A couple weeks ago, Instagram was released to Android smart phones. Since I have one of those, I was excited. Not long after I downloaded it, Facebook bought it for a cool billion dollars.
Now, my first thought, of course, was “why didn’t I think of that?” but that’s likely because hindsight is always 20-20 and I never had any inclination to build a social networking site.
But I do work in software. So it’s always interesting to see who gets bought out.
And Instagram? Has serious downfalls. In fact, it kind of sucks. Like, Facebook could have bought it for much less money.
Here are the things Instagram does:
- Takes square pictures
- Allows you to add filters so that you can pretend you took a picture of your El Camino in 1970. I dig the filters.
- Share your square pictures on Twitter or Facebook (or both!)
Here are the things Instagram does not do:
- Make it easy to follow your friends inside Instagram (except at first, when you’re setting it up, or if you already have mutual friends)
- Allow you to have easy access to your own photos
- Have a web version.
Seriously, Facebook? You bought something that doesn’t even have a website? For real?
It’s frustrating because I can look at a random stranger’s pictures, but I cannot look at real friends’ pictures unless I uncover some secret button I’m missing.
It’s also frustrating because something that is “worth” one billion dollars should really be awesome.