(And Facebook, you may be next.)
Facebook’s photo-sharing site Instagram is in some hot water today. Shortly after announcing it was updating its terms of service (TOS) that would give them the right to sell users’ photos to advertisers without notification or compensations, photographers all over the Internet have been screaming loud and clear.
And I am one of them.
Instagram, it seems, has heard the complaints, but if its actions are like everything else Facebook has done in the past few years, they will just find some new sneaky way to accomplish their same goals.
During lunch today I cancelled my Instagram account. And if Facebook doesn't stop its acute case of megalomania, I guarantee my Facebook account will be the next to close.
How foolish can the people behind Facebook and Instagram be? I guess they really aren't all that smart after all. Facebook paid a record $1 billion dollars for Instagram back in April, but if it continues making stupid moves like this, which only infuriate its customer base, it is likely to go down as one of the dumbest Internet purchases since Mark Cuban sold Broadcast.com to Yahoo! for a staggering $5.7 billion way back in 1999.
Ever since Facebook went public earlier this year the price of its stock lost value and has underwhelmed. Now Facebook is eagerly trying to find ways to monetize one of the most popular websites on the Internet. Several people asked me back then whether Facebook was a wise investment. "No," I said, "It is a stupid purchase." And now Facebook is only confirming my reservations.
Besides, I like to use filters the old fashioned way…by actually screwing them on to the end of my camera. I also like bitching the old fashioned way. Not by logging onto Facebook to tell everyone who doesn't care what I think. No. I would much rather tell someone in person.
Lucky for Facebook they aren't headquartered in Montana.