NEW YORK — Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service that Facebook bought this year, is the target of a storm of outrage on Twitter and other sites after a change in its user agreement hinted that it might use shared photos in ads.
It’s not clear that anything substantive has changed in Instagram’s new terms of service, which were posted Monday and go into effect Jan. 16. As is the case before, the service reserves the right to use shared photos in any matter it likes, though the photographers keep “ownership” of the photos.
The updated terms of service say users agree that their photos could be used “in connection with paid or sponsored content.” The current terms say the service can place ads “on, about or in conjunction with your Content.”
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The outrage has prompted many to look for alternatives. Here are a few we like:
Camera+ : While this app will cost you 99 cents, it’s without a doubt the BEST iOS camera app out there. The app contains filters and other features that are guaranteed to make your photos look incredible.
Flickr : this will probably the most popular option for those looking to leave Instagram. Flickr recently published an update to its application that includes 15 photo filters and other great features – not to mention a robust web presence and huge community.
Tadaa : The app features filters and frames, but lacks the social aspect from Instagram. However, it’s still a good option.
Camera Awesome : this app is already popular because it boasts native iPad support. It also features filters similar to Instagram.
Streamzoo : available on both Android and iPhone, the app has multiple filters, borders and other presets for photos.
Twitter : Twitter recently added a limited set of filters to its photo options on mobile. However, additional filters and photo options are likely if people are looking for an alternative to Instagram.
Facebook Inc. bought Instagram in September. The cash-and-stock deal was worth $1 billion when it was announced in April, though that fell to about $740 million by the time it was completed because of Facebook’s falling stock price.
The updated terms suggests that Facebook wants to integrate Instagram into its ad-serving system, which can, for instance, promote an item by telling users that their friends “Like” it. The new terms make it clearer that Instagram could use your photos to market to your friends.
Twitter users were vowing to cancel their Instagram accounts in response to the policy change, complaining that the new terms would essentially let the service sell people’s photos for ads.
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