Ninety-five per cent of social media users should hand over their keys; they’re too drunk on self-importance to drive.
Without overstating this, the desperate outrage over Instagram’s policy changes is, according an official study, the biggest overreaction of all time.
Last week a troubled young man shot up a classroom full of young kids. The US and Europe are teetering on the edge of economic collapse. Oh, and tomorrow the WORLD IS GOING TO END (maybe*). Yet millions of would-be insta-hipsters have found a true source of genuine outrage; they’re threatening to boycott a free social networking service because they’re under the impression their photos are worth something.
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Our expectation that everything should be free is destroying the opportunity to be credited and paid for the works we create. Yes, I’m talking about Instagram.
Two days ago the social network announced that as of the 16th of January, its new terms of service allowed advertisers to pay Instagram for the use of your photo without ever having to pay royalties or even notify you that your image is being used.
This creates some really worrying concerns for users. A very wise person whose name I forget once said that if you’re not paying for it, you’re the product.
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Do you like your photo being used in ads?
Well if you use photo app Instagram, that might just be the case. They’ve changed their terms of service so they can lift your photos for use in ads without your consent.
It’s Wednesday. What’s on your mind?
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“Instagram? More like Wait-a-long-time-a-gram” I say loudly, grinning at my own wit. My girlfriend stares back at me in her usual way. The I’m-still-working-out-if-I-actually-like-you look.
The photo I took on my phone of the sun setting over Port Phillip Bay is still taking its time to load. I am, at best, a fleeting social media user. I jump on the bandwagon late and then get bored after two weeks. I just lose Pinterest.
Instagram is my latest foray. Already bored with Twitter, this ‘app’ quickly appeals to my sense of cant-be-bothered-saying-anything-clever-ness. Let the picture do the talking. I don’t even have to go through the effort of reading silly and inane updates about people’s day to day lives. Rather than read about it I get to live it visually. Instagram is the realm of newly painted nails, plates of food, animals and sunsets all processed through multiple filters and fast becoming cliché.
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I woke up yesterday morning to horrific news. My favourite iPhone application of all time, the time-wasting fun-machine photo social network Instagram, had been snaffled up by Facebook for a frankly mind-boggling sum.
Apparently a picture is not worth a thousand words, it is worth $1 billion.
Oh Instagram, why did it have to come to this? After wiping away my tears, the enormity of the purchase sank in. Here was a company of 13 employees being valued at more than the New York Times.
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