Putting a name to the free-floating dread inspired by the Facebook/Instagram acquisition


16 Responses to “Putting a name to the free-floating dread inspired by the Facebook/Instagram acquisition”

  1. connectionfailure says:

    Although I have an Instagram account, as an amateur iphoneographer I was appalled to discover people were just using Instagram to take shots of their impending meal. Or cat.
    I found Picplz to be an alternative where most users genuinely wanted to upload good photos. Yes there are a lot of sunsets and cats galore, and teenagers who upload stuff they like rather than shots they took (a la imgfave) but it is still a good community.

    • B E Pratt says:

       Hum, must check this out. Thanks.

    • digi_owl says:

      As they say, 90% of everything is shit…

      Reads a bit like a cross between “september that never ended” and some memetic hipster joke, btw.

    • Uthor says:

      you’re “appalled” that people are using a photo hosting site to upload photos that they want to share? Well, I guess I’m sorry that they don’t meet your criteria for the proper use of the site. Sounds like you need to make your own service that you curate so only “good” photos matching your high standards are shown.

  2. Crashproof says:

    I installed Instagram because I wanted to screw around with hipstery camera effects.  I have no interest in yet another “community” or social network or any of that, and little need for yet another place to upload photos to share them.

  3. Look, I do get and understand the ‘dread’ aspect:a bit like when folk feel pangs when a band they’ve liked since when they played small clubs get to play arenas etc.
    But to say, as the author does,that Instagram somehwo represents sincerity is off-kilter. Instagram is all about artifice. What the FB acquisition will do is rob certain Instagram users of a sense of being part of an exclusive clique. It can’t rob them of sincerity or authenticity that was never there.

    • puppybeard says:

       You’re wrong. Instagram sincerely set out to make money, and they sincerely succeeded.

      They also succeed at adding an additional layer of homogeneity to some mediocre photographs. Never understood the fascination.

  4. Fnordius says:

    I really don’t get the vibe that Facebook was buying anything new with Instagram as much as they were panicking about how many users were jumping ship, only posting through Instagram and no longer logging in to Facebook. I get more of a sense that it was a mix Microsoft style paranoia and Zuckerberg being impulsive with the abstract numbers involved.

    As for me, I was looking for a replacement anyhow since Instagram had been dragging its feet with G+ integration. Looks like I will now have to step up my hunt a little…

    • benher says:

      This. I am one of these users, and I know I’m not alone. Facebook has, since I signed up years ago, become more intrusive, abusive, obtuse and obese. It should surprise no one that FB’s complete and total disregard for it’s users privacy, let alone their experience, would one day culminate in a mass exodus ala mySpace. 

      Instagram just became a new place to go – with No Messages to assail you. Just fun photos and for the ADD among us, no boring words to read – doesn’t every image have over a thousand of those anyway? Delightfully simple for all those in between times of your day and just as social.
      I just quit logging into FB altogether after that. 

      The community of IG is and has been tight and less nebulous than the ever changing face of my “friends.” For those of you that still can’t fathom why this acquisition bothers IG users, I guess you just weren’t ever a part of it. 

      …but hey, I’m no spring chicken. Big corporations ruining one more thing in my life is really no surprise – at least it makes searching for the next bastion of fun a bit more exciting!

  5. professor says:

    Just wait till the IPO goes through… then whatever they touch will only ever be about money

  6. robuluz says:

    What’s Instagram?

  7. puppybeard says:

    I can’t get over how many people are shocked that a VC company flipped for a big pile of cash.  What else was going to happen?

    The goal of Instagram, which has been shown to be “make a ton of money”, is unlikely to change with Facebook’s acquisition. The people who think it had some other reason to exist, they’re the naiive ones.

    It’s a nice app and all, but come on, even Premier League football teams have a thinner mercenary streak than the average VC startup, in that VC is all mercenary.

  8. ackpht says:

    There’s big money in stupid.

  9. mark conahan says:

    I’m thinking the billion is a kind of penance Facebook is having to pay for sucking so bad.

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