Instagram can now sell your photos for ads.
I’d challenge anyone with a creative bone in their body to quit Instagram if the company doesn’t revoke its new “rights” to users’ photos before January 16th, 2013. Not all of our photos are necessarily masterpieces, but they are ours - they feature our faces, our friends, our special moments, our children - and now companies can come along and use these photographs without permission and without compensating the artist.
You should have the right to choose what you share, and with whom, on your terms. Your art should be appreciated because it’s yours, even if you do decide in the end to share it with others for free.
Neither Facebook or Instagram are necessities.
Let’s also remember that we aren’t paying for these services, so we are essentially taking advantage of other people’s hard work. This is the trade off. If you wish to take photos and share it, you’re pretty free to do so other ways. E-mail for example. Or your own website.
I’m not quitting Instagram just like I’m not quitting Facebook (which also sells your data to companies) because I make my living in other ways, and I don’t see either as a threat to my privacy (nobody is forcing me to put information online) or income. If I could figure out how to make money off photos I take of my lunch or a New York skyline, trust me I would have already done it.
[EDIT] I also tend to share/take photos of things I like. Favorite foods. Products. Books. Places. This is also a form of advertising, and I don’t expect compensation. (And I have brought a lot of places/companies new sales in the past through these channels)
I think people are really overreacting to this.