Facebook purchases Instagram

By on April 10, 2012
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But Instgram experience will remain intact.

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Instagram announced its transition to Android not long ago, and now looks like the App has reached another milestone. Instagram was recently purchased by social networking giants Facebook for $1 billion. The app was first launched in October 2010, and has managed to gather 30 million registered users in less than two years.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that Instagram will still function independently from Facebook, and all the features that Instagram users have come to know and love will remain intact.

“We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook. These and many other features are important parts of the Instagram experience and we understand that. We will try to learn from Instagram’s experience to build similar features into our other products. At the same time, we will try to help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure”

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom also echoed the same sentiments in a blog post on the Instagram website, saying

“It’s important to be clear that Instagram is not going away. We’ll be working with Facebook to evolve Instagram and build the network. We’ll continue to add new features to the product and find new ways to create a better mobile photos experience.”

All in all, this comes as good news, especially for Facebook for Mobile users. Facebook’s native app for uploading pictures from the phone to a Facebook profile is, to put it gently, not very good, will Instagram has got this function absolutely right. So this probably will mean a much better Facebook for Mobile experience.


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