Now that Instagram reserves the right to sell users' photos to be used in adverts, does this put you off?
I've already gone to instaport.me to download my Instagram photos, which keeps crashing under the weight of people who similarly object to having their images used in other company's ads. Going to delete my account the second my images are safe.
I don't blame Instagram for trying to make money, but this isn't the right way to do it. It's an invasion of privacy when they could theoretically sell pictures of my son for use in adverts selling guns or objecting to issues I agree with.
I don't think I will delete my account. I have never posted any personal pictures on Instagram, it's mostly pictures from my travels and I wouldn't really mind if it ends up as a stock photo for their gallery. (I am yet to check it they will at least give credit to the photographer, if yes, that would be great.)
As John Gruber pointed out: "The Facebook-ification is starting". I'm surely not happy about it but as long as such condition doesn't hit a headline with some serious issue, I'm going to believe that Instagram intentions are primarily good. It's not the way how they're going to monetize their service, just some sort of legal precaution. Instagram still gives me more than I could ever ask for free, so it won't put me off unless such condition will have some serious impact. Maybe it's less important for me as I don't post pictures of my family or a private life. But I would be certainly unhappy if Instagram would make some serious money on my picture without any compensation. Right now...? One of my shots was recently featured in Instagram feed and on their blog but that's still more kind of honour for me :)
I'm stunned that people are happy enough with this to go on using the service. I'm deleting everything. What worries me most though is the kind of change to conditions. Is it reasonable that a site can suddenly decide to monetise content with no decent opt out mechanism. Where will it stop?
A lot has happened in the world of Instagram within 24 hours. After being backlashed by thousands of users on the web, co-founder Kevin Systrom issued a clarification today on the company blog. Instagram is ready to revise the new policies, 'fix any mistakes, and eliminate the confusion'. "To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos," he wrote on the blog. Full article can be read here: http://blog.instagram.com
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