A lot of conversation is happening right now about the results of Instagram‘s announcement and retraction of it’s planned changes to it’s terms of service. I have to agree with many of the articles that the changes would have been better for consumers than the current policy, so why was there such an uproar?
Terms of Service are usually long and written in legal speak that the general user clicks past thinking “everyone else is using it so it must be fine”. Many new services terms of service start out vague because they aren’t quite sure what they are going to do. As many articles have pointed out, Instagram’s original terms of service includes items about music and video, which now don’t apply.
Here’s my recommendation to you before you start using a service. Decide if your using it to share content publicly, with friends, or for personal private use. If your intent is public, expect that all the content you are posting is visibile to everyone, and that you are providing the site the right to use it. If your intent is to share with friends and family only, make sure the site provides you controls over privacy and application usage. If you are using it for private personal use, do plenty of research on the product before you sign up. In the end if you have concerns of who can see, who can use, or who ends up owning your content, read the terms of service and privacy policies and once you sign up, review the privacy controls and application controls you have access to.
Just got this email from IfThisThenThat….now I’m not happy with the Twitter dev changes
In recent weeks, Twitter announced policy changes* that will affect how applications and users like yourself can interact with Twitter’s data. As a result of these changes, on September 27th we will be removing all Twitter Triggers, disabling your ability to push tweets to places like email, Evernote and Facebook. All Personal and Shared Recipes using a Twitter Trigger will also be removed. Recipes using Twitter Actions and your ability to post new tweets via IFTTT will continue to work just fine.
At IFTTT, first and foremost, we want to empower anyone to create connections between literally anything. We’ve still got a long way to go, and to get there we need to make sure that the types of connections that IFTTT enables are aligned with how the original creators want their tools and services to be used.
We at IFTTT are big Twitter fans and, like yourself, we’ve gotten a lot of value out of the Recipes that use Twitter Triggers. We’re sad to see them go, but remain excited to build features that work within Twitter’s new policy. Thank you for your support and for understanding these upcoming changes. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
*These Twitter policy changes specifically disallow uploading Twitter Content to a “cloud based service” (Section 4Ahttps://dev.twitter.com/terms/api-terms) and include stricter enforcement of the Developer Display Requirements (https://dev.twitter.com/terms/display-requirements).
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