Frankly, I’m not sure why this is surprising to anyone
I do, however, deserve a bit of ridicule for my last statement in the article (more on that later):
I will probably cancel my Instagram account since I do not agree to those terms. I will instead use Flickr Pro. The new app is really good and I can pay for an ad-free experience.
Matt Gemmell aptly summed it today:
<decides to sell its customers and their data to advertisers>
<complain about it on _Twitter_>
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To recap, the new terms from Instagram are the exact same as those used by Twitter, Google, and Facebook. Perhaps the hangup with the Instagram news was their directness (emphasis mine):
you agree that a business or other entity may pay us
I spoke heatedly and without proper consideration of the other services I use when mentioning the possibility of quitting Instagram in favor of Flickr Pro. I do believe Flickr is nice and I love the ad-free environment that is offered. Those are great reasons to quit Instagram. However, by using “I do not agree to those terms” as a reason to quit, I opened myself up to deserved criticism.
After a day of reflection, I realize I am no more likely to quit Instagram than I am Twitter. So while I was clear that such policies are not surprising, I wasn’t clear how I approached them. My apologies.
The main point stands: When you pay for something, that something is the product. When you don’t pay for something, you are the product.
The question is, are you willing to be the product?