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Snippet: The Return of Hipstamatic ☇

Shared on March 23, 2023

Hipstamatic co-founder Lucas Buick on Product Hunt:

But why bring back Hipstamatic now, after it faded from popularity over a decade ago? The answer lies in the growing dissatisfaction with the current state of social media. The recent controversies surrounding Facebook and Meta, as well as concerns over data privacy and the addictive nature of technology, have sparked a desire for something different.

Hipstamatic represents a return to the roots of mobile photography, a time before algorithms and AI ruled the day. It’s a reminder that technology can be used for fun and creativity, not just profit and engagement. The app’s member-supported community is proof that there are people out there who still value genuine connections and the simple pleasure of taking and sharing photos.

In a world where technology seems to be heading down a dangerous path, Hipstamatic offers a glimmer of hope. It’s a reminder that there is still a place for contrarian views and alternative approaches to tech. By rejecting the prevailing wisdom of the industry and focusing on what really matters, Hipstamatic is a beacon of light in a dark and often cynical world.

I’m playing with it right now, and will most likely end up subscribing—it’s a really pleasant nostalgia hit and seems to solve a lot of my current gripes with the horrible mutant that Instagram has become. If you used the original version, download that back to your device for some special stamps, too!

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