Instagram, Schminstagram or why I still love Flickr.

Flickr home screen Instagram Profile page

Flickr home screen Instagram Profile page

First I want to clear something up here about why I am not going to use Instagram as much anymore as before and go with the brand new Flickr app instead for my mobile photo needs.

When Instagram came out back in the day, after Hipstamatic was rocking the iOS photo scene, I didn’t get the appeal. the community was obviously not really big yet, if present at all. To take a photo you need to be online and upload it directly. The Photo quality was even worse than it is now. And I felt kind of a loyalty thingy going on with Hipstamatic, but certainly didn’t see it as the social network it later became.

At some point not very long ago, a bit over two years ago, I got on the Instagram train. Finally. The main reason? Well… the ease of sharing photos from my phone. I shot most of my photos with Camera+ or Hipstamatic or even AutoStitch, put it in Instagram to share it to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr. There was not one app I used or knew off that offered the same ease of use and gave me the possibility to interact with even more people and experience other peoples photos. Its easy to like others photos and all that. The downsides I mentioned before and I still stand by it. Photo quality is crap, the just doing square images is sooo 2007. For Hipstamatic I don’t even care about it, it is a very specialized thing, but Instagram has outgrown that in my opinion and still sticks to. Of course there is a whole architecture underlying Instagram that prevents them switching from square to mixed photos, but it doesn’t have to be from one day to the other. Ah well. Why am I writing all this? Well Flickr is being called dead and dying for the past few years, and every time some new photo related service comes out, Flickr is dead one more time. Let it be, 500px, Google+ or whatever else… even Instagram and Facebook are always mentioned in the same sentence.

I am a Flickr member since 2006. Flickr is one of the biggest reason I have become a professional photographer. And yes Flickr has had rough times and yes they have missed quite a few trends, but one thing no one other has got right so far is the mix of community and functionality. 500px looks nice, has great content, but the community features are basically non-existent, no groups, just comments etc… same goes for example Google+. Flickr for me still has everything. Yeah the community has changed over the years, but that is a normal thing I guess and it happens everywhere. At least normally. I am pretty sure though, that is going to change towards the good again. It has gotten better already I think and with new Flickr CEO Marissa Mayer the tide seem to be turning as they say. People obviously have given up on her already, but this is the way of the net these days. I am very optimistic and what goes for anyone else goes for Flickr too, change takes time. Flickr has been pumping out updates and new features for some time now. and good ones for sure. On top of that people always complain about the quality of photos on Flickr. Well… not really Flickrs fault and when a service/community gets so big a normal thing. Look at Youtube for example.

The Instagram TOS fiasco shows though that people are quick to go back to Flickr for their photo needs. Obviously the timing was pretty good for Flickr with their new app. By chance, sure, but good. And the new iOS app is just fantastic. It really gives me everything I need and want. Well I think the one thing I am missing is the Foursquare photo upload that Instagram has, but maybe that will come at some point. The new Flickr app is very nice to use and feels so much more modern in its design and usability. Even compared to Instagram. Kinda like the latest Google+ iOS app update. Just nice! I think the future for Flickr is bright. And I love having all my photos directly on Flickr and not in 1000 places.

The Instagram TOS thing and them selling peoples photos… or selling their use or whatever… well… I don’t really care, but I also don’t need to support them too much. I will not delete my Instagram account, or stop using it completely, but it won’t be my primary mobile photo service anymore. Instagram had no revenue model so far, did they? well here you go.

The only thing left for me to decide right now is… do I use my main Flickr account and reorganize my Sets a little, or will I use my secondary Flickr account that I got exactly for my mobile photos. Kinda torn on that one… we’ll see.

My two cents.
Cheers,
Teymur.

First I want to clear something up here about why I am not going to use Instagram as much anymore as before and go with the brand new Flickr app instead for my mobile photo needs.

When Instagram came out back in the day, after Hipstamatic was rocking the iOS photo scene, I didn’t get the appeal. the community was obviously not really big yet, if present at all. To take a photo you need to be online and upload it directly. The Photo quality was even worse than it is now. And I felt kind of a loyalty thingy going on with Hipstamatic, but certainly didn’t see it as the social network it later became.

At some point not very long ago, a bit over two years ago, I got on the Instagram train. Finally. The main reason? Well… the ease of sharing photos from my phone. I shot most of my photos with Camera+ or Hipstamatic or even AutoStitch, put it in Instagram to share it to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr. There was not one app I used or knew off that offered the same ease of use and gave me the possibility to interact with even more people and experience other peoples photos. Its easy to like others photos and all that. The downsides I mentioned before and I still stand by it. Photo quality is crap, the just doing square images is sooo 2007. For Hipstamatic I don’t even care about it, it is a very specialized thing, but Instagram has outgrown that in my opinion and still sticks to. Of course there is a whole architecture underlying Instagram that prevents them switching from square to mixed photos, but it doesn’t have to be from one day to the other. Ah well. Why am I writing all this? Well Flickr is being called dead and dying for the past few years, and every time some new photo related service comes out, Flickr is dead one more time. Let it be, 500px, Google+ or whatever else… even Instagram and Facebook are always mentioned in the same sentence.

I am a Flickr member since 2006. Flickr is one of the biggest reason I have become a professional photographer. And yes Flickr has had rough times and yes they have missed quite a few trends, but one thing no one other has got right so far is the mix of community and functionality. 500px looks nice, has great content, but the community features are basically non-existent, no groups, just comments etc… same goes for example Google+. Flickr for me still has everything. Yeah the community has changed over the years, but that is a normal thing I guess and it happens everywhere. At least normally. I am pretty sure though, that is going to change towards the good again. It has gotten better already I think and with new Flickr CEO Marissa Mayer the tide seem to be turning as they say. People obviously have given up on her already, but this is the way of the net these days. I am very optimistic and what goes for anyone else goes for Flickr too, change takes time. Flickr has been pumping out updates and new features for some time now. and good ones for sure. On top of that people always complain about the quality of photos on Flickr. Well… not really Flickrs fault and when a service/community gets so big a normal thing. Look at Youtube for example.

The Instagram TOS fiasco shows though that people are quick to go back to Flickr for their photo needs. Obviously the timing was pretty good for Flickr with their new app. By chance, sure, but good. And the new iOS app is just fantastic. It really gives me everything I need and want. Well I think the one thing I am missing is the Foursquare photo upload that Instagram has, but maybe that will come at some point. The new Flickr app is very nice to use and feels so much more modern in its design and usability. Even compared to Instagram. Kinda like the latest Google+ iOS app update. Just nice! I think the future for Flickr is bright. And I love having all my photos directly on Flickr and not in 1000 places.

The Instagram TOS thing and them selling peoples photos… or selling their use or whatever… well… I don’t really care, but I also don’t need to support them too much. I will not delete my Instagram account, or stop using it completely, but it won’t be my primary mobile photo service anymore. Instagram had no revenue model so far, did they? well here you go.

The only thing left for me to decide right now is… do I use my main Flickr account and reorganize my Sets a little, or will I use my secondary Flickr account that I got exactly for my mobile photos. Kinda torn on that one… we’ll see.

My two cents.
Cheers,
Teymur.

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