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25 Instagram alternatives and Instagram’s future

Instagram alternatives are being examined as the photo sharing app set new policies today that are invasive to users, causing many to consider leaving the community. It is our wish that the policies be redacted, but the new policies go into effect in less than 30 days.

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New Instagram policies make Instagram alternatives look good

Today, Instagram dominated headlines as their new policies allow the photo sharing app, owned by Facebook, to use any photo or likeness a user posts in an advertisement, which privacy experts have called a questionable practice, as there is no opt-out, rather users only have the option to delete their account. Also problematic is that the company makes no exceptions for minors, and ads may not be clearly labeled as ads, so a picture of you and your daughter may pop up in the system as an ad for family counseling, making it appear you endorse the advertiser, or the Facebook advertiser featured within the app, as ads are the likely next step for Instagram.

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The problem with deleting accounts is that Facebook has a bad track record with holding on to photos not only internally, but publicly accessible, as was discovered this spring, so weary users have cause to remain weary, as Instagram could say photos take a certain amount of time to be deleted from their servers, and oops, they thought that picture of you drunk was still a live photo, and you’re now the poster child for Bacardi in ads because you look awesome while drinking.

We suspect that because Flickr just went through a massive mobile app update, making it more community-centric, and the user interface has gotten a lot sexier, many Instagram users will simply shift to Flickr, and because Twitter just added filters with the help of Aviary, many people will likely just stick with Twitter and share updates from Twitter to Facebook. Additionally, we suspect that for those feeling burned by the instantly invasive nature of the new Instagram policies, Path, the ultra private photo sharing social network may start looking good, especially since they too have hipstery camera filters and the ability to share updates in a closed network (the entire goal of the network).

For users considering leaving Instagram, OpenPhoto can be used to pull all images from Instagram (as well as Facebook, Flickr, and others, by the way) and sending them to Dropbox, CX, and other cloud storage destinations, or Instaport.me simply downloads all of your Instagram photos to your desktop so that if you delete your Instagram account, you don’t lose all of your photos.

For those considering leaving (and many won’t, but some will), in addition to Path, here are 24 more alternatives to Instagram, some are available on Android, others on iOS, some on both, and some offer community, others simply allow you to use filters and share to Facebook or Twitter. App links appear beneath all photos:


instagram alternatives

1. Flickr

Flickr for iOS
Flickr for Android


instagram alternatives

2. Twitter

Twitter for iOS
Twitter for Android


snapseed

3. Snapseed

Snapseed for iOS
Snapseed for Android


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4. Pixlr-o-matic

Pixlr-o-matic for iOS
Pixlr-o-matic for Android


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5. Via.me

Via.me for iOS
Via.me for Android


fxcamera

6. FxCamera

FxCamera for iOS
FxCamera for Android


camera-plus

7. Camera +

Camera + for iOS only


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8. Hipster

Hipster for iOS
Hipster for Android


eye-em-app

9. EyeEm

EyeEm for iOS
EyeEm for Android


anypic

10. Anypic

Anypic for iOS only


picsart

11. PicsArt

PicsArt for Android only


camera-fun-pro

12. Camera Fun Pro

Camera Fun Pro for iOS
Camera Fun Pro for Android


tadaa

13. Tadaa

Tadaa for iOS only


100camerasin1

14. 100 Cameras in 1

100 Cameras in 1 for iOS only


streamzoo

15. Streamzoo

Streamzoo for iOS
Streamzoo for Android


camera-bag

16. Camera Bag

Camera Bag for iOS only


starmatic

17. Starmatic

Starmatic for iOS only
Bonus: Starmatic offers importing of all Instagram photos.


Other Instagram alternatives

In addition to Path and the 17 apps mentioned above, these seven are worth looking into if none of the above tickle your fancy, all offering a unique twist on photo taking and sharing:

  1. Hipstamatic for iOS
  2. BlipFoto for iOS
  3. ProCamera for iOS
  4. Fhotoroom for Windows Phone
  5. VintageJS for iOS
  6. Backspaces for iOS
  7. PicYou for iOS

Our true hope for Instagram

It is our true hope for Instagram that they immediately reverse their decision on their new policy, but it looks unlikely, given how unresponsive they have been to press from local to national, traditional to digital, and because they are owned by Facebook who has opted to not allow consumers to vote on privacy policies anymore, privacy no longer appears to be a priority.

Many users will likely respond by leaving and jumping ship for one of the photo apps listed above, but the ideal situation would be for Instagram to redact their new policies. You can push Instagram to do just that by tweeting @Instagram, @Kevin (Kevin Systrom, CEO, Co-Founder of Instagram), and @MikeyK (Co-Founder of Instgram) asking them to revert the new policy to preserve the community before it’s too late and all that’s left is spammers, kids that don’t know any better, or users that don’t know what privacy means in the first place (not anywhere that sounds like a worthy destination for users).

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Facebook’s Résumé takes another shot at LinkedIn

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Facebook took another swipe at LinkedIn by introducing a new Résumé feature.

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Any job hunter is likely familiar with the little section somewhere during the application process where you’re asked to enter in social media information. Thankfully, Facebook is usually an optional field.

