‘Link in Bio’ ➝

Anil Dash, on Instagram only allowing a single link to be shared on their service per account:

But killing off links is a strategy. It may be presented as a cost-saving measure, or as a way of reducing the sharing of untrusted links. But it is a strategy, designed to keep people from the open web, the place where they can control how, and whether, someone makes money off of an audience. The web is where we can make sites that don’t abuse data in the ways that Facebook properties do.

Links take us to places where we can make choices that Instagram never would.

I use Instagram as a way to keep in touch with family members that don’t have Twitter accounts and who I don’t communicate with regularly by iMessage. But I don’t actually like the service and the inability to share links alongside an image is just one of a long list of annoyances I have about the service.

Why isn’t there a native iPad app? Why are they so restrictive on image resolutions and aspect ratios? Why can’t I follow an Instagram account by RSS? And so on.

Wouldn’t it be cool if we all just had weblogs that we used for publishing our ideas, thoughts, and personal photos?

➝ Source: anildash.com