Instagram say – We are NOT going to sell your photos and WE do not own them!

There was a storm caused today on the internet, with people saying they are not going to use instragram anymore over changes to their privacy policy posted on the instagram blog yesterday, that they are going to cancel their accounts.  It was said everywhere that Instagram now own your photos and could sell your images to advertisers, they say this is not true.

People are confused and upset say Instagram

Instagram insist that they are NOT going to use our photos in advertisements and that Instagram does not have any ownership right over your photos either. You own your own instagram photos.  They say that they worded this badly and they are glad that they didn’t intend to make any changes for 30 days so that they can change the wording so that it is clearer in the document.

The language we proposed also raised question about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement. We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question.

Ownership Rights Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos. Nothing about this has changed.

So Instragram have no rights over  your photos and will not sell them to advertisers …. 

Instagram went on to explain that control over who sees your photos also has not changed, if you are private then they will stay that way.

Thank you for your help in making sure that Instagram continues to thrive and be a community that we’re all proud of. Please stay tuned for updates coming soon.

The original post where Instagram announce the changes did say that nothing had changed about your photos ownership or who can see them, but I assume ( I didn’t read the policy only the blog posts, I was not concerned, if they can sell my snaps good luck to them LOL) that the policy is unclear.  People I spoke to said that the policy was a clear as day – and they they are back-tracking – however it does say this on the blog post that announced the Instragram changes yesterday.

  •  Nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them.
  • Our updated privacy policy helps Instagram function more easily as part of Facebook by being able to share info between the two groups. 

So its all been a bit of a drama about nothing has it ?  We will see ……

Hope this helps

Need an honest opinion? Ask Opinionaided.

Do you need an honest opinion on something? Opinionaided is a mobile social networking application designed for asking opinions and advice to a large community in real-time.   Similar to Quora (which came after)  but from what I’ve seen it seems that this one is more used by the younger generation for questions such as –  Do you like my new hairstyle?  or Am I good-looking  –  whereas Quora is more for business type questions I find.  However, you can filter these questions out and just go to a specific topic.

Opinionaided was launched in 2010 by founder Dan Kurani and co-founders Mike Melli and Matt Holloway and already has many users.

Originally for iPhone, ipod, and iPad, but is now available on Android and Online.

The interesting thing about Opinionaided is the phenomenal response rate – the first time I used it I asked a pretty lame question and within seconds I had 10 answers!  What networking site can you say that about?

Its very easy to use there are five buttons at the bottom of the screen which are

  • Home – Where you get two options – Ask for Opinions / Give your opinion
  • Ask – Where you ask you question
  • Vote – Where you can give your opinion and vote for questions.
  • Results – Here you can see the answers to your questions and who you helped with your answers.
  • Me – This is your profile page.

Need an honest opinion – how to ask

Type in your question, add a photo, and select a category, you can choose who to send it too, including any of your friends. You can also choose who not to include using the vote stream filter –  then press Get Opinions!

At the top of this page you have 3 choices – Public – Friends – Contacts – or post to facebook or twitter.

You can check your responses on your question by going to results – here you can give people stars for the best answers or reply directly to them, which would then be in private.

To give an opinion

You can just go right ahead and start voting in Random or you can go to the top right button and select a category.  You press thumbs up or thumbs down and type your opinion.  To pass you can press Neutral.  If you give a good answer you will get stars for your answer.

There are many chances to find friends, on the friends button – it pops up all over the place.  You can find Facebook friends, Twitter friends, scan contacts or Search Opinionaided.

The last button at the bottom is ME.

Here you can see your profile – and see how many votes you’ve given and how many good advice stars you have received, people seem to be very generous giving stars.

You can also do this online, you can sign in using your application account details.

You have to be over 13 to use this application but it is easy to get around this. My son says that there are many kids younger than this on there, asking inappropriate questions or answering them. Although it seems to be monitored, and users can get banned or warned. Also if you put links or anything commercial it will get removed – not sure if that is only if it is flagged.  There is a flag icon at the top of the question page and on user profiles to file reports.

Advice for asking questions given by Opinionaided

  • Ask clean questions seeking honest opinions and advice.
  • Use appropriate pictures that relate to your question.
  • Make sure your question can be answered with a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down.
  • Be real, truthful and honest. Nobody likes a fake.
  • Give other people helpful, polite advice. We’re all in this together!

