I really enjoy Instagram and the unique, immediate, and visual way it helps us communicate, but the whole advertising controversy kinda killed my buzz for it.

 

I want to get back to that kind of image sharing but it takes a certain constant mental/visual awareness to do it correctly, so I want to pick the right platform.

 

I love the audience that I’ve already built at Instagram, but are there other formats like Instagram that you guys love?

 

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  1. Alice Baldwin

    March 12, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I love pinterest.com. I find it really useful for collecting together images, especially as a resource for illustration to inform my own work. I also like making personal fashion or style collections.

    • andreea

      March 12, 2013 at 9:48 am

      i have never started instagramming in the first place. i do pinterest though :)

      http://littleaesthete.com

    • Rebekah

      March 12, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Yes! Yes! Pinterest. Love it! It has so helped me define my own style for myself and keeps me focused on things I love and not on what everyone else loves.

      • Oluwakemi

        March 12, 2013 at 1:29 pm

        Yes! I recently joined Pinterest and I love it. It is very much the same form of communication as Instagram but through a curatorial lens. It is an interesting way to get a sense of who people are,what they represent and what they have to say about the world and their world by a collection of photos. For me, it feels similar to my childhood experiences of viewing and exchanging stickers, marbles and garbage pale kid cards with my friends as a kid, lol!

  2. Charlotte

    March 12, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Keep your audience and your Instagram. At the end of the day they will follow you on the platform for what you do with it, not others :)

  3. Etrala London

    March 12, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I really love Instagram, its nice, funny and quick. In my opinion is the perfect mix between Twitter and Facebook, it gets the best from each.
    Regarding the polemic, I think we’re exposed as far as we use social media, we’re uploading our content to a public site, so it’s very difficult to avoid the use of it by third parties.
    We only need to be very careful with the content we publish, that’s it.

    Regards,
    Maria.
    Creative Director
    http://www.etrala.com
    @EtralaLondon

  4. Julia

    March 12, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Love Pinterest!

  5. Randel Plowman

    March 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I use Hipstamatic for Iphone. No Advertising
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hipstamatic/id342115564?mt=8

  6. M.N.

    March 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I am fully agree with you.
    Despite this, I continue to share my images on Instagram, but also prefer tadaa.
    They have more filters and it is an undeniable plus)

  7. Hilary

    March 12, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Don’t leave Instagram!!! I’m still very much there and loving it! The only other platform I’m familiar with (if you MUST leave) is Path. Very similar concept, except without the filters.

    There’s still another social platform for video that I’d recommend looking into. Not Vine… Cinemagram. Brings those still images to life. NOt sure how much I’ll use it, but it’s fun to experiment. Maybe it’s more for Garance?

  8. Martine

    March 12, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I can’t access it. Not on my computer or on my phone. Don’t know why but all I get is that message saying I can not connect to the page. So for me its a technical impossibility. Anyone else ever have that trouble? I mean its both the phone and the Imac.

  9. Denisa

    March 12, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I really like instamoments.. Because in one post we could se to many nice things. But I didnt wrote post like that.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

  10. carol

    March 12, 2013 at 8:49 am

    insta madness — but i love some pics a lot :)

    http://franchemeetsfashion.blogspot.cz/

  11. Shirley

    March 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

    flickr and backspaces for a bit more of a “story”

  12. Alexandra

    March 12, 2013 at 9:14 am

    What Instagram did is not cool. I’ve since switched to Eye Em. Very nice and easy to use. organises stuff by albums. You can tag locations/moods etc in pictures. Plus they’re a small company, and have moe respect for their hard earned users

    • Simon Brown

      March 13, 2013 at 4:02 am

      I’ve just started with this side of photography, post Instagrab, as none of the platforms worked with the Blackberry I used to have. Like Alexandra I chose EyeEm. I chose that platform for the same reasons she did, what Instagram tried to pull, and their behavior afterwards was really shoddy and quite rude.

    • Adrian

      March 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

      I love Eye Em too! As Alexandra says it´s a small company and they “care” of the users.

