Upon my early morning rise, part of my ritual is to upload an image to Instagram, think of it as my cup of coffee. Boy oh boy was I not expecting to see my image deleted before my very eyes as if nothing happened.

Well then, I am not going crazy, according to The Verge and Windows Phone popular third party app developer Daniel Gary, Instagram is going out of their way to delete images uploaded to the picture sharing service.

Daniel is unsure as to how Instagram is going this, simply calling it “magic.” He then says, as far as he can tell, he is doing everything the exact same way Instagram’s own first party client does. There is some talk going around as to if it could be the exif data left in the images that would allow Instagram to identify a Windows Phone upload.

I really couldn’t care less at this point, I’ve done my fair share of embracing and even defending for the Instagram platform, to see them turn around and alienate Windows Phone users like this, not cool. And so, with little to no effort, I say, Good bye Instagram, it was fun while it lasted.


  1. You can still upload with instagraph (at least as of 8 A.M. EST) and Hipstamatic Oggl.

  2. Why do some go to such great effort to embrace a service which obviously does not give a shit about you. Sorry Doug, but FUCK INSTAGRAM! And if Facebook did the same thing tomorrow, my comment would be the same.

  3. It would make more sense for Instagram to just put out more official apps and gain goodwill than spend resources pissing off people who are actively seeking to use their service. If they keep this up they can just eat a bag of d#$%s

  4. Yup, goodbye Instagram. Guess I’ll look into Blink. Maybe it’s time to start a Diaspora pod…

  5. Anyone who does not believe this is all about “money” is really missing the big picture. Either Apple or Google have paid off Instagram to NOT allow other platforms in. Or, Instagram is holding Microsoft hostage for a Kings ransom. Or, my favorite, Instagram is heavily invested in Apple and/or Google stock and they will do whatever it takes to encourage growth. So, it’s either a payoff, extortion or a conspiracy. Time for a government agency to investigate. Forget about fanboyism for a moment and let your Moral Compass guide you. Is there any legitimate reason why Instagram won’t create an app or allow access? Has Microsoft done something wrong (aside from not including Instagram in their spell checker)? Time to move on.

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