I have always been on the business side of social networks regarding them providing a free service in return for them to take data that we allow. I am not much of a “privacy” is needed person when it comes to the Internet, in fact, I don’t think it exists and the more social we get, which is what we want, the less privacy we will be able to keep without losing the free sites we have come to enjoy.
With that said, as long as the sites are forthcoming with their intentions I am usually okay with their changes, however, although Instagram states that they do not intend to sell our images, their legal jargon did allude to that.
Now they have told its users that they are listening and do intend to change the wording within the TOS so it is less confusing since they did not mean to imply that they were going to steal images from its users. Instead, they were trying to relay a possibility much like their owners, Facebook, to give profiles and businesses a way to promote their account or images, which sounds much like Facebook’s promoted posts, but instead it would be for users to promote their images to amplify their reach and have the ability to gain more followers.
Boy that sounds a lot different now doesn’t it?
Perhaps the blame is on us, maybe the majority of us were confused, or were we? It would have been a lot simpler if they had ensured that we had an option that it was to help us in return help them remain a business.
Although I personally did not delete my account, I know of many who have and who were surprised by the “confused wording” that Instagram provided. Although I believe privacy and the Internet oppose each other, I do believe that we had a right to worry, to question and even if all of us were “confused”, it is better to live in a world where we still express our thoughts and opinions then let anything else take us over, that is not silly, that is smart and we showed Instagram, as we have with other social sites, what Social Media truly is, it is the united voice of the people.
That will never be wrong.
[Feedback image via inspiredwednesdays]