Despite nasty tirades from longtime Instagram users on Twitter and other sites, Instagram's popularity is skyrocketing. In the past 6 days, Instagram has racked up 5 million downloads, bringing the total number of users to 35 million.
How many have shut down their Instagram accounts in protest? Instagram isn't saying. Services that allow you to backup your Instagram library of retro, inkwell, and tilt/shift images won't give specifics when asked how many new users they have. The backup service Instaport would only say a "huge" number of people used its service the day Facebook said it would buy Instagram.
Independent iOS developer David Smith says he created his InstaBackup program for removing pictures from Instagram as soon as he heard about the acquisition. "I immediately wanted to have a way to get my photographs off of the service," Smith says. Since Monday 5000 people have downloaded his removal tool. Users of his Instabackup program are a mix of people who want to remove their pics before leaving and people who just want to backup their pics, he says.
How to Quit Instagram
It's a tricky task, getting your photos off of the Instagram servers and onto your hard drive. Here are a few different ways to grab your photos and run (if you so choose):
Instaport is a free Web service that lets you download your entire Instagram library as a single .zip file. Instaport is an excellent option for grabbing your Instagram images, because it allows you to filter which photos you want to download based on criteria such as when they were shot or what hashtags you tagged them with.
To use Instaport, simply log in with your Instagram credentials, configure how you want to filter your photos, and hit the big green "Start Export" button. You will then be able to download a large zipped archive of your selected photos directly to a local folder. Instaport eventually plans on adding more services, such as exporting Instagram albums to Facebook, Google+, and Flickr.
Copygram is service that lets anyone sign up for Instagram--even if you don't have an iPhone or an Android smartphone. Copygram also lets users back up their Instagram libraries by downloading their Instagram photos to their hard drive.