Big news this week as Instagram announced a major change in their Terms of Service that allows them to use your photos as advertisements. This NYT article does a great job of outlining exactly how the change will affect you. Worth noting is the fact that you cannot opt out!
It should come as no great surprise, after all. One could imagine this was the direction they would be headed after their acquisition by Facebook. It still hurts the community though. People love Instagram and it’s unfair to subject them to these changes for the sake of profit. Unfortunately that’s the business model they’ve had to pursue under Facebook.
Everyone on the Glassboard team has had experience with ad-based revenue models, and while they may work for some companies it’s not something we ever want to revisit.
I’ll say it again to be clear: Glassboard will never sell your photos for any reason. We like how our freemium model has been going and we’re going to stick with that approach.
Cloud-based storage services like Dropbox and SkyDrive are hands off when it comes to the content you upload. The new Google Drive on the other hand, not so much. This article over on CNET.com offers a good summation on what this entails exactly.
I was notified of this via our Sepia Labs board, and Brian and I had this exchange:
Honey Badger don’t care about your TOS!