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App Review: Flickr

Since last month’s Instagram debacle, I decided to review alternative apps. My requirements? There had to be versions for both iPhone and Android. (While my requirement is that it has to be available on both of the main platforms, these reviews are for Android only, since I don’t have access to an iOS device)

I already reviewed EyeEm, a new social platform based out of Berlin for adults. I’ve continued using it- I like the filters and ease of use… though it does attach a location if you have GPS on, and that’s a little annoying.

Next up, the mainstay Flickr. Now, I used to put up all my photos on Flickr and had a pro account for years. Currently, they’re offering free users three months of a Pro account just for installing the mobile app and linking it to your account.

The good:

  • Flickr has a great community, which you can access from your computer and from your phone.
  • You have a lot of privacy settings, and even the ability to post how you want your photos to be shared (via Creative Commons settings, though that’s done on their website, not the app).
  • There are plenty of filters to choose from, and you can post to a wide variety of social networks (FB, Twitter, Tumblr, Blogger, Livejournal, and to email).

The bad:

  • The overall design of the app is a little clunky. While the opening screen puts the social stream up front and personal (with comments and contact requests), some of the features are buried. To share a photo in the Android app, you have to click on the camera button, which then asks which camera you want to us. In most apps, this prompt allows you to choose either a camera or to upload from a gallery. It’s only IN the next screen that you can click on an icon that vaguely looks like a stack of pictures to pick the photo you want.
  • When sharing a picture, the app doesn’t automatically pull through your caption for the picture. Instead, you’re prompted to post a secondary “message” to go with your social network posts.
  • If you’re a high volume photographer, you’re going to have to pay for Flickr Pro. With Flickr’s free account, you can upload 300 MB of photos per month, as well as two videos. But you’ll only be able to see the last 200 photos/videos in your photostream. It’s $24.95 for a year of Flickr Pro.

I really wanted this to be a great solution- and I only hope that the app gets some attention now that people have started to leave Instagram. But the price of the Pro account, and the design of the app makes me say that it isn’t an Instagram replacement right now.

If you have an app suggestion, let me know!

App Review: EyeEm

If you’ve read my post about Instagram and their new Terms of Service, I updated it. Just so you don’t have to click to another page, this is the latest:

Instagram blogged about the backlash, admitting they weren’t very clear in the way they wrote it (actually, they said that we just misinterpreted it because legal jargon is so tough). Ads will be coming to Instagram, but they won’t be selling your photos to be used in ads. And they’ve already removed the verbage that made it seem as though they were going to use your pictures and name in ads- very similar to Facebook’s social ads.

While I completely understand that Instagram needs to make money, this “admission” feels more like them simply trying to cover their asses. Because frankly, it isn’t that hard to say that they’re going to roll out ads and allow brands to show that you’ve liked pictures of theirs.

(Of course, they didn’t address the bit where they said they wouldn’t divulge which posts were ads at all- which frankly is a disappointment.)

Turns out I’m not the only one who felt like their ‘clarification’ wasn’t making things better. Pay attention, writers, the words you choose are very important.

Now- when Instagram made their announcement, I decided to evaluate some Instagram alternatives. The only requirements were that they had to be usable for both iOS and Android. (I’m not being compensated for any of this. Just sharing my own search for an Instagram replacement here)

First up, EyeEm. EyeEm is a social photo sharing app and site. Based out of Berlin, it has a pretty straight forward Terms of Use. Unlike Instagram, it’s meant for users 18 and up- since there might be some adult content shared.

There are lots of pretty filters, and a slew of border choices that you can access with a simple swipe of the finger (left and right to choose filters, up and down to choose borders). And unlike Instagram, you can post an entire picture or crop it if you like.

From there, you can tag it with a category for people to find it (or not) and with a location and a status and share it on your favorite social networks (you can post to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and Foursquare).

I haven’t gotten to try out many of the social features- as of right now, only one of my friends from FB and Twitter are using it. (But check out the pictures I’ve posted so far!)

Pros: Easy to use, lots of features- and can post to any of the major sites that you’d want to share with.

Cons: Not much social activity yet.

My verdict: I like this one!

I’m going to give the Flickr app a go next- any other apps you think I should try?

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