There was a bit of a ruckus in December when Instagram changed its Terms of Service and then changed them back. At the same time, Yahoo released an all-new Flickr app for iPhone that was clearly an Instagram competitor, but word on the street quickly grew and word was good: Flickr was a good competitor. I wasn’t attached to Instagram and decided to give it a shot over the holidays to see if I would prefer it, and I’m glad I did.
Flickr has been around since 2004 in many different iterations, with this app being their most recent stab at remaining relevant. Flickr is more professional than Instagram — I’d argue in a whole other league (not unlike 500px, reviewed here), but its embracing of filters makes it real competition for that other app. Flickr isn’t perfect (we’ll get into that), but as an app, I like it more than I like Instagram. (more…)
Monday held some big news, as it was announced that Instagram is going to be acquired by Facebook for $1 billion. There were many mixed feelings on this move by the photo sharing service. Some felt that it was unfair to see their precious network disappear into another one, but others — namely users of Facebook — felt that such a purchase would enhance their photo sharing experience. The latter is probably correct, but there’s more to it than that.
Facebook’s main goal of this purchase is to gain users. Just think about it: Facebook is a service that relies on the number of users who frequently visit. When that number begins to diminish, they search for a way to get new users. This acquisition — that’s right, $1 billion for users — is the answer to that problem. Keep reading for a look at what could happen to Instagram. (more…)
If you have an iPhone, chances are you use or have heard of Instagram. The service is great; the user interface, on the other hand, not so much. Browsing has always been a pain in the app as features are buried under layers and layers of content.
That is where Gramory comes into the picture. Gramory offers an intuitive solution to Instagram’s user interface problems by providing a clean and simple browsing experience. But what makes it an app that you’ll really need?
There are lots of different social networks out there for the iPhone, and although some of them work (and some don’t), one has broken through and become a popular app among iPhone users everywhere: Instagram.
It’s been over a year since we last looked at the app, and since then it’s been through a lot of changes. But what makes this social network for the iPhone work where others have failed? Let’s look at the success of Instagram after the break.