Instagram’ers, you’ve got mail

Fellow Instagram’ers, have you received an email from Instagram? Check your inbox as Instagram has been busy sending out email to its users since Tuesday – a reminder about its Terms of Service and Privacy Policy – now updated based on the feedback received from the community, which takes effect this Saturday 19 January 2013, instead of the original schedule which is today.

Its December announcement of changes in its policies sparked an uproar among many Instagram’ers and communities, flooding Twitter with frustrations and disappointments, and of deleting accounts and moving on to other photo-sharing service, specifically due to that vague line about Instagram selling photos to advertisers, without compensating or having to ask the owners’ consent. Though Instagram’s co-founder Kevin Systrom was quick to counter the misinterpretation, clarifying some of the confusing statements and committing to change the language, sadly, its declining daily active users last month based on AppStats could only mean damage somehow has been done.

Here’s the complete Instagram Update email message with links:

Hello,

Our community has grown by many millions of people since we wrote our original Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. As we announced in December, we have updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. These policies also now take into account the feedback we received from the Instagram Community. We’re emailing you to remind you that, as we announced last month, these updated policies will be in effect as of January 19th, 2013.

You can read our blog post that highlights some of the key updates. And remember, these updates don’t change the fact that you own your photos that you post on Instagram, and our privacy controls work just as they did before.

Thank you,
The Instagram Team

Whether this update convinces users to make a comeback or quit Instagram altogether, we’ll just have to wait and see. As for IGersManila, we’ll continue keeping up with the good vibes!

Carl C. Lozano (aka Daddy C or CCLozano) is an Operations Management and Customer Service Professional, currently the General Manager of HSNI and Founder of IGersManila Philippines, one of the pioneering communities in Instagram, open to Filipino Instagram'ers (IGers) and phoneographers around the world, with its longest running photo challenge - the #IGersManila #9pmhabit - becoming the daily visual storytelling habit that continues to yield positive interaction online and offline. Keep the good vibes rolling! #KTGVR

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