Does Instagram Make You a Better Photographer?

Chris asks if sharing your photos online makes you a better photographer. I think it’s a qualified ‘yes’. It can make you better, but perhaps mostly better at taking the sort of photos that fit in on that site. Facebook wants photos of people I know. Instagram is happy with a rough snap of my lunch and pics of our cat. Flickr is ok with most things, but tends towards ‘real’ photography. 500px demands quality.