Five good Instagram replacements

Five good Instagram replacements

Summary: If Facebook playing games with Instagram's terms of services has left you with a bad taste in your mouth, here are some Instagram alternatives for you.

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Facebook can say what they want, this is how many Instagram users see its new rules. Image courtesy of Bill Ries-Knight.

Some people believe that Facebook's Instagram recently changed terms of service policy change is nothing-less than an attempt to steal the rights to their photos.. Facebook claims they're just clarifying their rights and that "It is not our intention to sell your photos." Oh yeah, I believe that.

I think anything you put up on the Internet, especially a social network, can be swiped and that Facebook, in particular, has always played fast and loose with its users' rights and privacy. After all to Facebook, you're the product. They have to turn the information you trust them with into money some how and if they can do that by licensing your photos to third parties so be it.

Seriously, Facebook buying Instagram was one of the all-time bad tech company acquisitions. Think about it. Facebook paid a cool billion for Instagram for some filters and a small social network. If you do the math Facebook paid about $28 for each of Instagram's 35 million users. I don't care what Facebook says about its intentions, one way or the other Facebook must end up monetizing your images to make back its billion bucks.

So, if you'd rather not see your images bought and sold by Facebook, or legally speaking Facebook licensing your images to others without your permission, I suggest it's time to abandon Instagram and look for a replacement.

If all you want to do is just add cute filters to your photos, and then manually upload them to Twitter, Google+, or e-mail them to aunt Flo, there's an numerous programs, such as Adobe Photoshop Elements that will meet your needs. If you want easy to use, quick filters, and built-in social network integration, here are the programs my photo-loving friends recommend.


I know what you're thinking, "Flickr? Seriously, I thought it was dying." True a few months ago this once popular Web editing and sharing site was in trouble. With former Google executive Marissa Mayer in charge of Flickr's parent company Yahoo, Flickr's on the way back.

In particular, the new Flickr iPhone app is looking really sweet. Yahoo promises that they'll be a version for Android coming out soon. I'm looking forward to trying it out. Like the sounds of that, but don't want to move all your images?, A new service, freethephotos, has just been released to automate migrating your images from Instagram to Flickr.


Google acquired Nik Software, Snapseed's parent company, in September 2012. Not long after the ink was dry on the contract, Google released free versions of Snapseed for both Android and iOS.

It offers more photo-editing functionality than Instagram. Snapseed is closely tied to Google+, unlike Instagram, which recently cut ties with Twitter, you can easily share your shots on other social networks.


I'm an awful photographer, but Camera+'s tools go a long way to making me into... well OK a mediocre photographer, but still better than I had been. People who are far more serious about their photography will also appreciate its numerous higher-end features.

One unique feature is that it lets you take take front-facing photos in low-light on an iPhone. How does it pull this trick off? By using your iPhone/iPad display as one giant flash. Now, if only Camera+ was available on Android devices I'd love it.


Backspaces is another iPhone only app but since it's open-source, it may not stay that way. The nice thing about Backspaces is that, besides all the usual funky filters, it makes it easy to upload multiple photos into stories. If the idea of telling stories through images appeals to you, you should check this program out.


This is another open-source iPhone only application. If you really liked the Instagram look and feel, Anypic gives you the closest approximation to it of any app I've used.

Based on the Parse mobile app platform, I have high hopes that Anypic will only improve in the future. Indeed Parse goes way beyond the call of open-source duty in providing complete instructions on how to tweak, or even fork, Anypic into being exactly the photo app you want it to be. If you're both a photographer and a programmer, you have to look into Anypic.

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  • Copyright

    Would it not be possible to copyright your photos before uploading them? Would that work?

    I don't use it anyway but to use other people's work, and take money for it, seems very dodgy to me.
  • I don't get it

    Your Post is jumble of ramblings on service were I cannot see the relationship to instagram.

    My solution is none of the above. First I us a PC, Mac is OK if your that type. Second Pick you editing software. Third, pick you web host, some are around $3.96 to $10.00 a month. Fourth, get a domain name from (avoid Go daddy). Finally pick you poison I use Word Press, most host have a self install option.
    The result my own website to store pictures. For example my furry / con geek site

    Notice my site no ads , no conniving business coming up with new schemes to get me to volunteer my personal information to sell to advertiser or to use.

    Finally I stay away from social networking, I have no use for them in my life. If you think for one micro second I need to sign up for one then pox on you , pox on both your houses.
    • RE: my own website

      Same here. Not that hard to set up a site anymore. Self install has come a long way!

      I post a few thousand photos on my own site each year using Jalbum (easy to use photo upload program for individuals).
      Lost Target
  • Ranting again I see

    According to Oregon Live:
    "The updated terms of service say users agree that their photos could be used "in connection with paid or sponsored content." The current terms say the service can place ads "on, about or in conjunction with your Content."

    The fast-growing site is a popular way to share photos from cellphones. Facebook Inc. bought Instagram in September. The cash-and-stock deal was worth $1 billion when it was announced in April, though that fell to about $740 million by the time it was completed because of Facebook's falling stock price.

    The updated terms suggests that Facebook wants to integrate Instagram into its ad-serving system, which can, for instance, promote an item by telling users that their friends "Like" it. The new terms make it clearer that Instagram could use your photos to market to your friends."

    That hardly sounds like potty training adverts. Since you really don't know what it means, so maybe you should be quiet until you do know what it means.
  • Instagram is sooo last year..

    I love Snapseed, Pro HDR, morebeaute2 & Fotoir PSP HD + iPhoto ; )
    Wanda Jackson
    • Try Digiback

      Try Digiback. It combines the features of all the above apps. And takes full-resolution filtered photos, which Instagram does NOT do.