Geek Smack! 222: Facebook Buys Instagram [Video Podcast]
One more week, then I’ll be in San Francisco for a Ford Drive, then an HP event. I might even get a chance to stop at DEMO and the Computer History Museum. It will definitely be a long week of great events. ITM, I’m laying low, trying to get all shows ready for next week.
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Geek Smack: What will happen to Instagram?
Yesterday, we learned that Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion. They also said Instagram will will continue to work independently. This is something I have been expecting ever since Instagram started. But is it good or bad for this company?
Lots of negative comments to users that don’t seem to like Facebook. Alas, this morning, we learned that over 5 million downloads happened in the last 24 hours. So unless more than 5 million have moved their pictures and discontinued use, I would say this purchase is a good idea.
I have had Instagram on my phone since it’s Beta. It was a fun app – for a while. But the reality is: I needed something to post to more than Twitter and Facebook. Since I used Tweetdeck anyway, I just continued to do it that way.
I really didn’t care if the picture looked like something from my childhood. I have hundreds of those pictures over at my parents house.
Nowadays, the convenience factor doesn’t come into play. There is no service that posts to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest. I wish there were.
Maybe that is what Instagram should focus on. They are going to be an independent company from Facebook. So why not?
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