Remember in April right before Facebook went public, Zuckerberg snapped up Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock in what some called a “knee-jerk” reaction? Analysts couldn’t be sure what the exact reasoning was behind Zuckerberg’s reasoning and why he attached such a high price tag to the photo sharing app. Was it a defensive move? Was it a power move? Was it a financial move to drive interest in Facebook stock? Many reasons abound, but today users received some clarity on the debate much to their dismay.
It appears that come January, Instagram will have the right to sell your photos including for “advertising purposes”, which would effectively transform the app into the largest stock photo agency in the world. Wow – let your brain process that for moment. The real kicker? You can only opt out of this feature by DELETING your Instagram account before January 16th, 2013.
Luckily for us, Instagram isn’t the only photo-sharing app out there so there will surely be plenty of defectors to competitors within the next 30 days.
Don’t worry – the techies here at BuyBackWorld have you covered. Need to know how to back up all of your Instagram pictures before you delete your account? In order for the program to work, you must have access to a Windows based computer and you can only download pictures from profiles that are public.
The rest is easy – simply download the Free Instagram Downloader program – this allows you to search by username and download the pictures from any public username.
So what’s the verdict?
Deleting your Instagram account? Switching to Flickr? Hoping the public outcry will change Facebook’s plan so you can keep your account? Waiting it out? Let us know!