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Interview: Mike Kus – One of Instagram’s Earliest Users

on October 10, 2012 | Comments (0)

Mike Kus

Mike Kus isn’t your ordinary Instagrammer. A freelance graphic/web designer & illustrator by day, he has amassed a following of over 320K! Based in Bath, England; Mike tends to share sepia-hued images of the historic town and more personal shots of daily life with his 2 young children.

A quick google search reveals the sheer amount of projects Mike involves himself in and how respected he is within his chosen industry. Perhaps what has set him apart from your average Instagrammer is that he sets out to make every new project his best work to date.

We tracked down Mike and posed a few questions for him:

When did you first create an Instagram account?

I think I created my account on the 6th October 2010.

What were your thoughts on Instagram at the time? Could you foresee it’s popularity and the potential it held for you to boost your profile?

I instantly thought is was cool and thought is was great fun to use. It’s became obvious very quickly that Instagram was going to catch on. I’m not sure anyone realised just how huge it would become. i don’t really think about Instagram boosting my profile. I just do it because I like it.

Do you think there’s any formula to becoming a popular user?

Well, for me it was because I was an early adopter, I post regularly and I was also lucky enough to become a suggested user.

What kind of projects have you been asked to become involved in, due to your success on Instagram?

I’ve been asked to do all sort of things through Instagram. I don’t take many on of them on though because they’re often not suitable for my stream. A couple of the things I have done include a backstage shoot for Burberry at London fashion week and also a collection of shots from Sicily for O2.

Finally, what direction do you think Instagram will take in the future?

I’m not sure. Other than improve as an application it’s changed very little since the beginning. It’s very much the same app it was on day 1. I just hope it doesn’t shut down any time soon.

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