Yesterday Instagram revealed that as of January 16th, it will have the perpetual right to sell users’ photographs without payment or notification.
This disturbs me.
I’ve been a fan of Instagram for a long time, though not a prolific user. I admire their journey, how they built this incredibly popular tool and network with just a handful of staff.
The day they sold to Facebook, I had mixed feelings. On one hand, the founders got their big payday, the pay-off for all the hard work they put in. Can’t blame them. On the other hand, I had a sense of dread that Facebook were about to royally fuck it up.
Guess what? I think that just happened.