I love Instagram. I’ve been a member for almost 2 years. Back in the “iPhone only” days. Those were better days. Simpler days. I knew the Facebook acquisition of Instagram was a bad thing, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Have you see what the new TOS (which go into effect next month) call for?
“You agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.”
If you are a concerned Instagram user who is considering deactivating your account you have options. Many are recommending Flickr, who has been around a helluva lot longer than Instagram. They also respect your copyrights. And if you’d like to save your pictures that are already online, try a service like Instaport.
There is still another solution. You could publish your own “filtered” image on your own website. If you are sure to watermark your images, no one can take them and republish them without everyone knowing its source. And if you couple those moves with a different social media account, like Pinterest, it can earn you tons of page views, and in some cases, increased income.
UPDATE: It appears, after all the outrage over the new Terms, that Instagram has done an about-face on them. At least for now. I’m sure we’ll all continue to monitor the situation, but essentially they said “Our bad, y’all. We didn’t mean it. Please stay!” Will you?