Within a week of finally releasing its Android version, Instagram, the social photo-sharing app for smartphones, has been sold to Facebook for a hefty $1 billion. Now, users of the service are up in arms, and some are threatening to leave altogether.
There is no telling what this sale means for Instagram, other than its founders are now incredibly wealthy. Mark Zuckerberg stated that the Instagram team would be joining Facebook, so there’s hope that those employees might be able to make Facebook’s photo-sharing much better. But Instagram users aren’t happy with their cool, new, hip app now being a part of that ancient social-medial monster, Facebook. Mashable is reporting that services allowing users to export their photos from Instagram are becoming clogged as users rush to save their pics. It’s unlikely, though, that Facebook would simply delete all those photos.
Now the elitism exhibited by iPhone users upon the Android Instagram’s release has shifted and the entire smartphone community seems to be up in arms about the sale. It’s the kind of behavior that makes me question who uses Instagram. I suppose it might be somewhat justified, though, as I’m sure many Instagram users saw the app as something that should be completely separate from their other social media. Judge for yourself whether Instagram users are overreacting or whether the world truly is ending:
@instagram feed is filled with people upset over the acquisition and several who say they’re deleting their IG accounts.My
Thinking seriously of never using instagram anymore :/
I wonder if Mark was like ‘Instagram makes geeks look hot. Right up my alley. Let’s buy it’…
The guy who made instagram can now buy 300,000,000 lattes with hearts drawn in the foam.
I just told you guys 5 days ago that you could use Instagram without setting up an account. Maybe now you’ll start listening to me.
Instagram bought by Facebook? Get out of my face /my phone… Ew.