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Instagram alternatives and preserving your Instagram photos

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Do I stay or do I go?  That’s what a lot of Instagram users are thinking about this week as they go through the roller-coaster ride of Instagram’s new privacy policy and terms of service. You can find the details of the new TOS here. The terms take effect on January 16, 2013 which means you have time to decide if you want to stay with Instagram or move on and share your photos elsewhere. If you decide to delete your account, you should know that once you delete it – it’s gone. Instagram doesn’t let you reactivate your account once you request to delete it.

If you decide to delete your account or want to back-up your photos, check out these alternatives and ways to preserve the photos you’ve already stored on Instagram.

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Exporting Instagram photos

Before you jump ship and close your account, don’t forget to download you pictures. One app you can use is Instaport. Sign in with your Instagram account and Instaport downloads your Instagram pictures as a zip file on to your desktop.

And if you want to preserve your Instagram photos in a hardcopy form, instead of a digital download, make an album! Keepsy lets you arrange your Instagam photos and create a personalized photo book that you can show off. The albums start at $29.95 for 30 pages and you can expand your album up to 100 pages if you pay extra.

Sharing photos and filters

If you’re looking for a social photo sharing alternative or camera apps with a filter, here are some alternatives:

1. Flickr app (Free) – Last week, Flickr released their iPhone app that comes chock-full of filters and ability to share your photos on with friends on Flickr and on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. What sets Flickr apart from Instagram is how you have privacy controls on who can see and how people share your photos. Also, Flickr retains the original resolution of your photo which means you can later download the hi-res version, unlike Instagram.  (Disclosure: Yahoo! is the parent company of Flickr)

2. Camera+ ($0.99) – This is a robust camera app that let’s you set up a good shot. You have an option to turn on image stabilization, use a auto timer, or take a burst of shots. Once you’re done, you can further edit the image with filters and and other manual adjustments. When you’re done working your magic on your picture, you can share your photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.

3. Hipstamatic ($0.99 + in-app purchases) – Before Instagram, there was Hipstamatic - the app that gave you dreamy filter heavy square shaped photos. Hipstamatic has been adding more Hipstapaks that give photos a more artistic and one-of-kind feel to the picture. This app lets you change the lens, film, and flash to make each picture unique. A lot of people get turned off by the cost of this app but if you select a couple packages you like, you can mix and match the lens and filters to create a variety of artistic photos. When you’re done with your photos you can share on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Instagram. It also gives you an option to order prints.

Do you have a favorite photo sharing app? Comment here or let us know via Yahoo! Shopping Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

Note: This was written by Angela Kim, the Yahoo! Shopping Social Editor.

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