  13. Gian Luca M

    March 12, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Topic that interests me a lot. I regularly use Instagram for filters that can be applied to images. Then do I have an item, like the cell phone, which allows me to take pictures at any time. this is a great thing because when you’re out and you never know what you see and what you can get your attention.
    I also use a lot of Hipstamatic because I really like the Lomographic effect that makes the images.
    So for me, Hipstamatic and Instagram are two excellent tools that I use a lot for my job.
    you can see examples on my blog http://www.laterzapagina.net

    Gian Luca M

    http://laterzapagina.net/

  14. Jade Barnes

    March 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I think you should use the Vine app! What Instagram is for Facebook – Vine is for Twitter. I think you could do great things utilizing this app!

  15. Elena

    March 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I love Instagram! It’s so adicting and fun!
    http://dcinstyle.com/

  16. sarah

    March 12, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I used to enjoy Instagram (both following and posting), but that advertising/3rd party use policy really turned me off. Then they responded to the controversy, but did not end up changing the most controversial part of the policy – that 3rd parties could use your images for advertising without consent or attribution.

    So, I still follow others on Instagram, but I no longer post. Instead, I take pictures with Camera+ and share my images with Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. I should probably stop sharing with Facebook, as they have a similarly lame policy. Flickr’s probably the best in regards to intellectual property.

  17. kane

    March 12, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I love Instagram, though I didn’t really get into it until last December. For me, it’s just so simple that I feel no other reason to go looking elsewhere. However, I do understand why so many people have left, especially professional photographers that have a lot more to lose than someone like me. Also, there are so many different social media sites out there now that I never know what sites my friends are on, how popular it is or how long it’s going to take for hype to die down. For now, I’m sticking with Instagram!

  18. Niko

    March 12, 2013 at 9:31 am

    try tadaa – it has a very cool community around real photography. And it has amazing editing capabilities. https://www.tadaa.net/features

  19. Isabella N

    March 12, 2013 at 9:52 am

    My ‘intake’ of pictures exploded once I started using PINTEREST. So the only blogs I’ve ever read is this one, jak jil and dezeem.
    I think Pinterest is first and formost a brilliant tool for whatever purpose you have and the pictures are ridiculously easily accessible. I like the fact that pinterest, when you go on, encourages you to keep the site interesting and give thought to your captions to your pictures. Nice touch.

  20. Anne

    March 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I’ve heard that Starmatic is great http://starmatic.com/?lang=en but I haven’t made the decision of leaving Instagram (yet).
    http://www.iphoneography.com/journal/2012/12/13/starmatic-an-alternative-to-instagram.html

  21. Charlotte

    March 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Great Instagram pics!

  22. GreenGirl

    March 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Blipfoto.com

  23. Brianne

    March 12, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I’m still Instagramming strong. :) Out of all the social media platforms, Instagram (to me) has stood out among the rest. It’s photos without drama of Facebook or Twitter.

  24. Echidna

    March 12, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Don’t quit instragram scott. I know it bug famous people with their term and condition back then. But that’s over now. You should rejoin it. I would love to see your photo.

  25. Wei

    March 12, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I’ve just left Instagram, it feels very much like Facebook these days. There’s backspaces which you could share your story or eyeem. :) your blog is actually the best place

  26. David W. Sumner

    March 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Your audience is secure and will follow you certainly. Branch out a bit and try apps like Eye-Em which can take you beyond the square format if the image demands it. Interesting frames and filters as well.

  27. J

    March 12, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Flickr. The new app makes it very much like Instagram. I do think Instagram has a wider audience though.

    • ANISE

      March 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      flickr all the way.

  28. Angelo

    March 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Tumblr is awesome I think.

    • el

      March 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      agreed – the best part is that it’s so much more navigation friendly across platforms (I’ve hated instagram ever since it started because it’s impossible to browse through a user’s photos on the computer without some kind of 3rd party site) and it’s really great in terms of sharing images.

  29. emmypoko

    March 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Foe me, Pinterest is good for sharing your great photo but please don’t leave Instagram!! By the way, your site is the best one. ^^

  30. Annie K.

    March 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

    As a musician and a photographer, it seems to me that Instagram is just another instance of the looting of intellectual property that’s going on at the moment. When I can walk into the supermarket, fill my trolley and walk out of the store without paying, then I’ll be happy for people to use my songs and images for free. Until then I have to figure out how I can keep doing what I love and trying to pay my mortgage in a climate that encourages people to take my work for free.

