f you use the popular photo-sharing app Instagram, you're in for some changes come the new year. Since Facebook acquired the app in September this year, it's almost surprising that it's taken this long, but starting on January 13, 2013, all data on Instagram will be shared with Facebook.
What's ticking Instagram users off, though, is that there's no opt-out feature for it—since plenty of Instagrammers haven't linked their Facebook accounts or don't even use Facebook, this brings some questions. First, what happens for users who don't want their photos ALL shared with Facebook? What happens to users who don't even have a Facebook account?
Instagram data will be shared to Facebook starting January 13, 2013.
So sharing more information with Facebook is to prevent spam? Um, how? Right now, you can report users for spam on Instagram with the touch of a single button—why does Facebook need to collect our email addresses and other contact information that we signed up for Instagram with, plus (obviously) all of our photos?
Since both services are free to use, it seems silly complaining about the new rules, but since many people on one platform don't use the other or don't want to share with the other, it's a little confusing.
We'll report back when the new guidelines are in place.