I’ve been playing around with the iPhone app Instagram. I decided to give this freebie a try after a gaggle of soulless self promoting Apple marketing zombies declared it “imaging app of the year.” Instagram, like Hipstamatic, (which incidentally stopped working after the last update), crops iPhone images to squares, applies hokey filters and then offers you the opportunity to “share” or print your masterpieces on related websites. Apparently Instagram is already one of the words largest online photo libraries. Considering Instagram images are filtered iPhone shots it’s almost certainly the world’s second largest online collection of crappy throw-away shots. Facebook is the largest if you’re wondering!
You probably sense that I am not drinking the Instagram cool-aid. Instagram is a fine fun freebie but it strips EXIF data from the images it drops in the iPhone camera roll. This is the second iPhone EXIF exterminator I have encountered. I have this thing about EXIF data; it annoys me when software massacres it.
Here’s a little poem:
Exterminate EXIF – NOT
Let it be
Set your fricking EXIF free
Alas, with Instagram, it’s not to be!