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Tadaa, I’m Leaving Instagram.

TadaaYesterday 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.

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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
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Buck Serves Up Datagrams for the US Open.

I love this. What a great use of white hot visual social media goliath Instagram, beautiful design, and animation, plus data provided by IBM. At the US Open this year, Buck in conjunction with IBM and Ogilvy & Mather created live video animations that were uploaded to Instagram. A custom toolkit and workflow was designed and built to accommodate the live data that was being entered and shifted with the on court action. The result was responsive data-based animations, rendered and uploaded in minutes. The video below shows the end result highlighting the clean design work and simple animations.

Casey Neistat Love’s Instagram. So do I.

Anyone that ever reads my blog here probably knows I’m a big Instagram fan. I even like it in the post Facebook buyout world. With that said, it isn’t perfect. The video below is a humorous look at how not to suck on Instagram by filmmaker Casey Neistat. He is pretty opinionated about Instagram and what users should or shouldn’t do, but most of the points he makes are pretty spot on. Especially the storytelling component.

“Fiestagram” Ford’s European Instagram Campaign.

No matter how you slice it this is pretty impressive. Ford in conjunction with Instagram, and Facebook have created the first Instagram based campaign.

Created by Blue Hive, the campaign centered around image challenges used to highlight new features of the Ford Fiesta for the European launch. Participants simply used the hash tag Fiestagram, and cross posted to Twitter and Facebook to enter the contest. To extend the campaigns reach, Ford displayed the images in all three social networks as well as physical galleries, and on digital billboards that displayed images in real-time as they were uploaded to Instagram.

Images that were judged to be particularly impressive or made it to Instagram’s “Popular” page received weekly prizes from Ford, with the final prize being a 2012 Ford Fiesta. Watch the video and pay close attention to the numbers. For a low cost campaign, this developed serious buzz and page linger times, with the average viewer spending almost 3 and a half minutes within the microsite on each visit.