Farewell Instagram. He Had Nice Shelves.

I really liked Instagram. Whatever, it wasn't about the photographs to me, it was about the social thing around the photos. So when they fucked up last week and freaked everyone out by hinting that they didn't know what they would do with our photos, but that they could do almost anything and not tell anyone, well, that made me sad. "Instagram was built to be a business," was how they started the whole explanation of the new Terms of Service, which some people thought was refreshingly honest.

Bullshit. Angry Birds was built to be a business. You try a thing, if you like it, you buy it. Instagram was built to develop a huge bubble of private information and then figure out how to monetize it later. That's not a business, that's bait-and-switch. Same reason Facebook and Twitter are freaking out. They built an amazingly cool thing, and then decided later that they could be a business. Somehow.

Then came the usual, perfect analysis from XKCD.

The point is if you like a service, you should be able to pay for it, otherwise you are the product being sold (this saying is attributed to blue_beetle from Metafilter, may be apocryphal). 

I guess I could just upload my pictures to this site, but what I loved about Instagram was the conversation attached to the photos. I'll still visit Instagram, because I like looking at other people's stuff there, but I won't be putting my own images there anymore.

This was made with Tyler Finck's wonderful new app "Piction." Go get it.

It turns out Flickr is back. Flickr started all this, but Yahoo was busy making everything it bought suck for the last couple years. Now their mobile app is amazing. I've re-upped my pro account (a paid service!) that I let languish and I've moved all my Instagram photos there. And I'll keep them co-linked here at QuarkNova under Pictures Do The Talking. My picture talking will be at flickr.com/simontarr and my username is simonulacrum. Hope to see you there. 

Addendum: several folks have asked what I used to make the transition. I used Instaport to make a backup, then I used Flickstagram to transfer the photos directly (it keeps all the comments and everything).