Alas, I have missed a few of the “dailies” in Holidailies. I was in a big, long-planned meeting/workshop for two days this week. Two solid days in a windowless room with a bunch of [$REDACTED] experts discussing [$REDACTED] things. (Those don’t really need to be redacted – it just entertains me; plus the topics are not relevant for the purposes of this blog post.) I missed one bedtime and two wake-ups for TLG – but he and TheGuy seemed to manage just fine.
I also did not stay caught up very well on social media (for me that means twitter and my RSS feeds in NewsBlur). But one of the things I did lightly track was the big Terms of Service screw-up by Instagram. For me, this is Instagram’s third strike.
Strike One: Be bought by Facebook. Facebook is horrible. And it was clear then that it was only a matter of time before I’d have to bail on Instagram. But I’m lazy. And I always made sure to flow any Instagram pictures both to my phone photostream as well as to my flickr account. (And since they were on the phone, that means they get incorporated into my Aperture database.) I was just waiting for a decent alternative.
Strike Two: Start feuding with Twitter (or vice versa; whatever; I can’t keep track). Now, Twitter’s being ridiculous and difficult about various things itself, but Twitter provides a much higher value service to me than Instagram. And I’d liked being able to easily flow things from Instagram to Twitter.
Strike Three: Their TOS rudeness this week. That was a pure Facebook play: Assert something outrageous. Everyone gets upset. And then say you’ll walk it back just a wee bit. Whatever the challenges of monetization, the way they handled this was just insulting. Also, photographers (amateur or otherwise) are a distinct subculture, separate from that much broader subculture of people who play Farmville on Facebook. C’mon now; Facestagrambook were stupid. And venal, I suppose.
So – I’m done with Instagram. And that’s especially easier for me to say right now, since Flickr just came out with a nifty new mobile app (finally; thank you, Marissa Meyer?) that does what I need. Eventually (there’s an action item OmniFocus, so that means it’ll happen one of these years) I’ll yank my content out of Instagram (and Facebook for that matter – but that’s a topic for another post) and put myself into read-only mode on those services. So it goes.
Like my ~big brother said, “It cycles, yo.”