Yesterday Instagram made it official that they were going to be running ads in your feed starting later this month. In the announcement that they posted, they said they would make it seamless, and that it wouldn’t be disruptive to the user experience that Instagram fans have come to love. I hate to say it but this was inevitable.
Instagram is a profit center in a company that is going to make money. Like it or not, Instagram is part of Facebook, and Facebook is a for profit business. That doesn’t mean that you have to stick with Instagram though. There are other photo sharing solutions, some every bit s good if not better.
I have decided to slowly leave Instagram. Well not slowly leave, just quit posting to it as often. It’s sort of like my Facebook usage. The only thing that ever really gets posted there by me are posts from this blog via Twitter. As for Instagram I am moving to Tadaa. It’s free, it offers the same level of social networking, it has all the same kind of filters in it, It has an extended range of features that Instagram doesn’t have, and the user interface is solid. I’m sure Tadaa has its own issues. I know there is a chance they might be bought or start inserting ads in the photo feed. For now though, they aren’t part of Facebook, and they offer the same experience as Instagram and more.
In case you are wondering what it has that Instagram doesn’t here is a list starting with the most important thing of all.
- You Keep The Copyrights To Your Photos
- 26 HD Filters (Retro, Black & White, Sepia & many more)
- HD Tilt-Shift (selective blur with real Bokeh)
- HD Clarity
- Selective Frames and Borders
- Brightness, Contrast & Saturation
- Rapid Capture (take series of photos with no delay)
- Light Table (Review, manage and edit your tadaa photos in your own photo lab)
- Apply multiple Filters
- Full EXIF Support: Saves & Reads Date/Time, Aperture/Exposure and Geolocation InformationSave locally without having to post
- High-res photo Blog on tadaa.net
- Quiet Hours for push notifications
- Clear your image cache