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InstaApps – And Other Spin-Offs That Utilize Our Favorite Photo-Snapping Friend

Instagram is pretty awesome, we can all kind of agree. So, it’s no wonder there have been many, many apps and sites that have taken our aesthetically pleasing snaps and used them in a new, interesting way. Check out these top Instagram-inspired platforms.




We’ve all thought, “Man, my Instagram photo of the Eiffel Tower/beach/ Rocky Mountains could fetch some bones it’s that good.” It was only a matter of time until this became a reality for us photo-proud Instagrammers.


Sean Broihier, founder of FineArtAmerica, decided to take the same concept of buying and selling artwork online, but this time using Instagram photos. He says that in less than a minute any of Instagram’s 40+ million users can join the site, import their photos and immediately start selling.



That’s what I call insta-photo-taking-profits.


To celebrate the launch, Instaprints is running a photo competition where the 5 winning photos will appear in a national commercial for the site. Check out all the deets here.

For those of you that like numbers and charts and data (oh my!), you’ll love this Instagram stat collector. quantifies your most popular images, tags, etc., and it will even let you know what day of the week you post the most.


The developers are based in Limoges, France, and are also behind, a “missed connection” service that helps you find your love at first site beau using geo-targeted classifieds. The team also developed bluenity, a travel community-sharing site for Air France.



If you want to run your own photo contest, has an awesome toolkit that helps you build, promote and manage the contest. Très bien!



Benedikt Terhechte, the guy behind InstaDesk, calls it the BEST Instagram client for your Mac. For $2, you can display your lovely little Instagram photos on your Mac screen, with all the normal trappings: find and add fellow Instagrammers, leave and receive comments, and save your fave images to your computer.



Version 2.0 is now available in the App Store and comes with a new layout better accommodating Mac’s OSX system, as well as a brand new icon.




Meetup has teamed up with Instagram to create Instagrammer communities around the world, aptly named “Worldwide InstaMeet.”


Meetup is a seriously cool platform—the idea is that anyone can build a network of local groups and “self-organize” to fit their interests. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world and the rest of the world by “organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference.”



Meetup has over 10 million visitors per month and has raised a total of $18.4 million. It’s no wonder our friend Instagram decided to partner up with this awesome community-loving network.


I have a few Instagram spin-off ideas…perhaps InstaJam that matches an appropriate song to your photo. Or, Voicegram where you can record a voice message that goes along with your pic. Wait, these are really good ideas. Don’t you go Zuckerberg-ing me now.


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Author : Holly Hutton

Born in the Big Easy and raised in the Sunshine State, Holly has spent the last five years brunching in the Big Apple and bantering with Big Ben. As a wandering writer, techy-in-training, and avid alliterator, Holly has written everything from educational policy and political news briefs to web content and travel blogs. She is thrilled to be a part of the KS team and working with a community of smart, savvy, entrepreneurs on all things startup!

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