If you’re an Instagram user, you should know about the recent changes that are about to take effect. Essentially, the new Terms of Service state that, by using the service, you agree to let Instagram use your photos and sell them without giving you any money. It’s a bit more detailed than that of course but that’s the gist. I’m no lawyer so I encourage you to read through the actual ToS here.
Many Instagram users are jumping ship or at least deactivating their accounts. First though they’re looking to export their photos and get them before Facebook-owned Instagram has the right to sell them. Whatever your feelings are, here’s a way to download your Instagram photos.
Head over to Instaport to download your images as a .zip file. This is the simplest way to get your photos and have them in a single folder. Great for then uploading to Flickr, iPhoto, Dropbox, or your website! Speaking of websites… how about you try this next tool if you have a WordPress-powered site:
Instagram To WordPress Importer
Take a look at the DsgnWrks Instagram Importer plugin here. It’s described the developer here:
In the spirit of WordPress and “owning your data,” this plugin will allow you to import and backup your instagram photos to your WordPress site. Includes robust options to allow you to control the imported posts formatting including built-in support for WordPress custom post-types, custom taxonomies, post-formats. You can control the content of the title and content of the imported posts using tags like
**insta-text**, and others. Add an unlimited number of user accounts for backup and importing.
Whether Facebook / Instagram change the Terms of Service back or not, it’s always a good reminder to take a close look at what you’re really signing up for. Remember the Facebook Beacon fiasco? As these mega-networks continue to get popular and used by millions (or billions!) then these issues become all the more important. Hope these tools help you out!