ex·o·dus a going out; a departure or emigration, usually of a large number of people: the summer exodus to the country and shore. (Source: Dictionary.com)
Have you seen the news about Instagram and the changes which take effect from January 16th? In the revised Terms of Service it states, among other things, that "you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos... and or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you." I certainly don't think that my own photos (mostly snapshots of knitting, clouds and kids) are at much risk of being used as stock photos for someone else, but if they were to sell them for use, under the new terms they wouldn't even have to tell me! The information on my photos (metadata is covered by this clause) could certainly be used by parent company Facebook (which acquired Instagram for £629,000,000 despite it never making a profit) to target advertising at myself and my friends. I am not happy. I do not consent to this.
Unless the terms are revised in the next couple of weeks it'll be a case of deleting my Instagram account and the 900 or so photos I have there to date, which is a huge shame as I have some really lovely contacts there, people I now consider to be friends, and I've really enjoyed being a part of the knitting, crafting IG community. It's also likely that various photos from old blog posts will disappear as some are from Instagram, but I am not sure which. Knitalong photos posted by numerous users could also be lost. It's such a pity, not to mention a massive inconvenience.
I would have happily paid a "Pro" upgrade or small monthly subscription to keep Instagram as it was - it's a shame Facebook didn't offer this as an option when they bought the company. As it is, I foresee that many of us will simply leave.
So what's the alternative? Flickr have recently launched a new iPhone app and so, like numerous friends, I'm starting with that. I have an account which I used with Blogsy until the latter was integrated with Instagram so it's set up and ready to go, although there isn't much there at the moment. If you use Flickr, then my profile is here if you'd like to connect.
I'm really interested to know what you think about this and if you currently use IG, whether this will result in you deleting your account...?
EDIT: Shortly after publishing this post, a message was published by Instagram - you can read it here.