Instagram 365 Project

So Facebook Wants to be Instagram. Good Luck With That.

It comes as no surprise to me that Facebook has decided to create a photo application that uses photo filters like Instagram does. Instagram refused to sell to Facebook, so they decided to build their own. I’m sure with Facebook’s ginormous user base they will have no problem getting people to use the application, but they miss the point of what Instagram is.

It’s not about the photo filters that Instagram provides. Frankly I think most of the photo filters in Instagram kind of suck. Seriously out all that the application provides, I only use 3 of them on average, because the images that the others produce are just bad.  What makes Instagram such a solid Social Networking application is the user base, the support from others, the Twitter like ability to follow people with having them follow you, the lack of games, ads, or garbage that makes Facebook feel so lame these days.

According to the New York Times, Facebook is hoping to lure users away from Instagram and keep them tethered to Facebook via mobile handset.The Facebook application has been ready for a while now, but they want to add more editing options before releasing the finished product.

Getting people to switch is going to be tough for Facebook. Instagram already lets you post your photos directly to Facebook and Twitter, so direct integration isn’t really a key selling point for them. Most of the people I follow on Instagram edit photos in a completely different mobile application and then post them to Instagram via their photo library, so editing and filter options are big selling points either. The only real advantage is that Facebook is everywhere. For me this is also the biggest disadvantage to. I have pretty much stopped using Facebook because of the bloat, and the fact that the feed on the main page doesn’t meet my needs or interests anymore. I know a lot of people who feel the same way.

Good luck Facebook. I’m sure your application will be very successful, but don’t expect the loyal Instagramer’s to switch sides just because.

The Instagram 365 Project. 04/29/2011

I love having a convertible. Especially when it is sunny and 75 outside. With perfect weather and clear blue skies, I dropped the top and headed South East to Lee’s Summit Missouri. Don’t ask why, the drive was better than the location.

The Instagram 365 Project. 04/28/2011

Last year I hired Ryan Lawn Service to treat my yard for weeds, fertilize, and over seed. I just want to say upfront the Ryan service kicks ass. my yard is so damn think, pushing the mower through it is like pushing through wet sand. The yard is just nuts, and I am now mowing every five or six days.

So how do I celebrate a job well done, grass chopping complete, mowage? I celebrate with an ice cold glass of beer, that’s how.

The Instagram 365 Project. 04/27/2011

Spring is here, and that means lawn mowing. Lawn mowing about every 5 days, and since I haven’t bought the rider yet, that means mowing with the old push mower. While Cosmo and Zoe didn’t actually buy this awesome Boulevard Pilsner for me, I am going to pretend they did. I’m going to think of it as an act of appreciation for the manicured playground I provide for them on a weekly basis. They really do like a well clipped lawn to play in, and I really do like the golden Pilsner dad juice for a job well done.

The Instagram 365 Project. 04/26/2011

Today was one of those days where you have to step back, take a good look at things, reassess where you stand, and ask yourself where you want to be in life.

Right now I think I have a pretty good answer for all of that. The expression on Cosmo’s face a few hours ago, is a pretty good representation of what I was feeling before I stepped back, took a deep breath, and let it all go.

The Instagram 365 Project. 04/25/2011

Four months and Twenty Five days into this project I am seriously thinking about pulling the plug. Instagram has become an unstable piece of junk app that I have had to reinstall five times in the last two weeks. Constant crashes, loads to blank screens with disabled buttons, slow response times, slow interface loads, overall slow performance on 3G networks, failure to load images, failure to display comments, etc. While I love what this app is about and does, I hate how unstable it has become. So much potential being choked by such rapid growth and the expectation to change with the onslaught of user demands. To bad Instagram. I’m giving this app and the developer company until the end of May. If it ain’t fixed then, it’s dead to me.

Here is today’s post, after reinstalling the app three times tonight.

The Instagram 365 Project. 04/24/2011

I actually shot this yesterday afternoon when I was out back with the dogs. Cosmo and Zoe love our neighbors John and Toni and we had wandered two yards up to say high. I had the EP1 and a borrowed very fast 150mm (300mm equivalent for 35mm systems) f 2.0 ED lens. The lens speed and the micro 4/3 converter ring add to the intense depth of field here. I shot the Cedar Waxwing resting on a branch about 20 feet away. The lens was wide open and the shutter was set at 1/120th of a second. The result: great color, 6 to 10 inch depth of field, amazing light balance, and detail. Thankfully we had about 45 minutes of full sunshine yesterday afternoon. Made all the difference in the world.