While I try to keep what the public can see of my social media profiles toned down enough as to not cause my grandmother to blush, I’m still not quite comfortable sharing my profile with prospective employers.

I’m sure many out there feel the same, and Facebook knows this.

Tinfoil hat theories aside, LinkedIn may be shaking in their boots as Facebook begins to advance their growth in the professional sector in their pursuit of social media domination.

Facebook has begun experimenting with a new Résumé/CV feature that works as an extension of your standard “Work and Education” section on a Facebook profile page, allowing users to share work experience in more detail with friends and family but most importantly: potential employers.

Luckily, the new Résumé/CV feature won’t be sharing personal photos or status updates, but will rather combine all the relevant information into a single, professional-looking package.

So far this feature appears to be rolled out to a small number of users, and it’s unclear when it will be officially launched, but this isn’t the first time Facebook has dipped their toes in the waters of the job sector, or took a jab at LinkedIn.

Several months ago, Jobs was launched, a feature that allows Business Pages to post job openings through the status composer, and keep track of them on their Page’s Jobs tab.

A Facebook spokesperson commented on the intent behind the new Résumé/CV feature, “At Facebook, we’re always building and testing new products and services.

We’re currently testing a work histories feature to continue to help people find and businesses hire for jobs on Facebook,” and so this is just the beginning of Facebook’s plan to become a one-stop-shop and create a more seamless way for people to find and get jobs.

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Tag photos, connect with friends, order food?

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Facebook seems to be sprawling into every nook and cranny of life and now, they’re infiltrating food delivery.

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Facebook is now bringing you food! Although, no one was really asking them to.

In the age of Instagram and Snapchat, Facebook is attempting to transform into more than just a social media platform. They have partnered up with food delivery services to help users order food directly from their site.

They hope to streamline the process by giving users a chance to research, get recommendations and order food without ever leaving the site.

Facebook has partnered with their existing delivery services including EatStreet, Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow and Olo in addition to restaurants to fast track the process.

The scenario they imagine is that while scrolling through the newsfeed, users would feel an urge to eat and look to Facebook for their options.

After chatting up friends via Facebook Messenger to ask for the best place to go, users would visit the restaurant’s page directly, explore their menu and decide to order. When ordering, you will have the option to use one of the partnered delivery services either with an existing account or by creating a new one.

The benefit is you stay on one site the entire time. With the time you save, the food can get to you faster, which is a plus for everyone.

Assuming that people already live on Facebook 24/7, this seems like a great update. If you like getting recommendations from your favorite social media resources, it’s even better.

The problem is that in recent years their younger audiences have dropped off in favor of other sites. Regardless of what they think, not everyone is flocking to Facebook for their every need.

My guess is that this service will benefit those already using Facebook, but is less likely to draw new audiences in.

Adding more services may not be the key to success if Facebook can’t refine their other features. They have already been criticized for their ad reporting practices, though they seem to fix everything with a new algorithm.

Facebook has continued to stray away from their original intent, and food delivery won’t be their last update.

Facebook wants to be everything, but not everyone may want the same.

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Hate Facebook’s mid-roll ads? So does everyone else

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Those pesky ads that pop up in the middle of that Facebook video, aka mid-roll, seem to be grinding everyone’s gears.

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In an ongoing effort to monetize content, Facebook recently introduced “mid-roll” ads into videos by certain publishers, and it has now been testing that format for six months. If you aren’t a big fan of those ads interrupting your content consumption experience, you aren’t alone; publishers aren’t crazy about them either.

In a report on the program, five publishers working with Facebook’s new mid-roll ad program were sourced and all five publishers found that the program wasn’t generating the expected revenue.

One program partner made as little as $500 dollars with mid-roll ads while generating tens of millions of views on their content.

Two other partners wouldn’t specify exact revenue number, but they did acknowledge that the ad performance is below expectations. As far as cost goes, certain publishers mentioned CPMs between 15 cents and 75 cents.

That range is large because a lot of the data isn’t clear enough to evaluate their return on investment. According to the Digiday report, publishers receive data on total revenue, along with raw data on things like the number of videos that served an ad to viewers.

The lack of certain data points, along with the confusing structure of the data, makes it difficult to assess the number of monetized views and the revenue by video. For context, YouTube, as arguably the biggest player in video monetization, provides all these metrics.

Another issue is that licensing deals are cutting into margins. Facebook pays publishers, via a licensing fee, to produce and publish a certain number of videos each month. In exchange, Facebook keeps all money until it recoups the fee, after which revenue is split 55/45 between the publisher and Facebook.

While these challenges doesn’t change the fact that revenue is low, it does make it difficult to dissect costs in a meaningful way.

Why is revenue so low to begin with?

For starters, a newsfeed with enough content to feed an infinite scroll probably isn’t the best format for these kinds of ads. As a user, when I’m watching the videos and the ad interrupts the experience, I’ve always scrolled right on through to the next item on my feed. It’s a sentiment echoed by one of the publishers in the Digiday story.

Because of that, Facebook’s new Watch program, which creates a content exclusivity not found on the news feed, might produce better results in the future. Either way, Facebook will need to solve this revenue challenge for publishers, or they might pull out of the programs altogether.

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