My son, who is 17 has been using this application for months and must be one of the top users, I think that he is trying to get to be a Top Adviser. However –  I really didn’t like the sound of it, but because of his enthusiasm and because I love to test out applications I had to try it, and I really can see how it can be very addictive, and useful.


Need an honest opinion? Check it out

Hope this helps


Blippar – The QR code killer ?

Blippar – The QR code killerWho or what is Blippar… and is it The QR code killer !?

Blippar is a Uk Company that launched its free image recognition application earlier this year in android and apple stores.  Blippar is a new way to advertise or to get people interested in your brand, it might not be The QR code killer but it is a great way to use marketing and the technology we love at the same time. Blippar call it a little bit of magic in our phones.

Blippar™ is the first universal augmented reality platform aimed at advertisers.


Blippar Marmite

Turn a real world object in front of you into an interactive experience by using your phone, genius!

What it does is similar to the QR code, which I do love – but it is far, far more. The application uses the camera to recognise products. It might be actual bottles and packets or maybe posters, adverts, a building or even your logo on your business card or cup anything in the real word that is blippable you can turn into digital connections, information or interactive entertainment. The list is infact endless!

You hold your phone over the blippable item and you will see some magic appear, whether this be interactive games, interactive adverts or web-links like a video or even a coupon, its seemingly 3D as you can twist a turn the camera and it will appear to stay in the same place as you move around it.

I hadn’t taken much notice of Blippar before now, however, I saw this video by Randy Miller and his enthusiasm about this application really gripped me.

There doesn’t seem to be a vast amount of items that are blippable as yet, but the potential is huge – they already have some big names involved we just need the others to join.  I’m not sure this would be suitable for smaller organisations, as there must be a setup cost, where as of course QR codes are free. Yet, I hope that in time as it gets more and more mainstream it will end up cost effective enough for all to use.  (Not that I have any idea’s on costs).

What is also great is you can share what you like with your friends, on facebook, twitter or email.

To use Blippar is pretty easy too

To use blippar:

  1. Browse the catalogue for blipp-able things or look for a blippar ‘b’ in the real world
  2. Turn on blippar, hold phone up in ‘blipp’ mode (select the middle ‘b’ to start the camera), fill camera screen with the image, product or logo
  3. Blipp (your navigation and the orange button will slide off screen as a blipp is recognised). Note: no photo taking or touching or tapping of the screen required
  4. Just hold, wait, enjoy… and share
  5. Click the camera icon on the screen when experiencing a ‘blipp’ to snap a photo of it and share immediately via facebook, twitter or email
  6. Rate your blipps, leave feedback or suggest other blipps that you might like to see

Tips & tricks:

  • Fill the screen with as much of the target image as you can – as squarely on as possible
  • Hold very still and wait…
  • When blippar has recognised the image, the orange navigation will disappear and your overlaid content will appear
  • If nothing appears, move camera away from the image and then back again
  • Make sure your light is good, but avoid light reflecting off the image as far as possible
  • Once your blipp has appeared on the screen you can ‘track’ it – moving your phone in, out, and at angles to explore the content in more detail. If you lose the blipp, simply refocus as above to pick it back up
  • If you like what you see, share the blipp with your friends – via email, facebook, twitter or good old fashioned word of mouth
  • Blippar resyncs with new content every time you open it. Try to ensure you have access to a strong 3G or wifi connection when opening it after a while to ensure your content is speedy and up to date.
So, I hope that you download this free application and give it a try, it is pretty amazing.  You can see more on Blippar‘s Website.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.  You can see if Blipper is The QR code killer
Please note that the Android version of blippar is still in beta, we would appreciate any bug reports, suggestions or requests to be sent to
Hope this helps


Announced today – Facebook Timeline – The Story of your life

Mark Zuckerberg today at the Developers conference shared with us new changes to Facebook.

He told us about…..


The Story of your life on a single page, summarized by Facebook, so that it feels like home!

This is a summery of all of your stories and all of your apps on your profile, Mark Zuckerberg says its a new way to express who you are.

Timeline starts of with all of the things you have done recently and then what happened last week, last month, last year and so on, showing pictures, music, places, and messages throughout your life on Online.

Time-slot – you can click on a year, and it will go to that year and show the most important stuff that happened.

