Facebook buys Instagram

Facebook is buying the highly popular photo-sharing application Instagram for $1 billion.

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Instagram's new future: Tuning out?

by - Former Business Editor

Could Facebook's purchase of Instagram actually halt their rapid growth? Some Instagram users on Twitter are complaining this afternoon about Facebook buying the site, which already has 30 million users.

One user says, @Instagram was cool but I don't trust Facebook so I closed my account. Another, 'Not yet. As soon as it requires Facebook access or a Facebook account, it's going.' Another, 'I am deleting my account. I don't like F'book looking at every pic I take'..

It seems unlikely at this stage that this kick back will take away from the massive potential of this fast growing company. Another Twitter user points to the perhaps bizarre irony of using one social network to complain about another!

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New future for Instagram after $1 billion Facebook offer

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.

– Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook