So, should you be worried? Should you immediate delete your account and the app and find a competitor to the popular photo sharing and social site? Well, that depends. First, these are purposed changes and they aren’t written in stone yet. The changes are scheduled to take effect 1/16/13. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom has already published an open letter admitting the wording is unclear, that they are aware of everyone’s concerns, and that they will be publishing updates to the purposed Terms of Service agreement. Second, if you are just an average Instagram user posting daily updates to your comings and goings then you probably don’t care a stitch about this whole mess. However, if you are a professional photographer using the service as a way to promote your small photography business then you should be very concerned about these purposed changes. Even if you are not a professional but you are posting quality images that you’ve put considerable time and effort into capturing and processing then you too ought to be troubled about these changes.
My advice to everyone at this point is avoid any knee jerk reactions to delete your account, don’t panic yet, but do stay informed. I will be posting updates to this ongoing saga as they surface.
Here are a few links for easy reference:
The CURRENT Instagram Terms of Service agreement: http://instagram.com/legal/terms/
The UPDATED Instagram Terms of Service agreement: http://instagram.com/about/legal/terms/updated/
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