Meaning of the dot –  Blue dots – important content – Grey dots – less important.

Map – the map shows everywhere you have been in your life and when.

You can highlight important events of your life by clicking on the star beside the story, so that timeline knows that its important to you.

You can control whats on your timeline and who can see it.  Mark says you have complete control.

App’s will help you tell your story on your timeline.

Added apps will show up in your timeline story.

How to add an app to your timeline, one way will be to add it from your friends timeline, by clicking add to timeline.


A new class of apps…

The map of all of the connections in the world, where you can connect to more things.  The next step this year is to connect to anything you want or anyone you want.

Read a Book
Watch a Movie
Eat a Meal
Hike a Trail
Listen to a song


Ticker is the way to express your lightweight activity – that you want to express but don’t necessarily want to bother people with.  Such as app activity which appears to be the main reason.

Facebook becomes MORE social

Sharing music in this way becomes easier, using Spotify –  you can seen what people are listening to, share it, or listen to it with them.  People can see your music on your timeline and listen to it there too.  This is to help you discover more music through your friends.

Being made easier to share is also social games, social news and lifestyle applications.

These are big changes, huge!   They actually make Facebook a completely different place, some of us have seen a very small part of these changes already,  to which most people aren’t impressed, so what will people say now??   Yet as they say “people don’t like changes”.

Mark Zuckerberg said that he wants it to feel like home, but to some it will feel at first like they have been made homeless.

We will see once everyone has all of the changes, it might take sometime to get use to it, as usual some will love it and some will hate it –  but as much as people complain I can’t see anyone leaving Facebook.  I believe you will still be able to use Facebook as you always did but also in different ways.

Its actually pretty amazing what they have done here in the face of Social Media, sharing will take a new level – we might be sad to see the old Facebook go – but why don’t we give this a chance and not slate it before we’ve tried it.

They are still talking about the changes and other news at facebook here –

See more about Timeline and how it will look with a video on Timeline. 


Hope this helps.








The death of Old Twitter is upon us! #saveoldtwitter


It’s almost a year since Twitter announced that it was changing to a newly re-engineered  They said you will be able to use it as a preview for a few weeks. You’ll be able to switch back and forth for a few weeks to get used to how it works.

I love new things, so I eagerly rushed over to New Twitter, only to be bitterly disappointed with what I saw.  So I switched back again, I did try it a few times knowing that the time will come that Twitter will make us change. However I just didn’t like New Twitter so I stuck with what I loved; Old Twitter.

Armegeddon arrives 

Then last night, in the dead of the night, we were informed by @twitter that Old Twitter is being dumped for New Twitter.



We  knew that it was getting closer to judgement day as the message at the top of the screen lately changed to read.

I know many people that have embraced the change over and they love the new interface.  I also know many that are not happy about being made to change to something they don’t like, if its not broke don’t fix it, as they say.

Its not just me, there are hundreds of people complaining on Twitter right now, there is even a campaign to save it #saveoldtwitter

Why don’t we like New Twitter

  • The stream text is much smaller
  • The stream text box is not central.
  • You cannot see older DM’s and they are set out awkwardly.
  • My main usage now requires more clicks than it did with Old Twitter.
  • Essentially for me its just the whole new interface, I don’t like to look at it, its too busy and cluttered with things I don’t need.

I agree it has a lot of new handy features, but I don’t need them – if I want to see a picture or a video I will click on it.  This is one of the reasons I prefer Twitter over other social networks, its clean, simple and easy to use.   Sadly this time is over.

I do like the Related content feature; where you can see additional information related to the tweet or the subject.

Loosing Old Twitter for me as you can tell is not a good thing and I’m not sure if I will grin and bare New Twitter or if I will again start using a different platform such as Seesmic which I use on my Tablet, or Hootsuite which I use at work or Tweetdeck which I have used in the past, or maybe something else.

Things change and we have to get over it, but why should I use something I don’t enjoy, if oldtwitter is really going then I need something else!

 Edit: At the weekend #oldtwitter was gone – since then I’ve used Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, New Twitter and something else that was such rubbish we won’t discuss it.  I’m not finding the change easy let us just say. 

Do you have any suggestions on what platforms are best ?

