Thursday, December 20, 2012

Most followed Instagrammer Kim Kardashian to leave over ToS changes

Just with services like Twitter and even parent company Facebook, photo sharing site Instagram depends on user submissions, but also on people "following" (or friending) each other. What then, will happen to the service if its most followed user, Kim Kardashian, dumps the app?

The most famous of the Kardashian clan, Kim has 5.7 million followers. On Tuesday, one day after Instagram unveiled its new Terms of Service, she voiced her concerns over the service on Twitter (ironic, since Facebook has owned the photo sharing service since April of this year).

She tweeted:
I really loved Instagram :-( I need to review this new policy. I don't think its fair.
The past tense in that statement isn't good -- loved vs. love. The first tweet in response, was ironically from another celebrity, Demi Lovato, who tweeted:
@KimKardashian I know right :-( are you gonna delete your Instagram kimmy
So far, the question isn't being asked by only celebrities. It's being asked by friends in offices, colleges, high schools, and more: Are you going to delete your instagram account?

The new Instagram ToS made it sound as though the service would have the right to sell users' photos. The company then came back -- quickly -- and said that was not the case, but it is certainly true that Instagram, like many other such services, has a license to your content.

It doesn't mean that Instagram owns your content, but it does own a license to use it as it will.

The changes will go into effect on Jan. 16. What would Kim Kardashian leaving the service mean? The biggest change would be that second place, Justin Bieber, would be in first place.

That's what would happen if one huge celebrity leaves the service. If the general public follows suit, then Instagram, once a super high-flying company, would sink. Think of it as a MySpace moment.

You can view a series of Kardashian Instagram photos here.

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