Why I Never Liked Instagram

Why I Never Liked InstagramInstagram users are a little ticked off after learning they're changing their terms and conditions so they can now use and sell your photos without your permission or paying you. Eek.

I take lots of pictures. As a natural born archivist, I always feel like capturing the moment with a shot. I never take video, it's always a digital picture, and I upload almost all my pictures to my Flickr account as I have since my first upload in December 2004.

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When Instagram came on the scene, I hated how people were intentionally and artificially processing their pictures to make them look old or Polaroided. In my opinion, the aged look of a photograph only has value when it's earned. In other words, a picture looking old is wonderful when it's an old picture, and the Polaroid-zation of a pic makes perfect sense when it was taken with a Polaroid camera, but forcing these effects is phony and ruins an otherwise nice picture. I never created an Instagram account.

When I started on Flickr, it was a small Canadian company with the best interface I'd ever seen. Now it's part of the Yahoo! family, but it remains the only online service I pay for each year. And I still use it each and every week.

Instagram isn't the only big web thing I've had no interest in. I never had a MySpace account, I've never been tempted by Tumblr or Pinterest, but I've fully embraced Twitter, deem Facebook a necessary evil and tried my best to make Google+ work.

Do you use Instagram? Will you continue to use it after this change to the terms and conditions?

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Never used it, for the reasons you state. Why would I want to take a picture of intentionally degraded quality, for the sole benefit of a 3rd party to harvest my personal data/make money off my photos-- only to have all my pictures vanish the minute they change their model, go out of business, forget to do their backups, or pull a dick move.

December 18, 2012 @ 11:48 AM


Never. I take a lot of photos as well, but I've always used my (now neglected) blog to share with others. Everything else is uploaded to the cloud but only visible to me. It's got its place in the ecosphere of photo-apps, but it just doesn't suit my needs (or lack thereof). By the way, I just ate a sandwich with extra cheese. :)

December 18, 2012 @ 11:54 AM


Flickr just had their new app made as Marissa Meyer's first big product overhaul as Yahoo's new CEO. Reviews are saying it's already better than Instagram.

December 18, 2012 @ 12:14 PM

Gary M

I use it occasionally, mostly because I find it to be the most efficient way of sharing pictures with other people. In my experience if I post a picture on Instagram it will get a bigger response than if I tweet it out or post it on Facebook. I'm not really a fan of the filters myself so I don't really use it unless I think the picture is too dark or bright.

December 18, 2012 @ 12:34 PM

Ryan G

I've never used it.

I often find that there is lots of hype around apps (and tech products in general) only to find that I grow tired of them within minutes, including photo and drum machine apps, along with several games i've downloaded.

It's true that the smartphone has revolutionized the world, but certain peripheral applications just aren't that useful.

On the other hand, one site I've become somewhat addicted to is reddit.com. It often breaks news well ahead of conventional online news sites, and there's a wide range of categories and subreddits to appeal to every possible interest,including fetishes.

One interesting category is "IAMA", where famous (and not so famous) folks open it up for anyone to ask any question they like. Often it's a celeb promoting a new film, but once in a while they're pretty interesting.

Of course, there's the whole subculture of "redditors" who compete to earn "karma" and "upvotes" etc, which ain't for me, but whatever rocks your socks.

On a related note, for those of you who enjoy both modern and classic alternative, I JUST discovered the Alan Cross programmed SQUISH, which is a Virgin radio online music stream. I highly recommend it.

December 18, 2012 @ 3:25 PM

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@Ryan G

I highly recommend the Reddit Enhancement Suite - a Chrome add-on I use for browsing Reddit.

Long time fan of that site...

December 18, 2012 @ 3:50 PM


Never used it and now will never use it.

December 18, 2012 @ 4:25 PM

Blind Dave

Big Reddit fan here too! I am not registered nor do I participate in any of the culture, but I am a reader on a daily basis.

And yes, they do break news very quickly. I read about the temple shooting in the USA earlier this year about five minutes after it actually happened.

My only annoyance is that the posts aren't in chronological order. If there's a tweak for that it would help tremendously with knowing where I left off the previous day.

