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Facebook recently acquired Instagram Instagram - From Zero To A Billion [INFOGRAPHIC] Instagram - From Zero To A Billion [INFOGRAPHIC] The big news on the net this week that has got everyone talking is Instagram's acquisition by Facebook for the absurd amount of $1 billion. Why absurd? Because Instagram has zero revenue, so how can... Read More for a cool $1 billion, turning all of the employees into instant millionaires, and turning Instagram into just another facet of Facebook’s growing presence on the Web. While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has promised to keep Instagram going as an independent entity, there are bound to be changes made to the way Instagram operates at some point in the future.

For this reason, the acquisition hasn’t gone down too well amongst the core users of the photo-sharing/social networking app (which recently came to Android Instagram For Android Is Available For Download From Google Play Store [Updates] Instagram For Android Is Available For Download From Google Play Store [Updates] Read More as well as iOS). In light of Facebook buying Instagram, and the negative responses the acquisition has garnered from some, there is one question that really needs asking.

This Week’s Question…

What Are The Best Alternatives To Instagram?

Instagram has built a name for itself, and a healthy millions-strong userbase, as a result of being damn good at what it does. Which is that it offers a range of filters to add class or uniqueness to a photo taken with a smartphone, and the seamless ability to share that creation with a multitude of social networks – including its own.

But there are alternatives out there; rivals which have noted the success of Instagram and tried to build a similar service. And we want to know what the best of these Instagram alternatives are. Which do you use? Have you tried several out? This is especially directed at Android users who were inscrutably forced to wait 18 months for their own version Instagram On Android - Good Or Bad? [MakeUseOf Poll] Instagram On Android - Good Or Bad? [MakeUseOf Poll] As most of you probably know, Instagram was finally launched on Android this week. Share in the comments why you think Instagram should or shouldn’t be available for other platforms. If you’ve been waiting for... Read More of the app.

Will you be sticking with Instagram through thick and thin? What would make you turn your back on the service and look elsewhere? If you would rather wax lyrical about Instagram, or give your views (positive or negative) on the Facebook takeover instead, then please feel free to do so. We Ask You… now You Tell Us. All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week.


‘We Ask [You] Tell Us‘ is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf social media obsession with anonymity social media obsession with anonymity Read More is nothing without you.

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  1. Philip Nelson
    May 25, 2012 at 3:04 am

    A real camera.

  2. Pavelsan
    April 22, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Tadaa is quite good answer to instagram.

  3. Lucy
    April 20, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Hipster isn't bad, and is also available for both Android and iOS.

  4. Rob
    April 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I'm enjoying Cinemagram at the moment - you take a short clip of video and choose the area of the pic that moves - so you get a photo with some motion. It lets you make wonderful pictures with an area of motion - and they come out as animated gifs you can use online :)

    Here's one of my dog -

    • Dave Parrack
      April 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      That's awesome and scary in equal measures! Thanks for sharing :)

    • raido
      June 25, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      I had a dog who looked exact the same. Take good care of your dog!

  5. morinculture
    April 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Now that Facebook has acquired this, people should run for the hills. I would go out of my way to find an alternative. Looks like some excellent choices [previously mentioned] that I will look into.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Do you mind explaining in more detail why you'd avoid Instagram now that Facebook owns it?

      • morincujlture
        April 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm

        Facebook is notorious for not asking a public input because they just don't care do they? Case in point is the newly added "timeline". Facebook didn't ask for any input or even if the user wanted changes, they just did it. The purchase of Instagram will be the same, they'll change something that works to whatever their vision might be [whatever that is] but Facebook isn't Google are they?

  6. aditya pathare
    April 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    "After focus " is one of the best alternative to instagram..infact I may count on it more than instagram because of the features and the flexibilty to upload it to instagram nad various other picture hosting sites like picasaetc

  7. ase
    April 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I use Oil Paint, Old Photo, EffectCamera on my Droid. All are free.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      Thanks for the recommendations :)

  8. MSkony81
    April 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm
    • Dave Parrack
      April 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Some of the images on the website are stunning. Thanks for the suggestion :)

  9. saskia
    April 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I like picplz better then instagram. Also: LittlePhoto.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      What makes picplz better than Instagram in your view?

      • saskia
        April 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm

        The filters, automatic backup to dropbox as well as the automatic posting on several other sites (twitter, facebook, posterous (plus my wordpress website via posterous), tumbler, Flickr, Foursquare, etc.). Being able to view my photos as well (as the photos of people I follow) on their website ( The website has a nice clean interface on and the ability to view large versions of the photos.

        What I like about LittlePhoto: unbelievable large amount of filters.

        • Dave Parrack
          April 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm

          They both sound great, especially picplz. Thanks for the recommendations :)

        • Keti
          May 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm

          Painfully perfect. Her body is so pourefwl, I know Karlie Kloss is making the world go mad but Anna has always been there and showing that she is just up her street and beyond. Saglio signs another perfectly executed job! xx

  10. Vampie
    April 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I sometimes use

    • Ayesha
      August 13, 2012 at 3:04 am

      Picplz has been shut down. Existing members can only login to download their photos before September the third.

  11. EDITOR
    April 19, 2012 at 11:31 am


    • Dave Parrack
      April 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation :)

    • L
      April 20, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Yes! Pixlr is fantastic.

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