The dustup over Instagram’s terms of service changes earlier this week has many users looking for alternatives to the popular photo-sharing site. Instagram chief executive and co-founder Kevin Systrom reassured users that they a) still own their photos, b) won’t see them in advertisements, and c) have the same amount of privacy they did before the changes. Still the new terms of service have plenty of people spooked and looking to jump ship before the new use agreement goes into effect on Jan. 16, 2013.
If you’re toying with the idea, here are a few things to think about.
Before you jump ship, you should first backup your photos from Instagram, try Instaport or Instarchive, which both link to users’ Instagram accounts and send them a compact file of their photos. (It’s generally not a bad idea to have a back up, whether you plan to leave the service or not.) Both sites have seen heavy traffic since Instagram made the changes, so remember, too, that patience is a virtue.