Remember when Facebook’s recent acquisition tried to force regulations upon us that allowed them to steal our images and sell them to advertisers? Yea, they lost that battle after the massive backlash received from the Insta-community. Well, seeing how Mark Zuckerberg’s social media dynasty has slowly integrated ads into its network, we knew it was only a matter of time before the photo-sharing service would do the same…and the time is drawing near. The company announced on its blog that US users would soon see sponsored posts in their feeds from brands and companies they don’t follow. Here an excerpt from their blog posting:
We have big ideas for the future, and part of making them happen is building Instagram into a sustainable business. In the next couple months, you may begin seeing an occasional ad in your Instagram feed if you’re in the United States. Seeing photos and videos from brands you don’t follow will be new, so we’ll start slow. We’ll focus on delivering a small number of beautiful, high-quality photos and videos from a handful of brands that are already great members of the Instagram community.
Our aim is to make any advertisements you see feel as natural to Instagram as the photos and videos many of you already enjoy from your favorite brands.
Umm, yea, F U Instagram. Don’t you agree?