All lot of people are making a big deal of it. Others could care less.
Obviously, a huge factor of it has to do with privacy issues. How would you feel if a picture of you and your friends, or perhaps your children were being used without your permission? But it doesn’t stop at just pictures. They can use usernames, likes, people you follow, whatever. In the age of information technology, it is getting easier and easier for companies to obtain information about you without you even realizing it. Think about it! If you’ve ever made a purchase on Amazon, you’d know that they cater other product’s you’d like based on previous purchases. And if you’ve ever searched anything, you’d realize that sometimes exactly what you were searching for appears as ads when you visit a website, regardless of the site’s content. For example, if I was looking for a new pair of boots, all of the sudden every ad I’d see on the side of Youtube would be for Famous Footwear. All of that information along with any other demographic information is stored in databases and is used by company management to make business decisions. By using the Internet, you are basically leaving a footprint for other organizations to take advantage of in order to gain profit. This case is no different.
I guess you get what you pay for, and in terms of Instagram, it’s a free service. But just because it’s free doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with a price for consumers. Without paying users, Instagram needs a way to make money. I understand. I’m a business student. But this is probably not the best way to do it.
I’m still trying to decide on whether I want to delete my Instagram account or not. On one hand, I’m a little addicted to it and it’s still a great way to connect with friends and a free way to gain exposure. On the other, I find that the photos I post are my own original creations and don’t want people to be able to use them without my permission. Maybe I’ll start using a watermark on every photo I post on the Internet.
What are your opinions on this new policy change? Will you continue to use the photo sharing app as usual or will you be deleting your account altogether?