Also what is it, that you like about New Twitter, or do you just put up with it?  Maybe you can convince me 🙂





Twitter Photo-Sharing Service – Bad for Twitpic!

No doubt you would have heard by now that Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo is announcing the launch of a photo-sharing service this week, we first heard it was a rumour from Techcrunch however since then confirmed that the image sharing service is going to be announced on Wednesday at All Things D’s D9 California Conference.

I hadn’t seen this report myself until I asked Robert Scoble about it yesterday and he told me where it had been confirmed so it must be true, unless All things D are lying.

Ev said earlier today …

So who knows what the truth is, I guess we will find out soon enough.

Twitter clearly wants to overturn these 3rd parties, and has said so previously.  We also saw this with Tweetdeck being bought by Twitter and now Twitpic and Yfrog will be the ones being pushed out or bought?  What does this mean for other rival 3rd party applications?

This comes at a good time; as users are complaining about Twitpic’s  Terms of Service which unmistakably states …

By uploading content to Twitpic you give Twitpic permission to use or distribute your content on or affiliated sites.
You retain all ownership rights to Content uploaded to Twitpic. However, by submitting Content to Twitpic, you hereby grant Twitpic a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the Content in connection with the Service and Twitpic’s (and its successors’ and affiliates’) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels.

Yfrogs terms of service however states that –

The content that you distribute through the ImageShack Network is owned by you, and you give ImageShack permission to display and distribute said content exclusively on the ImageShack Network.

Although people seem to find Yfrog difficult to use and nagivate.

So I’d say it is bad for Twitpic, maybe they got too greedy? However  hopefully Twitter will design a superior, smoother, simplier to navigate service that protects our photographs copyright without being able to share them without our consent.

Twitter launching its own photo sharing service isn’t really that mind blowing for us Twitter users but for 3rd party applications its not good, I wonder what it means for the future?

What about a file sharing service via DM…now –  that could be handy.

Any idea’s?

EDIT – So now we know……..

Photobucket Corporation, the world’s leading dedicated photo and video
sharing service, today announced that Photobucket will power Twitter’s native photo sharing capabilities
– allowing users to easily upload and share photos directly in Tweets.

From –


The image above isn’t mine and it isn’t used for commercial purposes: is it the property of Twentieth Century Fox.

Why you can’t log in to Ubertwitter and Twidroyd

UPDATE: at around 11pm GMT Sunday -from @UBERSOC – Great news! Twitter has approved our changes, and we expect to provide a new version in about an hour.

1.45am – Everyone waits as ubersocial informs us – just a few minutes more! 

2am – @ubersoc – Thanks for your loyalty and patience. 
           Spread the word, You can Download
           #UberSocial (formerly #UberTwitter)
           link –

Many people are waking up and trying to log in to UberTwitter or Twidroyd  today to find messages like “forbidden” and are thinking  they are hacked or something is wrong with their phone.

There is nothing wrong apart from the fact that Twitter suspended these Ubermedia applications for violating policies.

Its said that there are 3 Ubermedia applications suspended today but its not Echofon (which I’ve tested, its fine) as I first thought, its UberCurrent.

One of the reasons they were closed down seems to be regarding a privacy issue about allowing messages longer than 140 character (and changing the content of tweets) that sounds a bit of a worry. Ubermedia have recently acquired Tweetdeck that uses to allow longer tweets, so I wonder if this will be banned now too?  It does kinda defeat the object of Twitter.

Bill Gross Founder and CEO of UberMedia explains reasons here

UberTwitter has resubmitted its apps and it return under the name of UberSocial as Twitter asked Ubermedia to change this name as well as make some other small changes.

@ubersoc has tweeted this – To comply with Twitter TOS, in the new version you won’t be able to tweet more then 140 characters from a protected account, or in a DM

They also say they are waiting to hear if the changes have been accepted.

In the meantime you could use the Official Twitter application or Seesmic which I enjoy too 🙂

Hope this helps 😉

Top 10 Free iPhone Apps

My Top 10 Free iPhone Apps

To choose my top My Top 10 Free iPhone Apps was almost as tough as choosing your top 10 singles of all time, and that’s difficult, don’t you think?  So… I also took into consideration which software applications for iPhone I use the most. 

These are based on the 3GS as I do not have the iPhone 4 or the iPad yet..

My Best Applications ………… 

Drum roll please…….. 