  31. Bruno

    March 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

    EyeEm is a new platform/app that claims no ownership at all fo rthe ontent you post. Very popular woth photographers, steadily growing platform. Great look & feel in the app, give it a try
    http://www.eyeem.com

  32. Imani

    March 12, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Flickr is it for me. The mobile app is getting better and better.

  33. Tanya D.

    March 12, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I’m a Windows Phone user so I have Fhotoroom and love it!!

  34. anne

    March 12, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Awesome pictures!
    I’m sure you would enjoy tadaa. More quality, more editing options. I’m a professional photographer and loving tadaa for its options, its community and that tadaa respects my rights and don’t sell my pictures.
    http://tadaa.net

  35. Gen Sadakane

    March 12, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Im one of the Founders of EyeEm and we started from Berlin with a small blog. We organized the first worldwide mobile photography exhibition, the second EyeEm exhibition was in New York. We published a Book with the winners and the aim was always to create a community for the mobile photographers. So its in our DNA to protect and respect the rights of the artists. Thank you!

  36. Aaron Wiliam

    March 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Tumblr !
    Do not worrie about your audience, we will all follow you!

  37. Elizabeth

    March 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    The controversy upset me too – I will continue to pay close attention to their actions. However, for now, Instagram is still the best place for photo sharing for me. My community is there and more important than sharing my photography – I use Instagram to share snapshots of my life specifically with far-away friends and see theirs.

    One thing I would highly recommend are VSCO Cam and AfterLight.They are photo editing apps that have their own filters, as well as options like brighten contrast, exposure, highlights etc. Instagram filters are often a bit too extreme for me! I love pushing myself to take great photos using my phone – and these give me much more control and help my photos look closer to what I was trying to capture.

  38. Alicia

    March 12, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I love your Instagram but would also recommend Tumblr. It seems to be a bit more artsy and is extremely addicting.

  39. Ana

    March 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    pinterest

  40. Nini Piccola

    March 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I love instagram! I’ve been a member since the early days. It allows you to travel the world and meet all sorts of interesting people. A visual twitter!

  41. Aine

    March 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Definitely tumblr

  42. Susan C

    March 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    You definitely need to checkout Tadaa! It has many, many more features than Instagram, higher resolution, a strong community, NO SPAM/ADVERTISING, and so much more!

    Please check it out!

  43. Sabine

    March 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I was so pissed off by Instagram trying to grab our photos that I moved to EyeEm – which I like… Although, like you, the whole debate made me reflect and realize that I’d proabably rather spent more time contemplating and to focus on quality than quantity photography.

  44. Jennifer

    March 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I am a bit obsessed with instagram lol

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  45. Jacquelyn west

    March 12, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Vine app. Sme as Instagram scrolling display, but with a six second video clip. It’s worth checking out

  46. Leoraul

    March 12, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Flickr.

  47. Jessica

    March 12, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    There are other platforms I like, but none that I use so frequently or as primarily a communication tool.

    Now if you’re thinking about moving away from photos and into something a bit more video-like, I am deeply obsessed with Vine.

  48. Cory Ann Ellis

    March 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I use instagram as well. I’m quick to block the advertisers and spammers. If you already have followers I think it’s probably best to maintain the network you created instead of jumping ship before the platform has run it’s course. And they did recently launch the web profiles and did succumb to pressure to adjust their terms of service. So it is improving.

    I have found with a new app called PicTapGo http://pictapgo.com/ I can post full-frame images and I love their filters and ability to stack and reverse a step on the filters. I have tried other apps and plain old instagram itself and found the square and the filters restricting. PicTapGo will link in and open your image for posting in intagram as well as other social media platform. It is the app I had been waiting for.
    Cory Ann

  49. tonya

    March 12, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    i’m with the person who suggested vine. you could use your 6 seconds to do multiple views. it could be fun.

  50. MB@YarnUiPhoneApp

    March 12, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Funny…I was just about to start experimenting with instagram to promote my various yarn- and knitting-related works, but I’ve been hooked on Pinterest for a while. It really suits my visual side. It never feels like work (although it generally is) to post, ‘like’ photos there. It’s just like Vogue Magazine bigger than the fall issue, the ultimate cookbook with more burners on fire than Julia Child…all rolled in one site! Don’tcha think??

