Instagram has backpedaled on changes to its terms of service that appeared to let the maker of the photo-sharing app sell users' images, with founder and CEO Kevin Systrom announcing today that the terms will revert to the version in place since the service launched in 2010.
Facebook-owned Instagram ignited a storm of protest with the announcement earlier this week that it was claiming perpetual rights to sell users' photographs without notifying or compensating the photographer. Under that new policy, Facebook claimed the right to license all public Instagram photos to companies or any other organization, including for advertising purposes, … Read more
A new revamp of Facebook Messages is pointing the way to let people buy access to your inbox on the social network.
In a "small experiment" starting today, Facebook said it'll be evaluating the "usefulness of economic signals" to determine what messages, from those with whom they have no connection, might be relevant to a given user.
"This test will give a small number of people the option to pay to have a message routed to the Inbox rather than the Other folder of a recipient that they are not connected with," Facebook … Read more
There's been much talk this year about the future of search in social networks. Facebook processes more than a billion queries a day with a notoriously underpowered search engine. "We aren't even trying," Mark Zuckerberg has said. Not yet, anyway.
Today we're getting a good idea of what "trying" looks like. Path, the social-networking startup that brands itself as "the smart journal," is rolling out an update today that brings some innovative search features to its apps for smartphones and tablets.
Path consists of a series of saved moments -- photos, … Read more
Facebook has started dribbling out the latest changes to its ever-changing privacy controls.
New privacy notifications and menus are now greeting members as they log in to the social network, according to The Next Web. Facebook users in New Zealand seem to be the first on the list to have received these updates.
Based on screenshots published by TNW, members receive a new message alerting them to the changes and explaining how they can block specific users.
A privacy shortcut menu is now part of the main toolbar at the top of your Facebook page. Previously, you'd have to … Read more
Now that was a year Mark Zuckerberg will never forget -- even if he didn't celebrate each moment on Facebook, as he wants the rest of the world to do. Sure, he turned 28 and married longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, in a backyard ceremony at the couple's home in Palo Alto, Calif. But that's the stuff of ordinary men. Make no mistake: 2012 will go down as the year in which Zuckerberg came out from under his hoodie and tried to prove himself as leader of one of the titans of consumer tech.
Is he succeeding? So … Read more
Facebook watchers -- particularly those of the Wall Street variety -- are eager for Facebook to launch a third-party ad network that will eventually take on Google's AdMob for mobile and Google's AdSense for the Web in general.
The idea, talked about for a while, is that Facebook will mix the data it receives from Web sites plugged into the social network -- think every time you "share" or "like" something -- with data it has from within Facebook to serve up ads across the Web.
Facebook executives haven't spoken much about this, … Read more
After two days of increasingly loud arguments, the flap over Instagram's new terms of service has started to quiet down. Amid widespread concern the Facebook-owned company was about to start selling user photos to advertisers, the company yesterday said it "has no intention" of doing so, and would change its terms of service to reflect that intention.
At this point we should probably turn our attention to more pressing worldly concerns, of which there are plenty. And yet the fracas has revealed something ugly in the way that many in the tech press blame average people for … Read more
The last thing you need as an entrepreneur is for your company to be engulfed in a public controversy. Just ask Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Path, Airbnb, Geeklist, and the countless other companies, big and small, that have been the target of press backlash and user vitriol.
It doesn't matter how careful you are: the more successful you become, the more likely it is that you'll make a mistake that ignites the blogosphere. There are ways to minimize the fallout and, more importantly, ways to prevent a large-scale user revolt in the first place.