December 18, 2012 @ 5:12 PM

Rick C in Oakville

I am so far behind, i just opened a Face Book account. Guess I won't be signing up for Insta Gram. Will stick with Photo Bucket for now LOL

December 18, 2012 @ 9:04 PM


@Rick C LOL! I use Photobucket. I really like it. I let Instagram pass me by.

December 18, 2012 @ 9:43 PM


I despise Instagram with every fibre of my being. The money they got when they sold the company made my head explode.

Like you Flickr is the only online service I pay for every year. I've never had a Facebook account but embarrassed to admit I'm addicted to Twitter.

Proof of my addiction is this photo I potsed on Flickr of a box of Kraft Dinner I won on Twitter.


December 18, 2012 @ 10:23 PM


Everyone is being a hypocrite about this.

No problem swopping hard drives with a mate and getting 200 albums you'll never pay for, but if someone makes money off a picture you took, knickers are in a knot.

December 19, 2012 @ 8:57 AM

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Not everyone swaps hard drives to get 200 free albums.

I understand Instagram is now changing the language and reassuring all uses they won't sell their photos.

December 19, 2012 @ 8:59 AM

James Edgar

I used it when i first saw it. Playing with the filters was fun for a bit. I used to try and get many of the same effects with filters and odd processing on slide film. And it was the only time i've ever actually found much value in my iphones camera.But it was not that interesting to be honest. When I want a photo to keep I use my DSLR anyway.

I deleted my account the other day. Their backtracking on the terms not withstanding I'm not interested in in being a part of it.

And no I don't download music or movies either.

BTW this is the first time I have been able to get to the site from work in almost 2 years. somebody is slipping LOL.

December 19, 2012 @ 10:13 AM

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@James Edgar

Why would anyone want to block this site?

No porn.
No gambling.
No gaming.

Free Toronto Mike!

December 19, 2012 @ 10:29 AM


Mike, A side note here but I've mentioned to you that I don't have nor NEVER want to have a Facebook account. I don't understand it. Personally I think it's just people showing off and people being nosy.

I do understand companies & media people using it but that's not for "personal" use.
Why do you deem it a "necessary evil"?


December 19, 2012 @ 11:20 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I resisted too (although caved in 5 years ago) but came to realize Facebook is a necessary evil.

For better or worse, I would never have seen my nephew's pictures with Santa, learned about the birth of my cousin's kids or read about my former colleague's parents dying in a car crash last December.

All that info was shared with me via Facebook only. I can be there, to see the pictures and learn of these events, or I can remain oblivious.

I chose to be there. I rarely post status updates or pictures there, but I have a list of friends and family I check in on every day.

December 19, 2012 @ 11:32 AM

Pete McPhedran

Like others here have said, I signed up for FB after my wedding in 2010 so that I could see pictures from our guests, etc.. Now I also use it soley to see pictures from family, I have a huge family.

I never signed up for Instagram, figured I would just use Flickr, which I still haven't. Same as my poor unused blog. You'd never know I own a hosting company!

Mike, you don't pay for GMail? I gather you just use the free version?


December 19, 2012 @ 12:31 PM

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@Pete McPhedran

I use the free version of Gmail but do pay $5 / year for additional Google storage now that I think about it.

December 19, 2012 @ 12:33 PM


Toronto Mike

''Not everyone swaps hard drives to get 200 free albums.''

Missing the point by a mile there Mike, as well you know.

People share music collections so much that the a substantial proportion of teenagers now, have never paid for any music.

But i'm sure plenty of the same people are indignant over the possibility of their photo being used by Instagram. The fact that they've now backed down also, misses the point.

December 19, 2012 @ 1:52 PM

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But when we swap hard drives to get 200 free albums, we didn't pay our friends for it. That's the key difference. Our friend isn't reselling someone else's work and profiting from it.

December 19, 2012 @ 3:19 PM


Really Mike? REALLY???

No, when you copy 200 albums you wholesale violate the copyright of people whose profession relies on them profiting from their art and creativity.

When 'your' picture you took on free software gets used by the developer then it's a big fucking deal.

Only one of these 2 things is theft, and its not the one most people are upset about.

December 19, 2012 @ 11:53 PM

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