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Pressgram is a Self-Hosted Alternative to Instagram

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When it comes to Instagram, there’s been some serious controversy over ownership rights and Terms of Service. You can take the photos with the app, edit them in the app, host them on the app’s servers, and ultimately sign over certain rights to the app. Not everybody likes this arrangement.

Pressgram is creator John Saddington’s solution to the problem. It’s an Instagram alternative that allows you to host your images using WordPress (either .org or .com) and retain 100 percent ownership rights.

With Pressgram, users will be able to select a WordPress blog or website through which to host/publish the filtered or unfiltered photos they choose to take — if they choose to publish them at all. And since you’re hosing your own photos, Pressgram makes no attempt to claim any rights to those images.

Here’s an intro to the idea:

That video is currently taking center stage on Pressgram’s Kickstarter page, where the app has already raised almost $40K of its $50K goal.

Those who want to see the free app IRL can head over to the Kickstarter page and donate to the cause in exchange for thank you notes, credits, free e-books and the like. Interested Android users in particular have even more reason to donate, since an Android version won’t be developed unless funding reaches $80K.

Check out the app’s Kickstarter page and blog to learn more and follow Pressgram’s progress from idea to final product.

Pressgram [Kickstarter via The Next Web]


 
 
  • Alan Dove

    On the Kickstarter page he certainly rambles on about how this app will cost nothing, but is completely mute on whether it will be truly Free, as in Open Source. Instagram also costs nothing. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?

  • http://John.do/ John Saddington

    delete this comment please. i added it above.

  • http://John.do/ John Saddington

    sorry you missed the mentions… ~~~~~> near the very top is this: http://i.john.do/Nysx and then in the FAQ is this: http://i.john.do/NzaW

    And, to address your open source comment, I’ve shared that here: http://blog.pressgr.am/open-source/ .

    I’m going to add that to the FAQ. Thanks for that!

  • http://printfirm.com/ Katherine Tattersfield

    Would love an Instagram alternative. Instagram doesn’t bother to make their app available on Windows Phone. Plus it’s owned by Facebook. Nuff said.

  • ennuipoet

    While I loathe the current filter frenzy and long for day when it passes into the dustbin of history, I respect the effort being put in here to respect the rights of the image creators. Kudos.

  • http://John.do/ John Saddington

    Are there any features you’d like to see that might make “filters” better or more useful to photographers?

    Appreciate the nod to rights of the creators… that’s why I am creating it!

  • http://John.do/ John Saddington

    I’d love to make it available to Windows Phone… it’s in the pipeline!

  • http://printfirm.com/ Katherine Tattersfield

    *high five*

  • http://www.dan-vidal.com/ Pod

    I wish this was open source, so I could look into adapting it into my Octopress blog. That would be amazing (nudge, nudge)

  • http://John.do/ John Saddington

    ah, jekyll…! :P

  • Alan Dove

    Thanks for the answer. Your justification for going closed-source doesn’t really make sense to me – there are plenty of one-person OS projects – but as you point out it’s your call to make. I’ll pass on it because of this, though, and I’m sure others will too. Years of experience with free-but-not-Free software and services tells me that they will eventually disappoint.

  • ennuipoet

    Not to use curmudgeons who feel the whole filter craze is just a vehicle for bad photos to be passed off as “art”. It’s not personal I know many people who use filters, and I don’t hold it against them :) It’s just a grainy, blurry, sepia toned snapshot of someone’s feet is still just a snapshot of feet.

  • http://www.dan-vidal.com/ Pod

    True! This is an amazing first step though. I dig the idea of being able to “roll my own” Instagram.

  • http://www.facebook.com/banan.tarr Banan Tarr

    Point out one comparable service in this category that has been Open Source and “free” for years?

  • http://John.do/ John Saddington

    let’s get through with the MVP app and then move forward other sweet stuff!

  • http://John.do/ John Saddington

    but it’s no less “art” than other forms, right? :P

  • http://John.do/ John Saddington

    i would be curious to know as well so I can compare and make sure we don’t make the same mistakes!

  • http://www.facebook.com/igor.kennn Igor Ken

    this sounds awesome but is it completely unrelated to instagram? because for this to be useful, it has to be well known around the interwebz.

  • http://John.do/ John Saddington

    it is it’s own independent app. what’s nice is that despite it being a new app, especially in the beginning, the value created by allowing users to post directly to WordPress will be instant. i hope it grows into a great community.

  • Alan Dove

    Re-read my reply, please. I didn’t say years of experience with Open Source software, but years of experience with non-Open Source stuff offered for “free,” e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter et al. It’s not at all clear why this Instagram-like product is fundamentally diffent from what Instagram looked like when it was just an innocent little startup. If I can’t download and modify the source code myself, and didn’t pay for the service, I have zero leverage if/when the company decides to change its rules. Years of experience with similar situations tells me that they will, and that the changes will disappoint me.

  • http://bretwortman.com/ Bret Wortman

    I’m an open source advocate, but open source just for the sake of open source? Not buying it. There are as many reasons why Linux works as well as it does as there are reasons why closed applications work as well as they do. So I use an iPhone even though I hope Android succeeds but so far, I prefer the closed-source user experience and that’s ultimately what guides my purchasing & usage decisions, not whether I can scour the code or not.

    Maybe if we were talking about a security app, I’d feel differently.

  • http://John.do/ John Saddington

    good points here bret!

  • http://www.facebook.com/igor.kennn Igor Ken

    My point is I hope for this to happen too, it’d be very nice, but in the same time, how much exposure one as a photographer could get with this new app if it doesn’t equal or overgrows instagram (which I can hardly imagine happening) … it’s like trying to create a new facebook with different TOS … cool but, how many people do you actually expect to switch from the original giant to the new service? :/ Isn’t it a little bit utopic?

  • http://John.do/ John Saddington

    the goal isn’t to beat instagram necessarily. the goal is to provide much better and more rich management and control over your content.

    for example, you may have 5k followers on instagram but you’re also missing on 5,000 pageviews everytime your shooting an image. those should go to your blog or your own website which is a more complete branded experience.

    that’s just one benefit of something like pressgram.

  • http://www.facebook.com/igor.kennn Igor Ken

    this is interesting! thanks for replying and explaining! but how does it take visitors to my site/blog if it’s not a wordpress?