary orbital periods, cellular division, fractal ramifications and animal family trees. They also remind me that: ‘The Golden Ratio, also known as Phi, is an irrational number found at different scales in nature. Represented by the 21st letter of the Greek alphabet, Phi (Ф), its values are 1.618 for the uppercase Phi and 0.618 for the lowercase phi; Phi and phi are adjacent Fibonacci numbers expressed as ratios.’

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