Instagram is the greatest success of the Social Era. It only turned two years old back in October, it had been acquired for $1bn and people were downloading the app north of 20million times a month.
But more than that we loved it. It captured our moments, offered the chance to show some creative mastery and it let us share and connect effortlessly.
We were in a bubble and today it burst.
The celebrities are outraged and the community is outraged. There is lots of nashing of teeth.
But what is it that is pissing us off and why did we ever thing it could be free. Is anything really free?
What is it that makes the user-base of the platform so miffed? A thread on the BBC captures some of it.
There is agreement that people will be leaving the service – offence is taken at making money out of the shared images. People should expect the worst from the Facebook and free social platforms – they have to make money and – “if you don’t pay for the product – you are the product”. No free lunch. But its undermining the integrity of being social and people are highlighting the disadvantages and risks of sharing in digital space.
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andie99uk Plus 222
adios instagram. my photos may be awful, but they are MINE. No way I’m letting someone earn good money without cutting me in…
Whistling Neil Plus 105
Why does this come as any surprise to anyone – Zuckerberg has always said unless you are paying for the product then you are the product i.e. will be sold to pay for the service. There is no such thing as a free lunch – so those who have built their world around such fripperies as FB etc. will simply have to suck it up – like the good little sheep they have trained themselves to be.
David Butterfield Plus 99
There is a simple answer to the copyright issue, do not use social media. It contributes nothing to a real interactive social life and its disadvantages or more profound than most users could even understand. Reveal too much on the net and you are virtually naked in every sense.
But people arn’t in wide agreement – being blasé about the changes is not acceptable. Its not a time to be naive about the data being collected and the uses that Instagram find for it. Its not about whether the pictures are great or not – they simply don’t belong to instagram in the eyes of the users.
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Chuck Neely Minus 142
In ernest, I’m not really bothered by this. I mean it’s not like I’m currently making any money off my instagram photos, I never thought I would make any money off my instagram photos. If I wanted to sell photos for a living I’d set up my own portfolio site that I fully manage (and pay for) and can make a profit off. If instagram want to sell my instagram photo’s, it’s no skin off my back.
Shoogly Peg Minus 88
Where, exactly, will these advertisers use your images when advertising? Where most people go obviously. Yes, social media websites, where you can already see an adundance of faces. Unless you are a pro photographer, no need to get bothered. And if you are a pro, why are you using this app?
Birchy Minus 111
I don’t understand the fuss, most photo’s uploaded to instagram are of poor quality and of little value. To sell images online, you need something of at least 16 megapixels and absolute 100% in focus. I don’t think they’re going to be using your images for the purposes that you assume. More likely some sort consumer profiling for advertisers.
It really did look like instagram had something special going on – a true connection between life, technology and social. It was phenomenal – but maybe it still is….
Is Instagram so fantastic that you’ll stick around even though it tastes a bit sour after today?
Is there nowhere else to go – is this just the ‘rule of the jungle’