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Apps Like Instagram

Alternative Mobile Apps for Content Sharing


Are you sick of Instagram yet? Or maybe you’re just looking for something new to try out that has a similarly great, intuitive app interface that’s just plain fun to use?

Look no further, because I’ve got a list of great apps that have that mobile “Instagram magic” we all know and love. Not all are available for other smartphone platforms like Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone, but if you have an iPhone, you should be able to check out all of them.

1. Vine

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Vine is supposed to be the “Instagram for video.” Owned by Twitter, it’s an app that allows you to film any combination of up to six-second intervals of video. The result is a short, automatic looping video that can be shared with your friends who are also on Vine, or it can be directly embedded into Twitter. Vine is currently only available for the iPhone.

2. Snapchat

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Snapchat is a popular app among teens and younger users. It basically allows you to take a photo or a video and chat back and forth with somebody through the app. The photo or video self-destructs automatically just a few seconds after the recipient has viewed it. There’s been quite a bit of controversy surrounding how teens are using this app for sexting. Learn more about it here.

3. Cinemagram

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Cinemagram is a lot like Instagram, but instead of taking a photo, you create an animated GIF image. Although the end result is basically a moving photo, the app asks you to take a short video clip so that it can turn it into a still and then ask you to select the area of the photo you want to be animated. It’s a very artsy way to take video or photos, and one of its biggest competitors is Vine.

4. Pheed

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Pheed is a relatively new app that is quickly winning the hearts of tech savvy teens. The thing about Pheed is that it takes almost every awesome aspect of every major social network like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, and combines it into one social networking app. You can access it on the web from a regular computer, but the magic really lies in using the Pheed app.

5. Pinterest

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Pinterest isn’t just a place for women to plan their weddings and collect recipes or craft ideas. It’s quickly grown into one of the most popular image sharing platforms on the web, and you can find or share all sorts of great stuff there. Pinterest’s unique design is what draws so many users in, and with the Pinterest mobile apps, you can pretty much get the same great feel of Pinterest’s UI via the web. Easy and fun to use, you ca pin anything you want to any of your boards through the app.

6. Tumblr

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Tumblr is much more than a blogging platform. It’s largely driven by image and GIF sharing, and with Tumblr’s native apps, sharing and interacting has never been more awesome. It’s comparable to Instagram, except you can post videos, GIFs, text posts, audio files, chats, quotes and links in addition to regular photos.

7. Path

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Path is a social networking app designed only for mobile devices, and only for connecting to the closets people in your life. It’s not an open social network where you can connect with strangers, and there’s a limit of just 150 friends you can add. Like Pinterest or Tumblr, you can share more than just photos. Check it out here.

8. Flickr

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Do people still use Flickr? Of course they do! In fact, the Flickr mobile apps just got a pretty sweet overhaul, complete with photo filters, making it eerily similar to Instagram. After Instagram had its big privacy policy kerfuffle, a lot of people switched to using Flickr and never went back. If taking photos with your phone are your thing, Flickr’s mobile apps could be worth checking out.

9. Facebook Camera

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Did you know that Facebook has its own app dedicated to sharing and browsing Facebook photos? Facebook Camera is where it’s at. If you share almost all of your photos on Facebook, you could save yourself a lot of time and confusion by using Facebook Camera for photos instead of Facebook’s native app. If you’d like to find out more, you can check out our Facebook Camera review right here.
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