Something to Think About

"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Changes to Instagram

Instagram is a free photo-sharing program. Many people use Instagram to share photos taken with their phones with friends on social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter.  It was initially available for Apple products like the iPhone, iPad and iPod but now is available for Android products, as well.

In early 2012, the company was acquired by Facebook and, if I'm not mistaken, it became easier to share your photos from your phone directly to Facebook. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure as I do not use Instagram but this is my understanding.

What you need to know if you do use Instagram is that the terms of service are changing as of January 15, 2013.  As of that date, Instgram can use your photos or your username or your likeness for advertising purposes with no compensation to you. In other words, they can use your photos to advertise their product without asking your permission.  I believe there are a lot of people who might have a problem with this. It's the principle of it, after all.  Although the pictures are still your property, they can be used by someone else.

Luckily, there is an easy way to ensure that your photos are not used without your permission:  You can close your account with the company before January 15th when the new terms of service kick in.  

I'm not thrilled that Instagram is changing the rules in the middle of the game in this way but there is nothing we can do about that. The key is to educate others so they know what is going to happen. I suggest we spread the word as best we can so people can make an educated decision about what to do going forward.

That's what I'm doing with this post.  Now it's your turn.

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