My Top 10 Free iPhone Apps

Top 10 Free iPhone Apps


(You didn’t know that was coming.) 

Discover what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world with the official Twitter for iPhone app.
Real-time search, Top Tweets, trending topics and maps. happening now everywhere and nearby.


Facebook is a social utility that connects you to the people around you. It’s also on iPhone and iPod touch and you can still do everything you can on the PC: 

– Get the latest news from your friends 
– Upload and share photos 
– Send and receive messages


Dropbox is the easiest way to save, sync and share your files online and across computers.


Now with iOS 4.2 fast app switching! IM+ will keep you connected to GTalk, Yahoo, MSN/Live Messenger, AIM/iChat, ICQ, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, and Jabber. No pre-registration required. Just enter your account in the IM network and start the chat right away.
There is a paid version of this, which has more features. 

BBC News

 Get the latest breaking news from the BBC and our global network of journalists. 

Stories are arranged in categories including top stories, UK news, world news, politics, business, technology and sport. 


Identify music around you.. a song playing that you don’t know the name of or want to remember so that you can buy it, well Shazam will tell you what it is, and even show you where to buy it.
EW: Fast App Switching for iOS 4.2. Restores Twitter support with updated login (OAuth).
Launch offer: Unlimited tagging. Create, share and browse your Tag List in a new and unique way with iPad’s distinctive features. The Shazam app for iPad offers unlimited tagging (with this launch offer only) and innovative features.
This used to have a limit on the tags, so I got the paid version but now it seems there is no limit.


Search Google quickly using your voice, pictures, and location. Google Mobile App includes the following features:
* New! Google Goggles – use pictures to search the web. Goggles recognizes things such as landmarks, books, wine, artwork, and logos.
Top 10 Free iPhone Apps


Although this app does need some improvements, its still very handy to have. LinkedIn for iPhone puts your professional network just a touch away. Walk into any interview or client meeting with the ability to look up the details and connect with over 85 million professionals worldwide. Get the latest updates and messages from your network and keep them up-to-date with your status in real-time.

LinkedIn for iPhone puts your professional network just a touch away. Walk into any interview or client meeting with the ability to look up the details and connect with over 85 million professionals worldwide. Get the latest updates and messages from your network and keep them up-to-date with your status in real-time.


Bump™ makes sharing with people as simple as bumping two phones together. Just pick what you want to send, and gently bump hands with another Bump user. And now, you can message with your friends who aren’t near you — just add them as a friend inside of Bump and start messaging immediately

Angry birds Lite

Yes, you can play this for free on the iPhone, it does have a limited amount of levels but I think it’s great to try it to see if you get hooked like everyone else. 

The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the Birds’ eggs. Use the unique destructive powers of the Angry Birds to lay waste to the pigs’ fortified castles.

Angry Birds Lite features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based castle demolition, and lots of replay value. Each of the 12 levels requires logic, skill, and brute force to crush the enemy.

10+ 1 (cheat!)

I’ve only just downloaded Evernote, which looks to be so fantastic, it would have been in my top ten had I have tried it already 🙂 !

Evernote turns the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronizes from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows desktop.

Those are my top choices, what are yours? Maybe your Top 10 Free iPhone Apps are different from mine, I’d love to know, post them here.


Panicking for Christmas ideas? Christmas App to the rescue!

Christmas Wrapped is an ingenious new iPhone App (as seen in The Sunday Times)  to help alleviate the panic and give us inspiration for gifts for our loved ones. 

You are lucky as there is still time to put this great application to use. 

It is a brilliant seasonal application that generates unique, tailored gift idea’s from its 5000 products and 250 shops and helps you get organised by assigning gifts to your contacts.  It even creates a shopping list for you. Whilst keeping a total of how much you have spent, that’s maybe not a good thing! 

It costs £1.19 And for every download the makers of Christmas Wrapped will donate 10p Make-A-Wish foundation.


You can choose people from your contact list in your phone, or create your own. 

You then refine your searches by adding Gender, Budget and Age. 

Search, view present suggestions or look at stocking filler ideas. 

Which takes you to pages similar to this where you can add gifts 

Here you can click on the gift that you are interested in finding more about, and even buy it from this page. 

Download Christmas Wrapped here  from itunes 

Hope this helps 🙂