Since my previous post in which I sigh resignedly at the further encroachment on our privacy and information, as exemplified by Instagram’s full integration into Facebook and its accompanying policy changes, several folks have commented or tweeted that it really is something to be spooked about. It also seems to be the accepted wisdom of the tech blogosphere. As John Gruber put it, “Just awful.” (Gruber does not use Facebook, for what it’s worth.)
Okay, I’ll bite. I am certainly not happy about the changes and what they declare they’ll be able to do with my data and content, but it didn’t surprise me. I have more or less come to terms with the idea that the free use of these super-platforms means exposing some of my information to the owners so they can show me more effective ads. But am I underestimating the, well, what’s the word…danger? Threat?
So what is the big worry you have? I’m not a big blog-comments guy, but I’ll be interested to read what you folks think: what’s the Worst Case Scenario implied by the changes coming to Instagram? If you think folks should abandon the platform, why specifically?
Update: Just for the record, I guess, Flickr makes sure NYT’s Nick Bilton knows where they stand:
A Flickr spokesperson told me: “All Flickr users own their photos and we have no plans to change this.” blog.flickr.net/en/2011/05/13/…
— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) December 18, 2012
Update 2: The Verge throws cold water on the panic:
First, like every other company on the web that stores user data, Instagram has always had an expansive license to use and copy your photos. It has to — that’s how it runs its networks of servers around the world. And Instagram’s existing terms specifically give the company the right to “place such advertising and promotions on the Instagram Services or on, about, or in conjunction with your Content.” Instagram has always had the right to use your photos in ads, almost any way it wants. We could have had exact same freakout last week, or a year ago, or the day Instagram launched.