Sigh. Are we really that lodged inside of our own startup bubble?
It's a pleasant mashup, nothing more, nothing less. Like sticking Craigslist and Google Maps together. Not going to change the world, but useful to some and a weekend project to show off. The developers themselves are tongue-in-cheek about it, as you could tell from the name alone.
Pinstagram may be new and interesting, but it's hardly the first one to tackle Instagram's lack of web presence...
I'm the author of InstaDesk, and I've to say that there's always been a solid interest in desktop Instagram access (based on sales), and that it has only gone up since Facebook bought it.
That's not a recipe for success. Perhaps a recipe for getting a Wired article.
1) There's not much unique about any given social site, what drives it is the users and what they post. Sure, delicious is social around bookmarks, reddit is social around links, pinterest is social around visual content, flickr is social around photos, so they have their niche, but the "secret" sauce is the users.
2) The layout, theme, or visual identity of a site is completely arbitrary. There's reason to make it unique as part of branding and (minor) differentiation, but they are just uniquely laid out views of the same (user generated) content.
The ease at which sites can be re-skinned to look like another is the physical manifestation of the "we are the X of Y" start-up meme.
Yes it's derivative, but it's a fun project that actually is pretty useful. I've logged in a couple of times since I saw it first posted because the way it presents Instagram images is quite engaging. I rarely revisit any of the Show HN projects. This one was an exception.
I'm curious if this partially comes out of some residual hate on HN for both instagram and pinterest since they are booming at the moment.
Incentives in a wanted area cause that area to prosper, taxation causes an unwanted area to slow down.
If a sipmle photoshop-plugin-like application like Instagram is worth U$ 1 billion, then of course you are bound to see 250 clones/mashups/whatever by thursday next week, because U$ 1 with nine zeroes is one heck of an incentive.
The question on my mind is: are these websites worth this? Is a photo sharing app like tens of others out there worth this much? imgur is worth how many billions if instagram is worth a billion?
Makes me wonder if they actually got their Instagram API key revoked, the Instagram's license terms at http://instagr.am/developer/ clearly say: You cannot use the Instagram name in your application.