Reply to @dansup’s link to Instagram now forces people to sign in to view public profiles
@dansup Gotta squeeze every last drop of “monetization” outta those profiles!
@dansup Seriously, though, I’ve been slowly moving away from Instagram all year. The more control FB exerts on it, the less it feels like a place I want to be.
I’m not at the point of deleting my account yet, but I’m not posting there anymore & I’m seriously considering dropping all the accounts I follow except for people I actually know, and paring down my archive.
Expanded on K2R
Just noticed I have more followers on #Pixelfed (98) than on #instagram (66)! 😁 It’ll be a while before I catch up in number of photos, though…
I mostly post nature, architecture & landscape stuff there, and just randomly interesting stuff. You can follow Pixelfed accounts through Mastodon or Pleroma too. I’m at @KelsonV
As you may have noticed from recent boosts, @pixelfed now has “remote follows”.
In case you’re wondering what it is, #Pixelfed is a free open alternative to Instagram, designed for privacy-friendly photo sharing.
You can now follow Mastodon accounts from Pixelfed, and Pixelfed accounts from Mastodon.
Some good servers to sign up on:
Remote follows mean wherever you sign up, you can follow people from other servers 👍
Smart UI on Instagram: if you start to unfollow someone with a private account, it reminds you that if you change your mind, you’ll need to request approval again.
Um, now what?
When I first used Instagram, I really wanted to be able to upload photos from my camera & type captions with a real keyboard. But it’s been built around uploading from phones since the beginning, and it just doesn’t lend itself to any other use case, even when you can get it to run on another form factor.
Plus phone photos are a lot better now, & it’s just as easy to transfer pics from the camera to the phone.
@brion In the specific case of Instagram, the website doesn’t offer full functionality: you can browse & update your bio, but you can’t add new photos.
I haven’t tried any game apps yet, partly because I just got an underpowered one to use as a second laptop. (I figure if I get nice hardware, I want a real OS.) It’ll be interesting to use touch apps w/a trackpad…
But I’ve had success with utility apps for Dropbox, KeePass & a VPN.
@brion I was surprised that the Android layer was thorough enough for a VPN app to work, but after looking around the Chrome app store a bit, I think Google decided it was better to leverage the more mature ecosystem than try to push something that never really took off.
Finally, Instagram will allow you to download an archive of your account. We’ll have to wait to see how useful it is (ex: can you easily find the caption from a photo, or do you have to search a giant HTML file with everything in it?)
I originally intended for the SpeedForceOrg Instagram account to represent the Speed Force blog, but 90% of it has ended up being me posting photos from comic cons. Another 5% is me posting something that’s halfway between my comics-fan persona and the blog’s editorial voice.
So I’ve imported it here using the same tool that I’m using for my personal Instagram. I pulled the copies of the handful of photos that belong to another member of the site.
At this point I’m not planning on importing the SpeedForceOrg Twitter account because it’s more of an editorial voice. Well, it is these days…maybe I should bring in some of the early stuff from when it was also my comics fan persona.