In October of last year I said goodbye to Instagram - it was a sweet departure and it has been a great one as I don’t regret it at all.
Yet even my next choice, Path, wasn’t a perfect alternative and only kept me interested for a few months. Ugh. You see, I still wanted the functional aspects of a good image capture system with nice filters without the overhead of privacy and without sacrificing creative freedom.
In other words, I still wanted to post filtered images but to do so simply wasn’t very simple. As you can see, I enjoy posting filtered images on Twitter every so often:
This is this generation’s “Game Boy”… iPod. twitter.com/saddington/sta…
— John Saddington (@saddington) February 14, 2013
Yes. I chose wisely. Great wifi too. twitter.com/saddington/sta…
— John Saddington (@saddington) February 11, 2013
— John Saddington (@saddington) February 7, 2013
Seat’s taken. twitter.com/saddington/sta…
— John Saddington (@saddington) January 28, 2013
— John Saddington (@saddington) January 22, 2013
— John Saddington (@saddington) January 10, 2013
But to do that I needed to use Instagram (*gasp*) for the filters, save it locally, add some text (if I wanted to via another app and save “again” in that scenario) then upload it via Tweetbot or Twitter app to Twitter.
Sigh. This was a lot of button clicks and time spent. And, ultimately I still wasn’t able to capitalize on the traffic or creative work that was mine on my own blog – the traffic went to Twitter which I’d much rather capture on my own blog.
In a nutshell, I haven’t been satisfied with my implementation and there was no obvious recourse.
My question to you is this:
Are you 100% satisfied with you Instagram experience? What is missing? What do you like? What would you like to see instead?
I know this is an incredibly open-ended question but I’d love to hear your thoughts. I am in the middle of building a small app that will address these challenges that I have for myself but I’m thinking about whether I will release it publicly.
This would obviously impact the features and the timeline of the release because it would introduce some more complexity, but I’d be willing to undertake it if enough people expressed interest or decent features.
This is my one side project for 2013. Appreciate it!