Fargo, ND – On Monday, Instagram, the popular photo app and website, updated its terms of service. This left its large user base unhappy and threatening to stop taking shitty pictures and leaving the app and website all together.
Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. 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 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. If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata)) on your behalf.
You acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.
Basically, Instagram wants to sell your shitty pictures to companies that may want to use them.
This didn’t sit well with it’s users. They took to facebook and twitter, as well as collectively voiced their disdane on every blog they could find. Some actually deleted their accounts. But get this, some actually put down their phone and bathed, ate, and called their significant other to try and savor whatever relationship they had left.
You see, instagramers are always instagramming. There is no time for anything else. One instagrammer stated, “It’s like a drug. Everything I see I feel the NEED to take a picture of it and totally destroy it with instagram. Like yesterday, I took a dump, and totally had to take a picture of it. I turned shit into worse shit. You see?”
Instagram was just testing the waters. They wanted to see how much they could get away with and seemed to have crossed the line a tish too much. Today they came out with a reply:
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. Our main goal is to avoid things likes advertising banners you see in other apps that would hurt the Instagram user experience. Instead, we want to create meaningful ways to help you discover new and interesting accounts and content while building a self-sustaining business at the same time.
Basically they said, “LOL…JUST KIDDING!! HA HA!”
Wait until Instragram finds a better lawyer with a better use of words. This way instagrammers will still be clueless and can continue on taking pictures of banana peels, socks, carpet, and basically everything else.