Instagram, the photo-sharing website recently acquired by Facebook, has lost almost 25% of its daily users as of Dec. 28, 2012. Data available on AppData.com indicates that around 4 million daily users have disappeared between Dec. 18, 2012, and Dec. 28, 2012.
2. You could star in an advertisement — without your knowledge.
A section of the new terms of service, titled “Rights,” notes that Instagram will also be able to use your photographs and identity in advertisements. “You agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, 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,” the new terms say. This means that photographs uploaded to Instagram could end up in an advertisement on the service or on Facebook. In addition, someone who doesn’t use Instagram could end up in an advertisement if they have their photograph snapped and shared on the service by a friend. Facebook already runs ads that make use of people’s activity on its site.
“The concerns we heard about from you the most focused on advertising, and what our changes might mean for you and your photos. There was confusion and real concern about what our possible advertising products could look like and how they would work.
Because of the feedback we have heard from you, we are reverting this advertising section to the original version that has been in effect since we launched the service in October 2010. You can see the updated terms here.”
Although it is quite obvious that people were spooked by this announcement, ABC Go Local reports that Instagram has an issue with the figures from AppData.
“Facebook, which owns Instagram, disputes the report, saying the data isn’t accurate. It says the number of Instagram users is actually up this year.”
Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg had some explaining to do with his sister over the holidays when she posted a photo to Facebook and was surprised by Facebook’s new privacy policies. You can read about that on Venture Beat. You may have received notices when you log on that there are some new policies in effect. Some of the changes involve your inability to set in advance who may or may not contact you privately.
Frankly, to keep up with Facebook’s privacy policies would require a full-time effort. They change constantly, and now that they are in control of Instragram, the same can be expected. The best thing to keep in mind, even for Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, is that you shouldn’t post anything online that you would not want everyone to see. That is just the way it is.
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