|Cute cat, but he will be even cuter when his liver disease clears up.|
I hate Instagram.
I am contrarian enough to dislike it just because it seems ubiquitous these days, but that's not my real problem. My real problem is that not every snapshot should look like it has been fading for 30 years in a shoebox under someone's bed. Sure, occasionally it is is kind of fun to see a cool effect that someone has achieved in the pursuit of creating an interesting image. But as a means to convey information about a life? Meh. I don't find it interesting to see fuzzy, grainy, pictures with distorted colors and a loss of detail.
Like I said, I can understand that there are times when it can be pretty cool, but overall I'd rather look at images that were interesting for their own sake.
From Instagram's FAQ page:
"Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever." Because without a filter it just isn't a memory.
"We're building Instagram to allow you to experience moments in your friends' lives through pictures as they happen." But our friends are so boring we needed to do something to keep us awake. (Or the alternate response: But we think all of your friends' lives should look alike.)
"We imagine a world more connected through photos." And what connects you more than a fuzzy image with all sorts of indiscernible details?
"When we were kids we loved playing around with cameras. We loved how different types of old cameras marketed themselves as "instant" - something we take for granted today." We get it, Polaroid is dead and their cameras produced crappy photos.
"Mobile photos always come out looking mediocre." But not mediocre enough. We decided to magnify the mediocrity.
"Our awesome looking filters transform your photos into professional-looking snapshots." And what says professional like grainy?
If you use Instagram images on your blog or on Facebook, I still love you. I just wish I could see you more clearly.