Mr. Systrom acknowledged that Instagram users might have misinterpreted the company’s updated terms as saying it would sell their photos without providing compensation picuki. He then went on to blame the antiquated language of legal documents for users’ misunderstanding stating that “the language we proposed also raised question about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement. We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question.” With these new developments, the question still remains, will Instagram users maintain their accounts after the January 16 deadline or has the damage already been done?
Instagram, an online photo-sharing and social networking service, was created and launched by Kevin Systrom and Cheyenne Foster in October 2010. The Instagram app, available for the iPhone and Android devices only, allows its users to take a picture, apply a digital filter to it, and share it on a variety of social networking services. It quickly became the most popular way to share photos from mobile phones and was named Apple’s App of the Year in 2011.
Initially Instagram was created to generate income via ads, however attempts to monetize a free service like Facebook and Twitter are always tricky to maneuver. In April 2012, Social Media giant Facebook made an offer to purchase Instagram (with its 13 employees) for approximately $1 billion in cash and stock. Since this acquisition there have been several changes made to Instagram in an effort to generate more ad sales from the free service.
Instagram as a social network allows you to provide photo updates instead of real-time text updates. The more reach Instagram has, the more appealing and relevant it will seem to brands as a place in which to interact directly with their target audiences. Brands are always seeking ways in which to connect social media and mobile, however Instagram seems to be heading in another direction with its recent roll out of Web profile pages for users that shows all of a user’s photos. Users are able to log-in to their accounts from the site but cannot upload or search for photos. Which leaves the photo-sharing and uploading aspect of the service still very much mobile.