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.

Author: 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.