Instagram's 3rd Strike

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Razeus, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    I'm going to give more thought to the use of this service. I really like it too. But this is the 3rd strike against this service if they go through with it.

    Don't know how this would affect my account, but it I have to wonder if "the internet" is blowing this out of portion in the usual manner. If they are truly going to let 3rd parties use my photos to create ads without my consent or notify when they use my photo in an ad, this is a deal breaker.

    Strike 1 - being bought out my Facebook. It always happens "we'll keep the service the same", but it was just a matter of time.

    Strike 2 - breaking Twitter card features. Just as Apple and Google should play nice, so should Twitter/Instagram for the sake of the user experience. This was just plain childish.

    Strike 3 - change in the ToS. If they go through with it, I'm out as for as a "portfolio" in which I was using it for. I probably just keep a BS one and just post photos of food & dog.
  2. pknz macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2005
    This was strike 3 for me.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2011
    I was out the moment the Facebook deal was announced. Tried Flickr, but now I'm on 500px. A much better portfolio presentation. I'm curious as to how Instagram worked for you. Using it as a portfolio that is. How you used it, client procurement, etc. Thanks in advance!
  4. steveash macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2008
    I always thought of Instagram as a turd polisher and never really used it. All the same I deleted my account and app in protest of Facebook's 'let's see what we can get away with' approach to T&Cs.

    It also got me thinking that people who post images to which they don't own the copyright are likely to be in serious legal problems if the image were to be sold.
  5. paolo- macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    I personally wouldn't put my images on instagram but it seems like they changed the policy (and also that it reflects what they wanted to do all along). They won't be using the images themselves for ads but rather data from them. The Verge also has a nice write up:

    Either way, I wouldn't be surprised to see lots of people who are serious about the ownership of their pictures outta there. I would actually like to see flickr come back in popularity. It just needs a bit of tidying up. If flickr gets traction back with the more serious photogs, I wouldn't be surprised to see Facebook tie up Instagram closer to Facebook (and then ask themselves why the balls they paid 1B$ for photo filters).
  6. Prodo123 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    Instagram and the very concept of Instagram is analogous to putting lipstick on a pig.
    Never used it, always hated the photos it made, much prefer a DSLR or even the default iPhone camera over it.
  7. fcortese macrumors demi-god


    Apr 3, 2010
    Big Sky country
    It appears kind of disingenuous that Instagram/Facebook back peddled on this after the huge uproar in the media about this issue claiming that it was all a misunderstanding and that the instructions were a "little confusing" and that they were sorry about it. Well, when you're talking about HUGE bucks involved in this arrangement, I'm sure they didn't go to legal to write up the ToS. They and their lawyers knew exactly what they were doing and IMO purposely made it vague. Makes one want to be cautious in dealing with someone who wants to do business like that.
  8. Razeus thread starter macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    I used it for my street photography (now deleted). I was going to use it as a place for high school seniors to look at "senior" photos for the upcoming season (I'm starting a side business for the first time), because I thought it's a cool place where kids hang out online. But I don't want my photos in ads without permission.

    Even Instagram's response doesn't clear things up - it's obvious they want the photos to be used in ads. If it's just my profile pic, that's one thing. But actual photos, that they make money off of and I don't, is another.
  9. PeterQVenkman macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2005
    The back pedaling seems disingenuous. Just because the way they acted I'll delete my account. The heck with it. I barely used it anyway.
  10. Razeus thread starter macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    Given FB's history, photos and privacy, I'm surprised Instagram tried to do this. It's not like they didn't have lawyers that wouldn't have warned them of the backlash.
  11. MacCruiskeen macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2011
    It's not the lawyers' job to worry about that. Why should they care? FB paid $1 billion for Instagram, and now they need to turn it into a revenue stream somehow. This would seem to be an obvious move on their part. As it is, I don't post my photos to FB.
  12. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    This is interesting not because it was brought up but because some time ago, let's say 4-5 years ago or sooner I looked over what people were building up with one of the big three (3) storage photo sites. I noticed that in the fine print they had a very similar thing posted and yet everyone was more than ok with the terms. I never did get into one of them because of this and at any time they could change terms at the drop of a hat leaving people to scramble.

    There is always something in the fine print sooner or later where free or nearly free becomes non-existant and people loose what has helped to build up said offerings…I think Apple set this standard as did a few other companies back about ten (10) years ago, maybe more.
  13. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    I'm not sure why people are so surprised. If you aren't paying for the service, then you are not the customer - you are product.

    I've never used Instagram, or Flickr for that matter. I am a professional photographer. My images have value, and I figured it was only a matter of time before a free service tried to profit from the value of the images.


    Keep in mind that Instagram can't use images of recognizable people commercially. The person depicted still has to giver their consent to have their likeness used commercially. In a case like this Instagram would be negligent if they simply relied on the photographer's word that the model has consented to have their likeness commercially used. imho only, of course.
  14. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    This could be a cause for a huge headache. I don't religiously use Instagram, but I have an account and the app on my phone. I can't tell you how many times I have seen people posting images of stuff that aren't their own.

    The app is too hipster for me. Nowadays I simply just browse my newsfeed. But there is only so many baby and dog pictures you can take.
  15. Macshroomer, Dec 20, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2012

    Macshroomer macrumors 65816


    Dec 6, 2009
    I'm a pro too and I also never used it, not my target market since I work with high end galleries. But several of my friends who are pretty famous for their journalism work used it.

    What is surprising is just how badly they effed up here. All they had to do is make an option to either accept the new TOS under the free guise or charge an annual fee for "premium" users who wanted to keep full control of their work. I think they would have lost far fewer people, avoided a lot of this mess and made some money to boot...

    But instead, they did not seize the real opportunity they had in hand because they are part of a much bigger problem of the digital age and the web age destroying nearly everything in it's path with sheer hubris. Instead, they pulled a bait and switch and will now pay dearly for it.

    I think no matter how much they backpedal, at this point, they have lost many users permanently on principal alone...
  16. 100Teraflops macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    Elyria, Ohio
    Well said! I upload pix to FB for my family, but I am hesitant to incorporate it into my small business. Plus I am not very popular on FB anyways. :p
  17. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2009
    Wichita, KS
    Generally speaking, I get your point, and I agree, but Flickr's business model is to give you a limited free service in hopes that you will sign up for their paid extras. So if you're using the free service you aren't a customer, but rather you're a potential customer.
  18. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Yes, but we are talking about Instagram. And, tbh, I have no idea if Instagram has the model. But it would explain why Flickr is not facing this backlash, and Instagram is.
  19. rjmCreative macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2013
    I like using Instagram so I can share images with friends and relatives. For any type of professional work I am showing off I just make sure I link my portfolio site on social networks. I also use Flickr as an online gallery.

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