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Instagrams New Policy…

…And what it means to you.

There’s a fair bit of scaremongering going around the internet that Instagram are changing their policy, so that they can sell your images, I would just like to point out that, despite some of those reports are coming from highly reputable websites, they’re… shall we say, not right.

Shall we break it down and see just what Instagram is really going to with your photos?

Instagram does not claim ownership of any Content that you post on or through the Service. Instead, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service, except that you can control who can view certain of your Content and activities on the Service as described in the Service’s Privacy Policy, available here: http://instagram.com/legal/privacy/.

That is telling you that they do not own ANY of the images that you upload to the service. You give them permission to display it on the internet or via their mobile app, but they are claiming no ownership of ANYTHING you upload. OK? Next and most important point…

Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you. If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata)) on your behalf.

Remember when Facebook changed their policy in which you allowed them to access your photo albums in order for the images to be used in sponsored adverts? Well, that is what Instagram want to do as from January 16th, 2013. The only difference with Instagram is that there appears to be no way of opting out unless you take the drastic action of deleting your account.

One of the issues I think will certainly have to be addressed is even children under the age of 18 aren’t exempt from the new advertising policy and they naturally assume that parents have given permission for their child’s images to be used. From what Instagram are saying is that they have no control over which advertiser uses what images, so you never know (or will they disclose) where or what your precious little 13 year old daughter will be featured in.

They’re not SELLING anything except ad space to whoever wants to pay, the difference is, your pictures can and will be used in the promotions, but you won’t be paid anything for their use. Is that clear enough? People rushed in with ‘OMG THEY’RE SELLING OUR PICS TO ADVERTISERS’, it’s an initial knee-jerk reaction prompted from someone spreading false information around social networks and websites. Are they really selling your information or just the rights to use it and is that the same thing?

The option of whether you delete your Instagram account is entirely up to you and nobody will blame you for doing so, it’s clear that this policy update has upset the balance of the universe, but unless they provide an opt out option, the number of users is going to drop very drastically.

Want in On the Heroes of Neverwinter Beta?

Well, I was hoping to bring you information about a beta key giveaway since Heroes of Neverwinter was in closed beta.. wait, what?

Yes, was in closed beta, but it appears that the contact I was getting the keys from has informed me that it will be going into open beta as from tomorrow and therefore, any competitions offering keys are now defunct.

If you already have a closed beta key, it should still work, but if you were waiting to play the Heroes of Neverwinter beta, just wait until tomorrow (September 15th) where you’ll just need to go to apps.facebook.com/neverwinterheroes to play!

#E3: The Sims Go Social on Facebook

SimsSocialBefore I paste the info about this, I’d just like to say it’s rather hypocritical that EA closed The Sims Online/EA Land and tell us nobody wanted it, then not long after, tell us that Sims gamers are social and want a community, pissed a lot of people off.. anyway.

Play with friends, play with life, play with The Sims on Facebook! The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts announced The Sims Social, a groundbreaking new game that brings one of the world’s most popular gaming franchises to Facebook, the world’s largest social network.

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Upload to YouTube with Yoostar 2

Do you play Yoostar 2 and want to show off your skills to the world? Now you can thanks to the new ability to do so instead of just being tied to the Facebook game, Yoostar Playground which is also having new stuff added in the next couple of weeks.

“Integrating YouTube into the Yoostar community provides unparalleled reach for users to share their performances with the world.  By bringing together the three formerly separate worlds of console gaming, social networking and social video sharing we’ve taken a big step toward realising our vision:  to create the world’s first social video gaming network,” said Stephanie Morgan, Vice President of Social Gaming at Yoostar Entertainment Group.

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Become The God of Facebook

Dave Castlenuovo & Allen Dye from Creative Bolt
Image via Wikipedia

Pocket God has been available for the iPhone and iPod Touch for quite some time, now Frima Studio are bringing the Bolt Creative title to Facebook.

“There were very few partners who could truly understand the essence of what Pocket God has become to its legion of devoted fans,”

said Dave Castelnuovo, CEO of Bolt Creative.

“Frima knew exactly what needed to be done in order to take Pocket God from being an application for millions of individuals, to a shared experience for hundreds of millions more.”

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Blitz The Future On Facebook

Cover of "Back to the Future - The Comple...
Cover via Amazon

The full proper videogame is due for release soon, but Telltale Games would like to give gamers a taste of the action by playing Back to the Future: Blitz Through Time on Facebook.

“By aligning a social gaming component with our upcoming launch of Back to the Future: The Game on various platforms, we will utilize the drawing power of social media to maximize the effectiveness of all our efforts with the franchise,”

said Steve Allison, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Telltale Games.

“This extension to our product launches is a decisive step in our growth strategy to establish closer connections to our consumers. Social gaming is also a great medium for breaking through competitive noise and the confusion of media fragmentation so that we can communicate directly with a focused, pre-qualified consumer.”

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