What a wonderful piece of writing by Om Malik:
It was a wonderful gathering place for photographers to showcase their work and build an audience. Not a day goes by when some photographer friend or the other bemoans how Instagram is no longer a place for photography.
When I started out as a photographer-hobbyist a decade and a half back; Flickr was the platform where photographers form beginners to pro flocked and shared their creativity. I learned what mistakes I was making, composition, lighting and most importantly met people and have made life long friends. I was still on my blackberry which worked perfect to communicate and plan photo shoots but I always wondered, now that we have an iPhone, when will Flickr move to this new platform and bring this art to millions of more people.
Well, Flickr missed the boat and in came instagram and I was so excited to share my pictures and improve. But it looks like the platform that we all loved, is take a 180 degree detour.
What’s left is a constantly mutating product that copies features from “whomever is popular now” service — Snapchat, TikTok, or whatever. It is all about marketing and selling substandard products and mediocre services by influencers with less depth than a sheet of paper.
Clearly, instagram isn’t asking “Why” this product/platform exists, but are more focused on the “What”.
I recently moved to glass and so far it has been one of the best experience that I have had in a very long time.