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When Instagram hit the app store there was a swell of users who wanted to turn a picture of a bland, dried out grilled cheese sandwich into an old photo – then share it on Facebook and Twitter. Since then the company was sold to Facebook where it’s progressively gotten worse.
Nevermind the fact Instagram had a bug in it that could delete photos and they didn’t fix it for six weeks. Nevermind the fact that Instagram pulled Twitter inline photos off the system.
So why is Instagram even around still? They’re no longer an independent app like Facebook said they would be. Remember Mark Zuckerberg? You said that Instagram is not going away. You said you plan to keep both separate and evolve the network. It will continue to share with other networks.
So what is happening? Facebook announced Instagram will be “more secure” by being a part of the Facebook infrastructure. You can then put all your photos with Instagram photos.
I don’t mind that but I do mind the one more caveat. You give Instagram permission to share with Facebook affiliates. Facebook defines it as “businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies that Instagram is part of, or that become part of that group”.
What does that even mean? That means if you take a picture of a bag of Doritos and Doritos is an “Affiliate”, they could use your photo without repercussion. They could make more cash on your photo.
The bigger question is if Instagram has the right. After all it is a joint effort. You take the picture – they turn it into photo art. So they have as much right to share that with others as you do – correct?
These changes won’t go into effect until January 16th, so you have some time to make a decision. Remember – there are other photo sharing apps out there that don’t have these policies. If you use Instagram, you now know.
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