After the news broke yesterday that Facebook had acquired Instagram for 1 Billion dollars, social networkers everywhere became enraged. Although there are other reasons to be upset about the merger, the main complaint seems to be the fear that ads targeted toward users based on the location-tagged photos will start popping up in their Instagram feed. For those users that have decided they no longer want to use Instagram, but would still like to save their photos, there are some great sites to help you do just that. Here are a few of them:
1. SocialFolders – This site will actually allow you to back up not just your Instagram photos, but also your profiles from other social media sites such as SmugMug, Picassa, YouTube, GoogleDocs, Flickr and Twitter.
2. Copygram – This site was originally created so that you could have a web version of your Instagram photos. You can download not only your own photos, but also your favorites from friends.
3. Instaport – This website makes it very simple for you to save your Instagram photos. It creates a zip file for you in just two simple steps.
Although now you can delete your account and still save your photos, the question remains, is this knee-jerk reaction simply based on a need to grandstand against targeted ads and the monopoly Facebook seems to be creating on Social Media, or are Instagram users completely entitled to their anger? Sometimes it seems that people fight on social media, just to fight. And other times, the arguments are valid and need to be made. Comment below and let us know how you feel about the acquisition and the reaction it has gotten thus far.