There are times when I worry about the human race. We often ignore severe problems while we go to great efforts to find solutions for problems that don’t exist.
Take photo sharing, for example. How many ways can you share photos online? Umpteen plus a couple of more. One of the more popular photo sharing apps is Instagram. Click and share a photo to the universe. Now do it on your Mac.
Share Instagram Photos On A Mac
Instagram is one of the more popular photo sharing sites online. The iPhone app makes it drop dead easy to shoot a photo and share it online within seconds.
What’s the opposite of voyeur? What’s the compelling need to share photos with the world?
I don’t know, but Dr. Phil should do a whole episode on our constant and growing need to share our intimacies of the moment.
Alright, that said, I can come up with three reasons to share photos using Instagram. It’s free. It’s easy. Everyone is doing it. Instagram’s iPhone app is free, so using Instagram is free.
What if you’re poor and don’t have an iPhone? Well, you’re here so you’ve got a Mac, right? Here are two not-quite-so-free apps that do Instagram on your Mac.
InstaDesk – The least expensive of the two Instagram-like apps is InstaDesk, which also has the most features.
From the toolbar, download photos from Instagram. Search to find other Instagram users to follow. Even comment or like photos. See? A single app for voyeur’s and whatever the opposite of voyeur is.
InstaDesk is a little busy with options, so it’s aimed at the more active Instagram-user-stuck-on-a-Mac crowd.
You can view your friend feed, specific tags, and full screen slide shows (seriously, though, my limited experience is that most Instagram photos are not worth entry into a full screen slide show).
Carousel – The artsy craftsy award for lickable Instagram app goes to Carousel. Features are similar. View your feed in a floating app window with multiple themes.
Carousel doesn’t have the toolbar options, but it does have plenty of keyboard shortcuts and options, and it’s dead simple to use. Drag and drop photos to upload to Instagram or to iPhoto.
You can still follow users, comment, moderate your comments, and a little more. The artsy craftsy look and Carousel’s added ease-of-use costs twice that of InstaDesk (remember, the Instagram iPhone app is free).
That brings me to another interesting phenomenon (beyond why we have to share our photos to the world).
What’s the Instagram business model? If it doesn’t make any money, will it still be around in a few years? If not, where do all the photos go? Inquiring minds want to know. Regardless, Instagram is about as easy as it gets to share photos. Think of it as Twitter for voyeuristic photographers.