The Instagram-Facebook backlash

24 thoughts on “The Instagram-Facebook backlash”

  1. Not to begrudge the good fortune and success of Kevin and his team, I would have much preferred to see In$tagram play itself out and go head-head with Facebook.

  2. This is interesting. Are all these people who oppose this deal only anti-FB-buys-Instagram or are they also anti-FB in general? If it’s the latter, then this deal is unconvering a greater degree of discontent with FB than was apparent in all the social media noise until now. If anything, all the noise in the social media until now seemed to indicate a marked pro-FB tilt. This might be the point when things start tilting in the opposite direction.

  3. Emotions flying high, the question is how can FB capture them?
    I would invite Kevin to join the FB exec team to learn from the “positive” emotional response or why, or maybe FB is so used to negative responses that they don’t care and pull a Google[we know everything already].

  4. have you heard of PhotoRankr (.com)? Hasn’t hit mainstream yet, but I think its better than instagram, especially with the facebook merger. Its got the social networking side, where you can build your own photostream by favoriting photos and following photographers you like. but its still tight-knit unlike whats going to happen with instagram.

  5. In the big picture of things Instagram will be a hiccup. However this appears to be a watershed moment for FB. Rarely does the Valley turn on their own in such a manner – especially still pre IPO?!. Does everyone working at FB go to bed last night feeling Miley cool and wake up feeling like they’re now at MSFT? What does this mean for hiring and retaining talent etc?

  6. The Instagram deal will soon be forgotten and we’ll move on. However this might be a watershed moment for FB. The Valley is treating it more like MSFT than a pre IPO member. I think this changes hiring and retainment going forward.

  7. What the Hell is InstaGram? Now, if you think I am a Luddite, think again and look it up. But this is probably the least impressive piece I have ever read on here, and coming from the fearless leader of this time hog, it makes me question my time expenditure here.

  8. I have just the opposite view from Mr Tapp of this piece. In fact, it reminds me why I subscribe to the blog. It wasn’t the Instagram/Facebook issue that grabbed me but the insight that the resulting community reaction is one more instance of a much more consequential trend – power shifting from corporation to consumer. That example makes sense, is something I likely wouldn’t have thought of myself, and not something I’ve seen elsewhere. So thanks Om, a well spent five minutes.

  9. Something that has given me lots of pleasure for free just got purchased by something other free-but-valuable service, and I’m worried that I won’t keep getting free stuff just the way I want it, so I’ll express my anger through hashtags on yet another free service. Oh, and keep your government hands off my health care.

  10. FWIW, when I told my 16 year old niece that Facebook had acquired Instagram, she made a scrunchy face, and said with a bit of worry, “Really, what does that mean for Instagram? Are they going to change it?”

    Personally, I think that Facebook will treat it arms-length like Google did with YouTube, but it underscores the first impression aspect of this deal.

  11. Another one bites the dust.

    Great quote btw : “So as time goes by, the foundation of ownership and control for content and distribution is increasingly shifting from corporate entities to people and communities. A phenomenon that will cause countless sleepless nights for old media and old-line technology leaders who don’t fully comprehend the significance of the dynamics at hand. “

  12. I wrote about this, too (http://jeffputz.com/blog/the-instagram-and-facebook-story) because it just endlessly amuses me. “New Coke” didn’t enjoy this kind of hyperbole and backlash. As I said in my post, this has happened, and will happen, time and time again on the Internet. Everything has a cost, and eventually someone has to pay for it, one way or another. In this case, the investors are getting a gigantic and awesome check. I think it’s entirely awesome.

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  14. As a Android users who mostly missed out on the whole niche Instagram thing, I’m not really surprised. Why are people in 2012 putting so much faith in a faceless company to do the right thing? Or what people believe to be the right thing? What is the purpose of any company or service? To make a product FOR PROFIT! They have a fiduciary responsibility to their investors, debtors, & employees to make a profit. They have no such responsibility to customers to stay niche, independent, or cool. Their goal should be to amass as large a user base, & continue to make profit.

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