iToto's Blog

A Montreal based full-stack web developer who loves learning and trying out new things. This blog is my attempt to document my work as well as a place to discuss ideas or topics that I find interesting. Feel free to follow me on linked social networks.

My problem with social media

So today we all heard the news buzzing around Instagram and how their new terms and conditions supposedly places them in a position where they can sell their users' photos.

"A business or other entity may pay" Instagram to display users' photos and other details "in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you."

Regardless of whether or not this is true, this is a reality that we have to expect these days.  Social websites – like Facebook – own all their users' media/information; and most user's aren't even aware of this. When Facebook first announced that it would own all material that it's users upload to them - it really bothered me. Why would I want to give my private content away to some company, who then can do what ever they want with it. The idea of strangers owning my private information and doing what ever they want with is quite bothersome to me. However, the ability to upload our media to the "cloud" and then share it with all our friends and family is super convenient. Ultimately, it would be nice to have both (privacy and convenience). Instagram was an app that I thought would have that; I could upload my pictures and share them with my friends. If I decided to remove a picture, or only show that picture to a select few people I could, or so I thought...

To be honest, since Facebook acquired Instagram, I knew that a day like this would come. Some people are now thinking of dropping Instagram, and I can't say I blame them. I decided to leave Facebook when they first introduced their crazy new privacy policy, which was a similar situation. And I'm sure this trend will continue and result in more user's closing their accounts.  

This is what motivated me to create the app that I'm currently working on.

I want to give people an application that they can use where they know that everything  they share is not being sold for profits (or ever will be) and will only be absorbed by the audience that they explicitly allow. And that if they decide to delete something, it will actually be deleted - not archived. This is the kind of app that I would want to use, and I'm sure there are people out there who agree with me – and I think I can see more people coming...