We all agree Instagram has become one of the most toxic social media apps. From hate comments to cyber bullies, it gets disheartening to use the app sometimes. So developers have come up with a new app–Filtergram. Just as the name denotes, Filtergram is a simply a ‘filtered’ Instagram. Others describe it as an app for ‘antisocial social-network users’.
Sometimes you just wish Instagram could go back to the start. When everyone was figuring the whole social media thing out and all the comments were kind. Not to mention the days of no ads and sponsored posts.
Well, thanks to a web app called Filtergram, you can now go back! The app blocks out all the things you do not want to see, and gives you exactly what you bargained for. Developers describe the web app itself as one “for people who want to see some Instagram content, but aren’t too keen on the Instagram Experience itself.”
Filtergram: No comments, no likes, no ads…just followers
“Filtergram is what anti-social social-network users like me call “read-only”: You can’t post, comment, or like, you can only follow. Everyone else’s comments are scrubbed out, too, as are ads and Stories”, Fastcompany wrote.
Moreover, the design for Filtergram is perfect. It’s just a clean, fresh app with a minimal touch to it. The feed is chronological–exactly how Instagram used to be, before business came in the way. You can also filter out posts per specific hashtags. For instance, all posts that say ‘#throwback’ can be blocked from your feed by simply blacklisting it.
Best part is you don’t need an Instagram account to sign up. Incredible!
Filtergram was designed by developer Ben Howdle–to please his wife
Ben Howdle, a 29-year-old software engineer behind Filtergram, created the app on a request from his wife.
“Earlier this year she began training to become a personal trainer, and she asked me if there was a way to create an app that could filter Instagram posts intelligently—like, ‘I’d like to see someone’s workout, but somehow avoid their beach selfie,’” Howdle explained.
She then created a private account to follow those she wanted to see posts on. “She reluctantly created a private Instagram account and followed a few people relevant to her studying, and was immediately hit with all the social media annoyances,” he added.
It was after this that Ben realized that creating an app to suit this request would be feasible. So Ben got to work and voila, we have Filtergram. He even says that he did not need any “heavy machine-learning tech” to achieve this.
Ben promises to build similar apps for other social media platforms
So far, the response to Filtergram has been good–according to Ben. “From the initial response, it seems that other people have had similar wants: to browse some Instagram content, but not be forced into giving their information to Facebook or Instagram,” he disclosed.
Furthermore, Ben says that he would continue to build apps that extend to other social media platforms. “Most prolific Instagram users actually do want these social features. I’ll just continue my pattern of building alternative experiences to popular social media platforms, like the anti-social curmudgeon I am.”
Such a great app to stalk someone lol!