Last week, the Facebook/Instagram deal cleared its final hurdle as the California Department of Corporations approved the issuing of nearly 23 million shares of Facebook stock, saying that the deal was fair to both Instagram and their shareholders.
And Today, Facebook is officially welcoming Instagram to the team. In a post, Facebook emphasizes that Instagram will keeping "serving their community" with the help of Facebook's engineering team. Basically, Facebook wants to let Instagram users know that they will try to make it better without grabbing control of the user experience.
Here's the short message from Facebook Engineering VP Mike Schroepfer:
So many of us at Facebook love using Instagram to share moments with our friends. And for so many people, sharing photos with friends is an important part of the Facebook experience. That’s why we’re so excited to bring Instagram to Facebook and see what we can create together.
As we said from the beginning, we are committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Instagram will continue to serve its community, and we will help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook's strong engineering team and infrastructure. We also can’t wait to work with the talented Instagram team to improve the mobile experience.
We're looking forward to an exciting future with the Instagram team and to all of the great new experiences we're going to be able to build together.
Two weeks ago, the FTC concluded their investigation into the deal, stating that the deal warranted no further action by the Commission.
Instagram echoed the "nothing's changing" sentiment on their own blog:
"What makes this even more exciting is that our deal with Facebook has closed, which means we can now work together to evolve and build a better Instagram for everyone. While our team is making the short move to the Facebook offices, Instagram isn’t going anywhere. The Instagram app and its features will stay the same one you know and love, and we’ll keep working together to build a better Instagram for everyone."