Eight photo-centric social sites that are not Instagram - The Verge
Here are a few photo-friendly social networking sites that (assuming you can get your friends to actually come there as well) you might want to consider if you don’t like Instagram.
In a recent (and very funny) blog post, The Verge’s Liz Lopatto bemoans the ad-ification and TikTok-ification of Instagram and other social media sites. “Can someone just build a simple photo app that isn’t sleazy and let me know where it is so that my friends can join it?” she asks. And she apparently hasn’t been the only one — it’s gotten to the point where Instagram is starting to walk back some of its changes due to user complaints.
The comments section of Liz’s post soon became filled with various suggestions for alternative photo sites where you could post your cat pix and other cute / funny / beautiful photos and have your friends and family be able to admire and discuss them. I took a look at some of them (and some that I found elsewhere).
Most of the sites listed below have the following in common: they concentrate on still photography (and don’t push you into short videos); they work on a variety of operating systems; and they allow comments. Most have at least a basic free component, although we’ve also included one for-pay site. However, they also have one other thing in common: they are not as well known, and so it is much more unlikely that somebody you don’t know will see and follow your work. This could be a major issue, especially if you are starting out as a creator; it’s often better to hang out where the people are, even if you don’t particularly like the venue.
But, if you’re serious about photography, many of these sites offer a community where you can discuss your works (and the works of others) with other photographers who may provide support and conversation.
Here are a few photo-friendly social networking sites that (assuming you can get your friends to actually come there as well) you might want to consider.