Which is better Tumblr or 9GAG
Instagram is one of the largest networks for sharing image and video content. In the meantime, the platform is no longer just a social network, but a source of inspiration, marketing tool, advertising space and workplace for numerous influencers. But the app is not the only one on the market with its functions.
In this post we introduce you 16 Instagram alternatives in front.
Like Instagram, Pinterest lives from image and sometimes video content. In contrast to the social network Instagram, Pinterest is more of a source of inspiration and a digital mood board. The so-called pins (posts) can be saved on your own boards.
The boards act like folders: They can be created on different topics and equipped with your own as well as with external pins. Especially for blogs and magazines, Pinterest is therefore a great platform for conveying content creatively and bundled in the form of image formats.
The German platform EyeEm (pronounced like English "I am") is an image marketplace that enables users to sell their photographs. The platform brings photographers and brands together in that the creators present their images on the platform and thus attract companies' attention.
Over 25 million creators are currently on EyeEm, driving visual culture. Content can also be liked and commented on within the community.
The microblogging platform Tumblr has been a trendsetter for many Internet publications since its publication - such as the legendary "meme" format. Users can create their own small blog in the network and fill it with photos, gifs, audio or video files and exciting texts. Over 509 million blogs on a wide variety of topics already exist on Tumblr.
The blog posts can be "" commented on and liked. In addition to memes and classic photography posts, a variety of other inspiring and entertaining formats are also published. To categorize the posts, hashtags are used - as on Instagram.
TikTok has captured the hearts of users in a very short time. Since its launch in 2017, the app has already had 100 million users in Europe alone. The platform is all about short video content and challenges. The clips can be recorded, edited and supplemented with a variety of effects with the app itself. The application is so popular that Instagram has jumped on the bandwagon and is imitating TikToks format with the new "Reel" function.
Instagram has also copied a lot from the social network Snapchat. The animated filters (with dog ears) were initially available on Snapchat - as was the popular story format. Instagram recognized the popularity quickly and introduced the functions itself.
Unlike Instagram, Snapchat doesn't have a real feed, content is shared here in the story or via direct message. The stories consist of photos or short videos and are visible for 24 hours. Commercial video clips can also be found using the “Discover” page.
Reddit unites the most diverse communities and has more than 430 million active users per month. The platform is particularly popular in the USA. In addition to image content, videos and exciting stories are also shared on the platform.
Each user can set different interests and will receive a news feed based on this. The published posts can be commented on and rated. You can “vote” both upwards and downwards.
7. 9 Gag
9Gag is an entertainment platform made up of funny pictures, memes, gifs and videos. As on Reddit, content can also be "upvoted" and "downvoted" here. The content is sorted into the categories "Hot", "Fresh" and "Trending" based on the rating.
There are also various sub-categories in the navigation that are curated by 9Gag. As on Instagram, you can also get a verified account on 9Gag. This mainly happens when you post relevant content to the community.
Flickr is an image and video platform where your own creations can be edited and published. The network is particularly popular with the photographer community, as it also offers the option of sorting photos into albums. The uploads can either be shared with the entire community or with private individuals.
The uploaded photos can be commented, liked and recommended by the users.
Vero means "truth" - because the platform wants to bring authenticity back to social networks. In contrast to the other platforms, the application is not free. Vero completely dispenses with advertisements and is therefore based on a subscription model.
Images, videos, music, locations and link content can be shared. As in the early days of Instagram, Vero displays all of the content from users you follow. The network deliberately does without an algorithm that evaluates and sorts the content.
Depop is a modern flea market app that has taken the look and feel of Instagram. Many influencers use the app as a kind of extension to Instagram to sell clothes or other products. The offered parts are presented in grid format in the account. The posts can also be liked, commented on or saved.
The app's start page is categorized as “Made for you”, “Discover sellers” and “Things we love”. Depop is therefore not only suitable for selling and buying clothes, but also for inquiring about current and past fashion trends.
The Deviantart platform has existed since 2000 and, with over 48 million registered users, is considered one of the pioneers of the image network movement. Above all, artists and photographers are represented on the platform. The posts are assigned to different categories via tags and can be favored and commented on by the community.
A source of inspiration and probably the most important platform for artists and graphic designers is Dribbble. Users can upload their projects here in the form of photos and videos. These are then shown in the search results using so-called "shots". The published posts can be liked and saved by the community.
However, Dribbble is used not only by designers, but also by companies. Because the platform is ideally suited to find freelancers for your own projects: The publications give you a direct visual insight into the work of the respective creator and you can get an idea of his achievements.
Of course, Facebook must also be listed in a list of Instagram alternatives. Even if Instagram itself is now part of Facebook, the two networks have influenced each other in many ways.
While it was pure text posts on Facebook at the beginning, images and video formats have also become more and more established in the largest social media network. Most recently, the story format was also adopted in Facebook, in which spontaneous recordings from everyday life are uploaded.
Image and video content is also becoming increasingly important in the LinkedIn business network. Although the target audience here is different from Instagram, the posts are increasingly being packaged in visual storytelling formats.
IGTV was initially designed as an independent app, but has now also been integrated into Instagram. The application specializes in video content that can be up to an hour long. It is therefore particularly suitable for content that requires explanation.
Brands can use the format ideally to present products or to give a deeper insight into the company. The videos can be uploaded via the IGTV app as well as via the Instagram app itself.
Similar to Depop, LIKEtoKNOW.it is also a shopping app. Influencers in particular use the application to link products that can be seen within an image. The app was created when Instagram itself did not yet have a shopping function.
But although Instagram now offers the function for companies and some influencers, LIKEtoKNOW.it is still the better option for many creators to do affiliate marketing with their posts.
Instagram has undoubtedly become the most popular image and video network. But there are a number of alternatives that can hold a candle to the popular app or even pioneered some functions of Instagram itself. Have fun browsing!
Cover picture: Mykyta Dolmatov / Getty Images
Originally published November 30, 2020, updated November 30, 2020
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