Remember when everyone was crazy for Instagram because it had filters and could do clever stuff to the photos you took with your mobile device? We've had Instagram on our minds here at BlogHer for quite some time. For example: Using Tilt-Shift Focus with Instagram, Adding a Watermark to your Instagram Images, and Instagram Photos on Twitter?. We've had sessions on Instagram at BlogHer conferences.
Well, we still love Instagram, even if Facebook did buy it. And we're still Instagramming (using Instagram? Instagrammers?) to the max. But, wait. There's a lot of competition out there now. New mobile photo editors showing up all over the place wanting our attention and allegiance. I'm true blue and loyal, oh Instagram, but I'm taking a look at the competition. The new terms of service is testing my loyalty as well. (Watch for a complete report on Instagram's TOS later this week from Alexandra Asher Sears.)
Snapseed screen capture via iTunes
This post from Geek Sugar explains 6 Reasons Why Snapseed is a Phenomenal Photo Editor. Google owns Snapseed.
Twitter filters from Twitter blog
Twitter now has 8 filters for photos in its updated app for iOS and Android. Cool Mom Tech talked about it in Photo filters come to Twitter! And how to make your new Twitter header. You can learn more about Twitter filters from Geek Sugar in 3 New Twitter Shenanigans to Know About.
PicsArt screen shots from Google Play
PicsArt is another mobile photo editor. Right now it's only for Android, and claims to be the most downloaded Android photo editor. It also claims to have more options for transforming your photos into works of art than other photo editors. An iPhone version is promised for early next year.
Flickr released an updated mobile app this week. Guess what? It contains 18 new filters.
Instagram Updates Itself, Too
Instagram is changing as well. You can no longer post Instagram photos directly on Twitter. Read more about that in Instagram Photos on Twitter? Fuggit About It.. Instagram updated its app with new goodies. These include some new filters and a reworked interface that makes it slicker to use. What to Expect from the Instagram update has more details.
Here a Filter, There a Filter
Chris Messina has a funny update on Zawinski's Law of Software Envelopment which he states like this:
Every program attempts to expand until it offers photo filters. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.
If Chris is right, you know what to expect.
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