What’s next for the Instagram user?


Oh instagram how I love(d) thee.

I still love you but you make it so difficult at times. Especially right now. The updated terms of use for Instagram are out and they have not gone down well amongst the Instagram faithful.

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You can read Instagram’s updated terms of use here

So instagram can basically use your photos. The popular camera filter social network will become an image stock agency and your photos will be used for free. Now we shouldn’t really be surprised after Facebook bought Instagram and we all know they are well-known for their terms and conditions. You will find that adverts will start to be tailored based on your usage on both Facebook and Instagram as both sites will be taking data from you, which basically means ker-ching to advertisers! 

We really should not be surprised that this has happened, especially with the feud with Twitter continuing on. Now that the Twitter app has started to add its own photo filters to its iOS and android apps, is this the alternative?

It’s not my alternative. I’m not a fan of the official twitter app but we don’t need to make up our minds yet. We have until January 16th to accept the new terms or delete our accounts. This morning I saw a noticeable amount of people I follow have deleted their accounts, I don’t blame them. I don’t think I will delete but this all serves as a reminder… if you don’t want other people taking your photos then don’t post them on the internet.


If you do want a great photo filter app, the one I use most and actually prefer to Instagram’s filter options is Snapseed.

I’ve just updated to the newer version of Flickr on my iPhone. It now has a stream of content, better search functionality, easier to upload photos and they now have photo filters also. It’s like they knew 😉 Also in another win to Google over Facebook as they don’t have any terms of use conditions on photos being used by themselves across Google+ and Picasa. But who knows if they will change their minds in the future.

There are alternatives to Instagram out there with Twitter and Flickr increasing their photo functionality on their apps within the last few weeks, who knows who else will want a chunk of Instagram’s loss.

We all know that Facebook is draining the rights away from its users and Instagram is a very big part of that now – but will people delete?

Pssst. Photo app developers. You know what you have to do. Hop to it!

Updated: Instagram have acted quick, possibly due to high profile celebrity accounts deleting their accounts but I am glad I didn’t delete straight away. Here is their latest blog on this issue;


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