Goodbye, Instagram?

small__7622879648By January 16, millions of users all over the world will most likely be kissing Instagram goodbye and deleting their accounts – for good.

Ever since Facebook bought Instagram for a whopping billion dollars, the move has alarmed users, and have made them wait with baited breath for the next move. The next move in question has indeed happened: the photo-editing and uploading app has changed its user and privacy policy early December, and has shocked Instagramers everywhere.

According to their first-released statement, users who have agreed to Instagram’s new terms and conditions will be giving Instagram permission to sell their photos to any company and used in advertisements. This may not be a big deal to majority of Instagrammers who most take pictures of food, landscapes, and silly faces set to artsy filters, but this is a matter of great concern to people who make living off their images, like, say, bloggers and photographers. Even Mark Zuckerberg’s own wedding photographer wouldn’t have any of it.

Since the uproar, Instagram has issued a follow-up note and promises to reword its terms. However, many users – including National Geographic, no less – are still suspicious and suspending their use of the web app until further notice.

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Instagram Alternatives

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After their Terms-Of-Service stunt last year, a number of people have sworn off Instagram for good. However, those filters and effects are habits that are certainly hard to quit, and have left people either having withdrawal symptoms, or have sent them crawling back to Instagram. What to do?

Here are some alternatives you can try out and decide for yourself if they sate your filter hunger.

The biggest contender for the top spot is Flickr. As we mentioned in the previous post, it now accepts users with open arms and has its own share of scrumptious filters to offer. You can also try BeFunky, another photo-editing app that gives a lot of choices within their choices of looks. Last but not least is Pixlr-o-matic, with an easy-to use interface with filters, photo accessories, and frames to choose from. They all make photo-sharing a cinch – with just a few clicks of your mouse or a few touches on your smartphone, you’ve instantly made a filterific picture you can share with your friends.

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Bookmarking with Reddit

If you are looking for a good an hassle free bookmarking tool, then you can perhaps check out Reddit. Unlike most bookmarking sites, you don’t have to put in the necessary description. All you need would be the site URL and the Title as well as the category you want to place it in.

Reddit is a good site to bookmark your site. While it may seem limited, it is a great one for people who focus on coming up with good headlines. That is the essence of attracting readers in the first place. Get good titles and you will surely get right traffic to your site via Reddit.

Get Fit! Get Strong! Get Social!

At one point or another, every person on the planet has at least thought once about their fitness level. medium_2212219500Whether it be for vanity, for health, or for goal-setting, people the world over have made some effort in their lives to get back to exercising. That’s why we now have quite the lucrative market of gym memberships, exercise machines, exercise apparel, and more. Fitness and well-being have transformed from becoming simply an activity to a lifestyle choice, and people who actively get out there have become to be viewed as the elite from afar.

If you have a difficult time being consistent with your exercise regimen, and if you find it disheartening to keep at it when it seems the results haven’t been visible at all, Fitoracy might be just the app for you. It’s essentially a form of mobile phone social media with a
Fitness twist. Once you join, you’re encouraged to choose what type of exercise to target what fitness aspect you’d like to do today, and you can track your development as you go. It also issues challenges to you as often as you’d like, and you gain access to both knowledge and motivation from millions of users the world over.

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Tumblr’s Where My People At

small_433795627Tumblr has become the refuge for fun, fandom-loving crazy-good types on the Internet, and it’s a place where people are free to be who they are. It’s a place where gender and sexuality is accepted, protected, and celebrated, fandoms are respected, social justice is fiercely upheld, and insane humor is cultivated and allowed to thrive – like kudzu, yes, but we kinda like it that way.

Tumblr is made up by users all over the world who are open and honest about the things their into – fitness enthusiasts, TV show fandoms, artists, lifestylers and scenesters, crafters, DIYers, scholars, activists, film-makers, independent start-ups – the list goes on and on. There are tumblogs dedicated to a certain aesthetic, or TV show, or music or band. There are tumblogs that even answer other users’ questions as particular characters (MLP:FiM’s Pinkie Pie, Steam Powered Giraffe’s song characters, and Gravity Falls’ Dipper and Mabel are just a few.)

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