Users who miss the Instagram of the “old days” and who are dissatisfied with recent developments in the social network can turn to photo-only platforms, such as Flickr and VSCO Cam. Since starting to invest more in Reels, Meta’s app has been racking up criticism from a large portion of the public, who don’t approve of the new content format and number of posts suggested by the algorithm. Many have even backed a movement calling for Instagram to once again become a photo social network. The claim, however, was denied by the app, which will continue to focus on short videos.
To help those who haven’t adapted to Instagram’s new dynamic, Techidence has listed five photo-only social networks. The VSCO Cam app, for example, offers several filters to edit your posts and has them in a feed of their own. Flickr, in addition to allowing users to bookmark and comment on posts, also functions as an image bank, which is very useful for those who wish to download content. Check out the full list below.
Launched in 2004, Flickr is an established photography site that’s available on the web and for Android, iPhone (iOS), Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. The platform functions as a free image bank where users can find photos by author name or through lists, groups and communities. It’s also possible to follow profiles, like and comment on other people’s posts, and even send messages.
There are two types of Flickr accounts: the free account, where people can store up to a thousand photos or videos up to 4 megapixels, and the subscription account, Flickr Pro, which offers unlimited storage for $5.99. per month or 50 USD per month. year. The paid plan allows the upload of 5K (5120 x 5120) photos of 26 MP and videos up to ten minutes long.
500px is a website for people to share, like and comment on photos. With over 16 million users, the social network caters mainly to professional photographers and functions as a kind of storefront where users can even market their content. Besides the web version, the platform, whose timeline is similar to that of Facebook, is available as an app for Android and iPhone (iOS).
As with other specialized platforms, 500px has a free plan, which includes ads and limits the number of downloads to seven per week. There’s also the Awesome plan, which has no restrictions on downloads, shows no ads, and costs $59.88 per year or $6.49 per month, respectively. There’s also the Pro plan, which provides access to a portfolio site and the ability to customize the profile for $95.90 per year or $12.99 per month.
Pixelfed defines itself as a “free and ethical photo sharing platform”. Without advertising, the social network is an open-source tool, which means that its code is available for anyone to access and modify it according to their objectives. The interface is very similar to Instagram, but with a focus on photos only.
Another difference is that the platform has different servers, where users register when creating the account. So on the home page, you can switch between the “Home feed”, which is tied to your server and shows people who are being followed, to other more comprehensive feed options, such as local and global . There is also a ‘Discover’ option, similar to Instagram’s ‘Explore’ tab, where content posted on Pixelfed is displayed. The network is decentralized and there are several servers with different themes.
Although it initially seems more complicated to use, the site is free and offers more freedom to the public. It is possible, for example, to create your server to connect with friends and set up a private network for sharing photos, which can be liked, commented on and sent to other users.
4. VSCO Camera
VSCO Cam is a photo editing application for Android and iPhone (iOS) phones that also works as a kind of social network, where each user has their feed. It should be said, however, that the interaction between people is not the focus of the application. You can’t like or comment on other people’s photos, for example, and profiles are always public, with no option to make them private. VSCO recently launched the “Spaces” tool, which lets you create shared galleries about a specific theme, event, or location.
There is the free version of the network, which has limited interactions and editing possibilities, and the paid plan, which has a seven-day trial period and costs $29.99 per year or $7.99 per year, respectively. month. The subscription version offers more editing options, with advanced tools and a video editor.
5. Be real
The BeReal application aims to encourage users to “be themselves”, unlike the content produced to generate engagement on TikTok and Instagram, for example. Available for Android and iPhone, the app has no filters and only allows one post per day. At random time, it sends a mass notification to users to record and share with their friends what exactly they are doing at that time.
The audience has up to two minutes to take a photo, and BeReal simultaneously records footage from the front and rear cameras. If the user tries to take multiple photos before posting, the app “duplicates” the attempts. Also, when a new daily notification pops up, previous photos disappear, leaving only your recordings in the “Your Memories” field, similar to Instagram’s Memories.
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