The Wife of Wrath
And those once-mighty cats trembled before the great lint brush man.

And those once-mighty cats trembled before the great lint brush man.

The sale of Instagram brings a harsh reality into focus, the realization that the secret rooms or private spaces online where we can share, chit-chat and hang out with our friends are fading. The few safe havens that do exist are quickly being encroached upon or are next on the shopping list for a company like Google, Apple or Facebook. The few proposed alternatives are still in their infancy… And it is clear that our personal data and online interactions are so valuable that they are powering the Web’s future.

Jenna Wortham uses the sale of Instagram to raise the question, is there anywhere on the internet where we can just hang out with our friends and enjoy our privacy?

Read more: Digital Diary: Instagram and the Internet’s ‘Secret’ Places - NYTimes.com (via onaissues)

FJP: If you’re concerned about how Facebook might use all the data that Instagram collected from you (checkins, geolocation, etc.), The Next Web has an article showing you how to export your account and all that’s in it before deleting it in its entirety.

(via futurejournalismproject)

(via futurejournalismproject)