Moving on from Instagram

After some years and two different Instagram accounts I’ve decided to delete both of them for a variety of reasons. Here goes:

  • There are whole bunches of features that will never come to make it a true photo sharing resource. I don’t think we will ever see folders or nested folders or replying with an image.
  • We will never see a desktop client. It means I have to send the photos to the iPhone first from the camera and then share them. I would like some choice and would like to have the images on the sdcard mounted on my MacBook.
  • The application’s commenting is clumsy and I don’t think it adheres to a conversation view real well.
  • The app does not treat images well and always wants to resize or crop them. I can only share however many as well.
  • Location sharing is always iffy. Sometimes it cannot find a place that Facebook can.
  • I would like a true community of users that I can join. Perhaps a Fuji x100f community.

So many things that make it a step back from a community site like Flickr. When I consider what I want Instagram does almost none of them. I guess if you are looking at it social media and followers and getting a business or other agenda going it’s cool. I don’t think it’s really made for camera users at all. If you use a phone camera it’s all good.

So on 1 January I’m gone. I shared my last image there today. I’ll be sharing on google photos to Facebook and twitter and will be on Flickr with a subset of images of my travels to share.

So long Instagram. You were underwhelming when it mattered.

Published by Michael Perry

I've been blogging for over 20 years and now am living in Southeast Asia. The blog is about my slow vagabonding wherever I want to go. My home base is in Cambodia but I'm rarely there.

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