Monday 9 April 2012

Instagram sells to Facebook today 1 billion usd. Zuckerberg explains. Blog update

I thought you might like to see this update on the purchase of Instagram today by Facebook for 1 billion usd further to my blog earlier this evening.This is Mashable trying to make sense of it all (and I admit as time goes on, so am I).

Firstly, note Instagram has 9 employees.....

Secondly then there's this from Mashable which is a step-by-step guide to deleting your Instagram account! Seemingly a bit of a groundswell starting to happen against the purchase. Reason being is that instagram pics have geo location information and there's a concern that facebook will use that for advertisers and that, could be the reason for the high price.

And then this post from The Zuck. Note the reference to independence for Instagram. Starting to divorce the two brands.....

Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook Status Update
I'm excited to share the news that we've agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook. For years, we've focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we'll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.

We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram's strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook. we'
re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.

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.

This is an important milestone for Facebook because it's the first time we've ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don't plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.

We're looking forward to working with the Instagram team and to all of the great new experiences we're going to be able to build together

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