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Facebook Gets An Instagram Kicking


lemmy 7 2.0k United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 3:10PM
It seems Instagram has lost half its users since its attempt to hijack user's content. Figures show 16.35 million active users on the day before the announcement, 8.42 million now.

Among their sins was saying that content supplied by under 18 year olds would be deemed to have had parental consent to use of their material unpaid and unasked in ads.

Facebook's market launch was a disaster, a quick way to lose investor money, now this. He may have come up with the idea for Facebook but he seems a disaster as a businessman.

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User_Removed 4 4.6k 1 Scotland
12 Jan 2013 3:38PM

Quote:It He may have come up with the idea for Facebook but he seems a disaster as a businessman.



....an extremely wealthy businessman, nevertheless!

The rumour mill seems to be suggesting that the Instagram debacle was a calculated risk to try to assess the impact such a policy might have if it were implemented on the main Facebook service.
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
12 Jan 2013 3:46PM
That would make sense...
arhb e2
7 2.4k 68 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 5:57PM

Quote:It He may have come up with the idea for Facebook but he seems a disaster as a businessman.


....an extremely wealthy businessman, nevertheless!

The rumour mill seems to be suggesting that the Instagram debacle was a calculated risk to try to assess the impact such a policy might have if it were implemented on the main Facebook service.



That sounds like the ulterior motive to me also.
I think in time, that the facebook bubble will burst when something new emerges,
and those at 'facebook towers' are already thinking of ways to make as much as they can, as quickly as they can, before the cracks start to appear..
lemmy 7 2.0k United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 6:01PM

Quote:and those at 'facebook towers' are already thinking of ways to make as much as they can, as quickly as they can, before the cracks start to appear


One of them cashed in shares worth 120m this week. I don't care though, money won't make him happy. It won't, will it? Someone tell me it won't Sad
arhb e2
7 2.4k 68 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 6:14PM
I hope he/she shares it, in the same way that facebook is so keen to get everyone sharing whatever,
or maybe he/she cashed in because he/she's had it with sharing Smile
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
12 Jan 2013 6:37PM
(No Lemmy! Wink )
lemmy 7 2.0k United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 7:32PM
Thank you, Mike. I shall sleep tonight now Smile
User_Removed 4 4.6k 1 Scotland
12 Jan 2013 7:39PM

Quote:and those at 'facebook towers' are already thinking of ways to make as much as they can, as quickly as they can, before the cracks start to appear

One of them cashed in shares worth 120m this week. I don't care though, money won't make him happy. It won't, will it? Someone tell me it won't Sad



As someone once said, "Money won't necessarily make you happy, but you are better being unhappy in a Ferrari in Monte Carlo than in a Hillman Imp in Hull.
dwilkin 8 24.2k United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 8:35PM
I'd like the opportunity to run the experiment for myself, please...Tongue
User_Removed 4 4.6k 1 Scotland
18 Jan 2013 7:15PM
Oddly enough, one of the co-founders of Instagram was at my son's housewarming party in San Francisco last weekend and was extremely upbeat about the prospects.

Here is their latest update:

Privacy and Terms of Service Changes on Instagram

Our community has grown a lot since we wrote our original terms of service. To get things up to date for the millions of people now using Instagram, we’re bringing you new versions of our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Here are a few key updates:

Nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them.
Our updated privacy policy helps Instagram function more easily as part of Facebook by being able to share info between the two groups. This means we can do things like fight spam more effectively, detect system and reliability problems more quickly, and build better features for everyone by understanding how Instagram is used.
Our updated terms of service help protect you, and prevent spam and abuse as we grow.

This is just a small preview. Our new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service will be effective on January 16, 2013.

We know these documents are a little dry, but they’re very important. Please take a moment to read through them so you keep feeling comfortable sharing your beautiful photos on Instagram.

Update: Updated Terms of Service Based on Your Feedback
arhb e2
7 2.4k 68 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 7:33PM
If you believe that, you'll believe that the Facebook Graph Search works - the big advertizers did.
lemmy 7 2.0k United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 9:12PM

Quote: Please take a moment to read through them so you keep feeling comfortable sharing your beautiful photos on Instagram


My son, a lawyer, read the new conditions....he felt no-one should feel comfortable. Instagram lost half its users as a direct result of the new conditions. Are they all ignorant? One of the most notable things about these massive new companies like Google and Facebook is that they see ordinary people as simply fodder to their greed and ambition.

Anyone who who is interested in history should compare them to the East India Company. As the French say, la plus ca change, la plus c'est le meme chose.

Still, they have told users that their photos are beautiful (oh wow! All of them? Thanks you so much!), the equivalent of tickling a cat under the chin or patting a dog, so that's all right then. How could anyone mistrust someone so kind and complimentary, even if they are a multi billion dollar enterprise that makes Tecco look like a charity.

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