When Facebook shelled out over $1 billion for Instagram back in April of 2012 many were left wondering what would happen. Well, the answer just came in an announcement that Instagram’s privacy terms are set to change in a big way come Jan 16th, 2013. Apparently, the popular photo sharing site is going to start making a huge push for onsite sponsorship. That’s not so bad, right? Facebook does that and so do many other media sites, so what’s the big deal?
The big deal is that Instagram is going to start allowing advertisers to use your pictures, usernames and content. It is going to stipulate in its terms and conditions that as an account holder you give them the right to allow businesses to display your images. This is, of course, likely designed to cash in on famous people who use the site more than Joe normal, but still. Oh, and also apparently in the new proposed terms Instagram does not need to warn you that you are seeing ads either.
So essentially what was the effect of Facebook buying the site? They ruined it with commercialism, which is really going to piss off the hipster crowd who love Instagram so much.