January 16, 2018

Oh good, another I’m quitting _______” post

I want to love Instagram. Really. It’s the least toxic of the big social networks and it’s mostly photography-centric. My problem with Instagram isn’t the content. My problem is with the feed. I don’t like it. In fact I don’t like it to the point of quitting the whole thing.

I get it, we’re beyond the halcyon days of reverse-chronological timelines on any significant social network, but good grief I can’t make heads or tails of what Instagram is feeding me (see [this article][1] for a few examples.)

They also seem to have ramped up the number of ads to every-half-dozen-posts-is-an-ad levels.

And their API is still read-only so you can get stuff out but can’t put stuff in via any method other than their own tools (with [exceptions][2]).

I’m out.

I know, I know, this has happened before but I’m doing it (and writing it down) anyway. After all, it’s not like I don’t have any perfectly fine image sharing options. Let’s see…

  • [Micro.blog][3] * [jack.baty.net][4] * [VSCO][5] * [SmugMug][6]

You get the idea.

It’s hard to not be where everyone else is, so who knows how long this will last, but it’s worth another attempt so here we go.

[1]: https://www.thepigeonletters.com/single-post/2018/01/14/New-Instagram-Algorithm-Changes-in-January-2018 [2]: https://flumeapp.com [3]: https://micro.baty.net/ [4]: https://jack.baty.net/category/photography/ [5]: http://vsco.co/jackbaty/ [6]: https://jackbaty.smugmug.com

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