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Looking for an Instagram alternative?

Looking for an Instagram alternative?

With all the furor over the recently announced new terms of service by the Instagram app, which allow them use your photographs in ads, I decided to see if there are any viable alternatives.

instagramlogoThough Instagram rescinded its new plan and revised it, some photographers did jump to other services, but it was only a small bump in the road for the wildly popular photo-sharing service. I’m sure most of the high school and college users, who must make up a majority of users, were not even concerned over the use of their photos in advertisements. Their new updated terms of use goes into effect on January 19, 2013.

With most of the complaints coming from professional photographers and tech writers, I gave some thought to dropping the service, but once you’re connected and have followers, it’s so tough to change to a new app.

OK, I don’t have that many followers on Instagram — 239 to be exact. I was a little late to the party.

For those looking for an alternative to Instagram here are a few choices:

eyeemlogoEyeEm – This seems to be the most popular alternative that matches the Instagram flavor. It has a very similar feel with options including: cropping, filters, frames and the ability to send photos to Twitter and Facebook. There’s the option to view the most popular, but there are plenty of other beautiful photos to look at. This sort of mirrors life: It’s more fun if you’re popular and have lots of followers.

I don’t really have much invested with the EyeEm so I may try following a lot of people and see who follows me back. I haven’t tried this approach with Facebook or Instagram, but I have zero followers since joining EyeEm an hour ago. It’s getting pretty lonely in here.

streamzoologoStreamZoo – In some ways this app is much more interesting than Instagram. StreamZoo takes things to a new level by adding much more creativity including: saturation, hue, tilt-shift, lots of great borders, and collages. I just uploaded my first photo and received a Newbie badge and 2 points. I’m not sure what any of this means, but maybe the more badges and points you have, the bigger your ego grows. Of course, I still have no followers — I’m already losing interest. This is starting to seem like work and my self-esteem is now suffering.

flickrlogoFlickr – I am back using an old friend, Flickr. Time to dust this one off. They had some nice timing by just releasing their new iPhone app, which everyone is raving about . I applaud them for having an income stream with their $24.95-a-year upgrade to the pro account.

The pro account really makes Flickr full-featured, which includes: unlimited uploads up to 50MB per photo, ad-free browsing, uploading HD video, downloading your full-size images and viewable stats. If you have lots of photos, it’s a great way to archive and organize along with sharing and getting critiques from the photo community.

Years ago, Flickr was all the rage, but it seemed to have lost some steam over the years. I had stopped using it, but with the newly designed iPhone app, I’m back.

There are plenty of other editing apps that will give you editing or grungy looking photos with cool borders and the ability to send them off to Twitter or Facebook.

pathlogoPath is more of a Facebook-style app used for sharing your photos and thoughts to a smaller, closer group of friends. I haven’t used this, but it gets great reviews. I’m using Facebook and Google+.

camerapluslogoCamera+  gives you the option to take and edit photographs and send them to sharing sites. It’s more of an advance camera app, giving you more control over taking photographs closer to a conventional camera with a stabilizer, grid lines, exposure and focus controls, a timer and digital zoom.

Hipstamatic  is one of my preferred iPhone apps, featuring an array of creative filters and borders, and allowing users to share to their favorite site. I hipstalogocan’t resist buying the add-on $.99 films and lenses.

Instagram still seems to be the easiest to use, to tweak your filtered, framed, square artistic masterpieces. Add a creative/cute hashtag and send it along to your favorite site.

I use an app on my Mac called Carousel to make viewing photos easy on my desktop computer.

Instagram appears to be going strong and I’m looking forward to seeing my face plastered in an advertisement on the side of a bus one day — once they figure out a way to change their latest terms of service and come up with a plan for a revenue source. It might be my only chance at 15 minutes of fame.

Photo: The Instagram logo is displayed on a smartphone. Credit: Lionel Bonaventure / AFP/Getty Images

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  1. January 10, 2013, 10:00 am

    Have you tried Via.Me yet? They have great filters and also cool borders and funny stickers you can add to your photos. Also, it doesn't stop at photos! You can share video, text and audio clips as well. Definitely worth a try!

    By: Charlotte
  2. January 12, 2013, 8:47 pm

    I thought Hipsta Hipster Cam made a heck of good instagram alternative. It uses existing social networks like facebook and twitter, and creates unique photo filters.

    By: SillyGeeses
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  5. April 27, 2013, 2:43 pm

    Pixerist is a new Android photo filter app that has an artistic way of combining many filters on the same pic. Worth taking a look !… .

    By: Marcelo
  6. November 21, 2013, 8:41 am

    Have you tried Via.Me yet?

  7. February 4, 2014, 3:30 am

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    By: wiki

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