The outcry following Instagram's Dec. 17 announcement of changes to its privacy policy quickly led the company to reverse its decision -- but it also generated positive buzz for a number of newer photo-sharing applications that offer alternatives to Instagram. Pheed, a six-week-old application that lets users charge followers to see their photo posts, climbed Apple's download chart, becoming the ninth most downloaded app in the U.S. last Thursday. Meanwhile, daily signups for the Berlin-based photo-sharing app EyeEm increased by more than 1,000% last week, according to founder Florian Meissner.

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