Instagram’s IP Policy change goes into effect Jan 16 and is causing a serious disrupt in the social media space. Some Instagram users are now threatening to remove all their photos and delete their accounts. All this started when articles started going viral on various social media platforms including twitter and facebook tuesday morning. the hashtag #BoycottInstagram is starting to trend today.
Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said “legal documents are easy to misinterpret.”
“Our intention in updating the terms was to communicate that we’d like to experiment with innovative advertising that feels appropriate on Instagram,” Systrom said. “Instead it was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos to others without any compensation. This is not true and it is our mistake that this language is confusing. To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos.”
Systrom added that the company is updating the policy’s language to clarify the confusion. Instagram is also removing the section about incorporating users’ photos into ads, because “we do not have plans for anything like this,” he said.
Systrom also walked back any claim over photo ownership on the company’s behalf. He said listening to user feedback was one reason why the policy changes weren’t scheduled to go into effect until January 16.
Pc World Article:
If you can remember from my previous article “Apple ditches Youtube & Google Maps in iOS 6”
iPhone Users have been frustrated with the new changes and had trouble navigating around town. The temporary fix was a link to the Google maps website through Safari but this was not an actual “app” and very frustrating as well.
Well its finally here.. so now the million dollar question is will iPhone users go back to Google or are they already familiar with the other alternatives they were forced to use during the period. My guess is some marketshare of users will be lost due to this but the majority will go back. Google is helping brand the change on the main website google.com with the words:
New! Google Maps for iPhone is here. Get the app
Simply put and I bet everyone will jump on board.
How cool is this? the CEO for ReachLocal contributed to an article on Forbes magazine.
Forbes.com The Future of Local Online is Commerce : Full Article
here is a snippet from that article:
“I believe that each and every local transaction process will be transformed in a similar way. It is inevitable that one day, everything consumers buy locally will be booked and bought online first. This is the future of Local Commerce and I believe it is one of the biggest disruptions of dollars still out there for the taking. We’re talking trillions globally and it’s still anyone’s game.” Zorik Gordon