  51. Tom

    March 12, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Tumblr is perfect!!

  52. Mariah

    March 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I like the idea of instagram, but I prefer pinterest. You can still upload photos like instagram, but you don’t have all the fancy filters. I never joined instagram.

  53. bigk

    March 12, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Tumblr!

  54. john b pritchett

    March 12, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I’ve gone from using medium format digital and expensive DSLR’s to an old Olympus 35mm film camera for personal work. Brings me back too the many years I used medium and large format film cameras. It’s not Instagram but I LOVE FILM!

  55. Emily

    March 12, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Vine
    love the feed, love what people are doing with it, love the challenge of trying to get good at it

  56. free mp3 download

    March 12, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Cool.. Nice instagraming.. :)

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  57. Music today

    March 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Nice post… Amazing picts

  58. fesyennnn

    March 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Flick has a new face and app, the original, the one and only. check it out!

  59. jslc

    March 12, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Tumblr??

  60. TS

    March 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Pinterest!

  61. Hilary

    March 12, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Stick with Instagram, especially if you care about growing your audience. The advertising controversy was addressed and IG has revised their terms of service and made it clear that they never intended to use people’s photos w/o their permission. If you are worried about your photos being pirated, then you should keep in mind that all the photos that you’ve posted on your website can also be downloaded without your permission just as easily as they can be accessed by the public on IG. Those are just the times we live in.

  62. VE

    March 12, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Flickr or pinterest anyone?

  63. Doctor Popular

    March 12, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I’m sad to hear people still talking about the Instagram TOS changes as if they could sell your photos. Their proposed TOS, which really wasn’t that different from their original, just allows them to do no more than display your publicly viewable images within the app. They couldn’t sell your images as stock art, or post them in an Apple ad, they could just display your photo within the app along with your name. Just like Twitter does with their suggested followers list, etc. As a matter of fact, IG’s new terms of service are practically identical to Tumblr, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc. The “Right to display images” sounds dramatic, but it’s really not.

    There are plenty of other reasons to stop using IG, (the images are small, there’s no archiving or proper form of tagging, you can’t post from the web, it’s extremely closed off), but worrying about their TOS is not one of them. Unless you also want to leave the other services listed above.

  64. KiDG

    March 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I’ve tried other platforms before, but so far Instagram has been the easiest & most stable of them all. Yes, the spams & fake followers bits are irritating, but I think one way of not getting those is don’t use hashtags in your photos. That will, of course, limit your audience, or people finding your photos. But in your case, I reckon it doesn’t matter :-)

  65. Sofia B.

    March 13, 2013 at 12:40 am

    I think Tumblr. is a pretty honest place.

  66. J

    March 13, 2013 at 1:19 am

    I quite like VSCO. It doesn’t involve any sort of platform to share your photos like Instagram does, but it produces some really nice images that you can alternatively just share on facebook if need be.

    http://vsco.co/

  67. Raquel Wilson-Sow

    March 13, 2013 at 1:23 am

    I’ve also dropped Instagram after the PR fiasco. But it was a good move. I went back to Flickr, who has a great iPhone app. I actually love the available options even more than Instagram and haven’t missed it at all.

  68. Omer

    March 13, 2013 at 5:17 am

    Eye Em is a really good, Instagram-esque app. I don’t have many followers or know many users on it, but from what I have seen, it’s more for the serious photog crowd than Instagram

  69. keith

    March 13, 2013 at 5:50 am

    I like the fact instagram is available in china …. unlike most of the other platforms … 1 billion fans ….. with England talking of filtering the internet and US 0f A talking the same… stick to what is known …. or get a weibo account … english weibo is already released… by the way i am not chinese …. just work in social media.

  70. SiriSpa

    March 13, 2013 at 6:05 am

    I still love Instagram.

  71. Geofoodie

    March 13, 2013 at 6:52 am

    The iPhone ap for Flickr is a lot like Instagram. Also has filters. You have to use tags to get noticed I find and following involved adding people to your address book. But, no adverts!

  72. Mary

    March 13, 2013 at 7:18 am

    I love Pinterest and Flickr, but I don’t think either of them could replace Instagram. They are all awesome in their own way, and have different things that make them so fun.

