I have a conundrum. I use you to experiment with taking photos and document things, in pictures. I love how I’ve been able to follow creatives who don’t use Twitter like Megan Hess, Megan Morton and Maryann Talia Pau. I love seeing the lives of others, in pictures, where the “thousand words in one picture” exceed or surpass Twitter’s 140 characters.
There’s a quote in a Jon Bon Jovi song that goes, “I wish that I was a camera sometimes/ so I could take your picture with my mind/ put in a frame for all to see / how beautiful you really are to me.”
Instagram, with your filters and sharing features, you helped do that for me. I saw how beautiful the world was with its graffitti, wrought iron gates and joyous brunches – through the eyes of others.
It goes against the spirit with which I’ve been sharing. I can’t understand why you don’t simply use the data at your disposal to connect brands with influential IG-ers. Credit your community.
I probably won’t delete my account but I will be removing my photos. Not really because I don’t want you to publish my pics, more because I didn’t get formal sign-off from those I photographed (although as best I can, I get verbal) for their image to be used for commercial purposes.
I hope you listen to your community and update that legal speak.
In the meantime, I’m going to need somewhere to save all of my random instagram photos, I’ll start with a varied selection here:
All photos from my personal Instagram account.
20/12/12 UPDATE: Instagram have published a response to outcries like this one from it’s community, everything might be ok afterall, check it out: Thank you, and we’re listening
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