Though Instagram is the mobile photography social network of the momentWithout any doubt, the truth is that there are other options on the market. Other networks in which you can share your creations, whether they are photographs or videos. Apps of all kinds, some newer, others among us for years, and even before the rise of smartphones.
It is true that each of them has its own peculiarities. We have VSCO, for example, whose social network hides behind a powerful photo editor with very marked and recognizable predefined styles. Or the recent Dispo, with the particularity of forcing us to wait to see how our catches have been. Lets see what alternatives to Instagram we can meet today, in case we want to flee from it or duplicate publications in order to multiply our audience.
We said that some of the alternatives to Instagram had a lot with us, and an example of this is Flickr. Which was at the time the first option for many photographers when it comes to storing and displaying photographs online is still in circulation and has a free profile that still allows many uploads.
Of course, Flickr has a powerful social profile that allows us to follow other users, comment on their photographs and favorite them to contemplate them whenever we want. In the same way, others can do the same with ours. Flickr is still alive and if you didn't know about it, maybe you can give it a try.
500px has managed to become a whole reference for professional photographers, although it is also perfectly accessible for amateurs of photography. As in the case of Flickr, it also serves both as an exhibitor of our creations (in this case only photographs) and to create social contacts and interact with them.
500px has a mobile application, so that we can publish directly from our phone if we do not want to wait to be in front of a personal computer. Another great alternative to Instagram despite having a lesser predicament, perhaps because it is not so closely associated with the world of mobile phones.
We said at the beginning that VSCO was a curious alternative and it is. We have VSCO as a photo editor with very characteristic styles and that is more similar to Photoshop or Snapseed in this sense. Nevertheless, behind this editor lies a social network that is used less than it probably should be.
At VSCO we can upload photos and videos and share them with other users of the platform. Despite having a somewhat more professional approach, VSCO is open to all and is completely free, although there is presets editions reserved for paid users only. As in the case of Flick or 500px, it is an option to consider when giving it a try and exploring its possibilities.
At EyeEm we meet again with a curious duality. On the one hand we have a catalog of photographs to be able to license whether we want to print them for ourselves or to use them for advertising purposes and others. On the other, we have a social network being able to upload our creations and share them with other users.
It is, so to speak, an Instagram in which we can also sell our photographs. Another interesting social network option in which to share our photos, join your community and, why not, maybe earn some money if this photography is especially good for us.
Vero is one of these social networks that was born with force and then left a little off in the background. However, it is still in full swing and is running as a interesting alternative to both Instagram and Twitter, as we can share other content different from the photographic ones, in addition to only text if we want.
One of the qualities of Vero is that it promises not to sell our data and remains a free access social network. It is not as popular as others of its competition but in Vero we can share video and photos without any problems, and forge our community there.
Dispo is one of the last to arrive and is perhaps the most curious of this list of alternatives to Instagram that we propose now. It is an image capture application that forces us to wait for the next day to see how they have left us, as if we were living again in the world of analog photography in which reels were taken to develop. A world that continues to exist, but cornered by the digital cyclone.
For the moment, Dispo is only available for iOS users but maybe we will soon see it reach the Android field. As in the case of the other proposed alternatives, our photographs can be published on our profile so that we can follow other users to see their creations and interact with them, and with the creations.
Dispo - Live the moment
- Price: Free (purchases inside)
- Download at: ios
The queen of short videos right now it is undoubtedly TikTok. Here we are talking about video exclusively, although we can share static photos with background music if that is what we want. But the axis of TikTok are its videos since it allows us to upload our creations using music uploaded by other users to the platform, or by ourselves.
TikTok's main strength resides in how easy it is to reuse the content of other users to continue creating. Either using your audio files, or directly using your videos to create duets with our own creation. An alternative to Instagram in video format that triumphs almost everywhere on the planet.
Pinterest is another interesting option, although what it is about here is more about collecting and interacting with other people's creations than creating our own. Pinterest is a great online catalog to which we can add any image that already exists on the Internet and that serves as a powerful source of inspiration since its potential lies in the creation of collections.
We can favorite and catalog each image on the Internet that interests us in collections or boards that are available to other Pinterest users, so that they can follow us or favorite our lists. We can also upload our own photographs, of course, but Pinterest has a very particular use that is difficult to adapt to (it must be said) but fall in love and hook up easily.
On Tumblr we talk about something else again, because here we are before a microblogging social network which also allows us to dedicate ourselves to the photographic section. Its content is not so focused on photography as it is on uploading all kinds of images or memes, but it can act as Instagram without many problems in the event that you dedicate your profile to photos.
It allows you to make posts with images, videos and texts, and they can be indexed using hashtags like Instagram. The content is shared a lot, but what it does not have is a stories function. You can also create your own GIFs, and customize practically everything about your profile.
Snapchat is another of the main alternatives to Instagram although in the section of ephemeral stories. It was Snapchat, without going any further, the creator of the concept of disappearing stories and that later I was imitated by all. On Snapchat you can post photos and videos so that they are published in an ephemeral way for a few hours.
Although Facebook has been very aggressive "copying" many of its functionalities, Snapchat survives and continues to innovate with very particular features that we see on other sites, such as filters for pets or effects for faces. Also offers ephemeral private messages, so it can be a perfectly valid alternative to Instagram if we have less interest in content that lasts over time.
We finish our compilation (for now) with a very curious photographic social network such as WiSaw. Here we are before a network to which we can upload our photographs, comment on those of other users, favorite them or share them on other networks. The particular thing about WiSaw is that it is completely anonymous. We don't have to create a profile or register, just upload content.
In addition, WiSaw has a fairly minimal design and interface so it is easy to fall in love with it. WiSaw has another interesting function that allows us to see the photographs that have been uploaded near us, thanks to the geolocation of the images, so it may be interesting to give it a try and explore its possibilities. Use responsibly, anonymous networks are loaded by the devil.