    Mary

    http://marymarysgarden.wordpress.com

  73. Lydia

    March 13, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Pinterest is really good for sharing photos…although I still like Instagram and follow many bloggers on it!

    ravenmaidenmaven.blogspot.com

  74. aurel

    March 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Back in 2006 we used fotolog a lot- you could only upload a photo a day so it has to totally reflects the mood of the moment. it was a great platform before facebook and all arrived. minus the filters.
    x

  75. Marie-Anne

    March 13, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Check out this new free iPhone app called Vine. It can be a new effective, short and quick way for you to document different parts of your experiences in a new way… A friend of mine just introduced me to it and I can’t get enough! Basically it’s like instagram but for 6 second videos and it’s great!

  76. CC

    March 13, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I agree with Charlotte. Instagram is wonderful. Use it for what you love and do not be deterred by the commercialism that is now attached to it.

  77. Terence (Life Without A Net)

    March 13, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Scott – I recently started using Pinterest. Its strengths lie in your ability to easily organize Pins into customized Boards (I refuse to use the word “curate”, which is now overused to the point of banality :->).

    Pinterest also supports user-defined captions, comments, repins (like retweets), and — most important — larger resolution photos.

    Pins can be embedded or sent to Twitter for promotion purposes – but Pinterest & Twitter need to work together to improve cross-integration, which is less than seamless.

    However, while Pinterest’s mobile phone app is pretty good, it still lacks the immediacy of Instagram. I’m not sure why – it may be just force of habit by users.

    So for this reason, Instagram continues to be used for users’ personal pictures, while Pinterest seems to be used to collect and organize photos and videos from around the Web (as well as from users’ scans).

    http://pinterest.com/LifeWithoutANet/

    https://twitter.com/Without_a_Net

  78. chowmut

    March 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Camera+ for iOS and/or pinterest

  79. Squid

    March 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Blipfoto is great; good community of photographers. blipfoto.com

  80. JJ

    March 14, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Try Snapshot!

  81. oldladybird

    March 14, 2013 at 10:39 am

    The new Flickr app is great and more people need to revisit them. I’m still instagramming because all my friends are still there. Tried Path and I did love the filters but from what I remember it’s more personal so perhaps not suited to gathering a large following. They did have some nice photo filters.

  82. A

    March 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Flickr, or stick with Instagram.

    Stay away from Pinterest. It’s not a photo sharing site, it’s a copyright infringement no-man’s-land. People will share your images without attribution, since the original link is lost when the image is shared.

  83. Name*

    March 14, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    tumblr addict here

  84. charlie

    March 15, 2013 at 10:49 am

    check out Pheed.

    still very raw, but you can post images and videos of unlimited length. really opens up the possibilities of creative sharing.

  85. Selena

    March 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    500PX

  86. Mariano

    March 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Luckily FLICKR managed to stay in the loop, & now that instagram is showing us their real colors, FLICKR finally released a decent mobile app…

    To me, FLICKR is one of the best platforms for serious and amateur photographers, who want to share their work, and now for those with the need to share everything on the move, try it!

    M.

  87. lookslikewhite

    March 17, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Vine! Loving this app..little stories in 7 seconds.

  88. Jan Sarah

    March 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I highly recommend the movie “Connected: an autobiography about love death & technology”. There is some amazing information about how the surge of images is altering the way we think and balancing out our very left brain society -
    you will love it!
    http://connectedthefilm.com/

  89. Tori

    March 20, 2013 at 11:32 am

    If you set your IG account to private, you are insulated from the unauthorized usage of your images. It’s a pain, but it works until the next best sharing platform emerges. So far it seems there are too many out there to tell which will be best.

  90. robin

    March 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I still love instagram but Vine has really caught my attention. Just think about what you can capture with a little bit of movement! Especially with fashion! Try it Scott cant wait to see your vines!

  91. Fred

    March 26, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I still use instagram for work, but I use path for anything of note and anything private, its sort of like my scrap book that i want to share with select people, i love it, same features as instagram but you can load small videos too, you can also chose who is in your audience (or on your path!), so you are a bit more in control.

  92. David

    April 1, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    As stated before, check out Vine

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