I had the privilege of testing Pressgram in its beta stage. I’ve known John Saddington, the developer, for a number of years now. He created Pressgram with some deep conviction. In one phrase: “total creative control.” When we publish pictures to Facebook and Instagram, we actually give up the rights to those photos. I honestly can’t imagine Facebook using my pic for advertising purposes, but in reality they could. Yes, I still post pics to both those social networks, but a lot less than I used to. I’m transitioning to Pressgram as I go down this road of internet sharing and the new lifestyle many of us have embraced.
Many of you I love blogging and I update my Facebook and Twitter quite often. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – those could all be gone tomorrow. I can’t imagine that would happen, but the fact is I want a digital platform where I can have complete control of my content. I have that in my blog. It’s never going away as long as I pay the bill. Saddington is a professional blogger and he loves his filtered photos. As he was thinking about his digital content and the idea that user agreements basically state you give up the right to those posted photos, he came up with the idea of publishing filtered photos to your WordPress-powered blog. At first it seemed like a stretch, but I’m starting to understand and appreciate the fact that I have complete control and ownership of these pictures. It’s reinvigorated my passion for blogging – conveniently at the same time I’ve started a new job, so there’s lots to talk about! And if you remember the initial Instagram days, it’s that good and even better. Very fresh stuff on Pressgram. Much more personal. And the platform has so much more ambition and potential in the near and distant future.
Please consider joining Pressgram. It’s FREE! Currently it’s only on iOS. You don’t need a blog to start, but it sure is fun. I say that because I constantly push people to blog and write. You have great stuff to share, you’re an expert in something and you should share that with the world. I honestly believe we become better people when we reflect on a niche topic and write.
We are trying to get as many downloads this month as possible. Katie and I are already on it and we hope you will consider joining! If not, or if you try and it’s not for you I promise not to push the issue. But I certainly wanted to make a personal invitation to my friends and family.
Let me know if you have any questions!
You can find us on Pressgram @Hans and @Katie.