I am thinking of archiving my Instagram posts, which means only I will be able to see them. If there is any you want, grab them before February 14, 2021. After that I will start archiving them.
There are several reasons why I want to do that. First, I really should delete my Instagram account altogether, just like I deleted my Facebook account a few years ago. Second, I am not happy with my photos in general, and I want to retire them.
I really dislike Facebook as a company for the way it takes advantage of it’s users by abusing their privacy. For some time I could pretend that Instagram is a seperate company, but now I find they are more or less the same. I have lost track of the amount of times I have been served an ad on Instagram after merely talking about a product. Not to mention the number of ads it serves up. It was easier to delete Facebook: the main people I knew who were only on that platform were my parents. Once they died, I felt like there was no reason to continue to post there or even be there. I backed up my account and deleted it.
There are quite a few people on Instagram, though, that I want to keep in touch with and Instagram is the only way to do it. So I will stick around on the service, despite how much I dislike the company that owns the service.
I am going to get rid of my photos, though. I have been on Instagram since the end of 2011. almost a decade. And in April I will be entering a new decade myself. In the last decade many sad and terrible things have happened to me and they are reflected in many of those photos. I think of those events every time I look at those photos. I think it is time to retire them. As well there are lots of bland photos of food and my face. I don’t think anyone will miss those. There are some happy photos in there of course. I may keep them up, or maybe I’ll just archive them all. We shall see.
If you are interested in doing something similar but what to save your photos first, here is a guide: