Today Pheed announced that it was removing access to new users on their rapidly growing social network via Apple’s App store and the web. Pheed is one of a few photography based mobile applications generating lots of interest due to the recent terms of service announcement by Instagram.
On December 17th, the mobile application Instagram announced updated Terms of Service. Instagram, the popular photography App, was acquired by Facebook back in April of 2012 for one billion dollars (insert visual of Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movies here). Ever since then, many Instagram users have been wondering how long it would take Facebook to lobotomize their new toy. Nine months later, Instagram attempted a radical change in policy.
“To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your user name, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you,” Instagram mentioned in it’s updated terms of service two weeks ago.
Social shutterflies started downloading applications like Flickr, Streamzoo, and EyeEm. All applications that operate similar to Instagram, for the most part. The most popular discovery in the last couple of weeks, however, has been Pheed. A social app similar to Instagram, but with a touch of Twitter, Tumblr, SoundCloud, and Facebook added to it. It is far more complex than Instagram, yet relatively easy to operate. The momentum it is generating is incredible. Last week the seven week old application gained the most new users in the United States out of all mobile applications. It was growing so big and so fast that Forbes called it “the new Twitter.” Then something strange happened.
As Pheed users were enjoying their proud new network, administrators boarded up the front door to new users and posted notice to existing Pheeders. The post basically stated that the network was growing exceptionally fast and that they wanted to stop the rapid growth for a little while to get to know the behavior of the core users already registered. “We want to do it the right way for you.” It said. The comments following were mostly filled with high-praise, but of course rumors of adult content intervening with specific channel ratings came into play as well.
With rapid growth on their side right now, it would be in their best interest to figure out and correct the issues fast. The connected world waits for nobody.
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