Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Insta-Rich but .....

Facebook buys Instagram for $1 billion, causes backlash: How to quit photo-sharing site and take your photos with you

Many users want out over news of billion dollar deal

By Colin Jones
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Facebook Inc. is acquiring photo-sharing app Instagram for approximately $1billion


Twitter lit up with a torrent of angry tweets on Monday, as Instagram fans vented about Facebook’s acquisition of the retro-flavored photo-sharing service.

@Bethanne616 - April 9, 2012
Congrats@instagram, so sad to say goodbye bc I don't want@facebook's soulless data mining lack of privacy ... But good for you! #seriously

In a post on Facebook, founder Mark Zuckerberg tried to preempt these complaints saying the company is "committed to building and growing Instagram independently." Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom chimed in saying "The Instagram app will still be the same one you know and love."

However, some Instagram users weren't buying it- and are already heading for the exits.

Xeni Jarden, co-editor of the popular blog Boing Boing, tweeted shortly after the announcement that she was "Quitting Instagram, probably."

Jarden was joined by a wave of peeved Instagrammers who said they wanted out.

@Mikester87 - April 9, 2012
Hipsters beware! Instagram is becoming mainstream  ... delete it now before you're just like everyone else!

@DanOrr - April 9, 2012
Reminder: Delete Instagram before Zuckenberg takes over.

@Stustamant - April 9, 2012
@DanOrr: A sad day for iPhone users the world over.

So what options are there for those who want to jump ship?

Users who want to take their photos from the site can export their pictures directly from Instagram using Instaport. The service simply pulls a backup of your account's photos and saves it to your desktop.

However, according to The Next Web, you can't download single photos from your Instagram archive with Instaport - only the whole archive.

If you're looking to scrub yourself completely from the service, you can delete your account directly from Instagram with this link. Deleting your account will pull your photos, data and comments from the application completely. But once your account is removed from Instagram, it is gone forever.

If you want to explore different Instagram-like photo networks try out Hipstamatic, Vignette, Picplz or Lightbox. Each of these apps allows users to adjust images and share photos but Hipstamatic is the closest aesthetically  to Instagram.


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