Instagram, the 30 million user strong mobile photo sharing service, is going to become part of Facebook for $1 billion. It’s the biggest online deal in a very long time, and everyone’s talking.
Some talks are about the high price. Some talks are about Facebook spending too much. Most of the talks, however, are about whether or not this is a good thing.
Many Instagram users are furious, while many non-Instagram users see this as a good service going downhill. Majority of people are doubtful about this buyout because of one single reason:
Instagram will be the first real sub-branch of Facebook.
The association with Facebook is making many Instagram users, who think of Instagram as having a spotless record, consider leaving Instagram completely.
Facebook does not believe in the isolation of services to the few elite, as many iPhone users usually are led to believe (or believe). That is why the beloved iPhone app, which is now available on Android, is now going to be basically a Facebook extension of photos, owned and operated by Facebook.
Regardless of what many of the Instagram users do, all Facebook users will probably end up having the choice of trying Instagram more easily in the future. All Instagram users should also end up having a lot more users to play around and share stuff with. It’s a good thing that Facebook bought Instagram. Here are some reasons why Facebook bought Instagram, why it’s a good thing, and how such things can affect you.
In the end, it’s up to you as to whether or not you want to be part of Instagram after it fully becomes a part of Facebook.
Because, regardless of your liking it or hating it (I’m liking it at the moment – hopefully I won’t hate it), Instagram is going to be a Facebook sub-website soon. All Instagram users are going to become Facebook users, directly or indirectly.
And the process is happening right now. (more…)