Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Apr 2012 18:09 UTC
Internet & Networking I hate when I have to report on stuff I just don't care about. However, it's big news, because for some reason I'm not particularly privy to, this photosharing service is more popular than god. Yes, Facebook has acquired Instagram. Update: "At the end of the day, that's what Instagram filters are: a crutch, a misguided replacement for a properly composed shot and a decent sensor."
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Who cares?
by moondevil on Mon 9th Apr 2012 18:22 UTC
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I only heard they existed when the iPhone users started complaining about the recent Android version of their software.

Until last week, I was not even aware they existed.

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Comment by vivainio
by vivainio on Mon 9th Apr 2012 18:50 UTC
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6 employees, 1 billion usd.

For something facebook could code themselves for, say, 200k.

There is some loose money floating around usa right now.

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RE: Comment by vivainio
by ssokolow on Mon 9th Apr 2012 18:52 UTC in reply to "Comment by vivainio"
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6 employees, 1 billion usd.

For something facebook could code themselves for, say, 200k.

There is some loose money floating around usa right now.


They're paying for the brand and existing userbase. It's often cheaper to buy those than build them in a market space that's already occupied.

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RE[2]: Comment by vivainio
by vivainio on Mon 9th Apr 2012 18:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by vivainio"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

"6 employees, 1 billion usd.

For something facebook could code themselves for, say, 200k.

There is some loose money floating around usa right now.


They're paying for the brand and existing userbase. It's often cheaper to buy those than build them in a market space that's already occupied.
"

Facebook already got every user on the planet.

Also, to quote someone, do you know how much money 1bn is? ;)

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RE[3]: Comment by vivainio
by Sodki on Mon 9th Apr 2012 19:21 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by vivainio"
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2005-11-10

Facebook already got every user on the planet.


Fortunately, no.


Also, to quote someone, do you know how much money 1bn is? ;)


They're buying the brand and the product that already exists, without having to invest in the unknown. I may be worth that kind of money for them.

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RE[3]: Comment by vivainio
by shotsman on Mon 9th Apr 2012 19:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by vivainio"
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2005-07-22

You sir/madam are patently talking out of your backside.

I will never ever have a Facebook, Twitter or an account on any other similar site.

My 90yr old mother isn't signed up either. There again, she feels she has no need for using the internet beyond email and searching on her iPad.

So no, they don't have everyone.

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RE[4]: Comment by vivainio
by WorknMan on Mon 9th Apr 2012 21:26 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by vivainio"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

So no, they don't have everyone.


Well, if any of your friends:

1. Have your contact information in their phone
2. Use Facebook, and ...
3. Use the contact sync option on the Facebook app

Then Facebook has your real name, phone number, and possibly your address, whether you wanted them to or not.

That being said, Facebook does have its uses. I have a fake account set up so I can use their universal login to gain access to sites that accept Facebook logins. If the account ever gets hacked, I really don't care, since I don't have any personal info tied to that account.

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RE[5]: Comment by vivainio
by modmans2ndcoming on Tue 10th Apr 2012 12:04 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by vivainio"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

Why not just use your google account?

I trust Google a lot more than Facebook with my information.

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RE[6]: Comment by vivainio
by WorknMan on Tue 10th Apr 2012 20:38 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by vivainio"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Why not just use your google account?


Yeah, I have one of those too for this purpose. (Fake, of course.) I just use whichever one the site accepts.

I trust Google a lot more than Facebook with my information.


Then you're an idiot. If Facebook and Google were both pedophiles, Facebook would be the creepy old guy next door, while Google is the nice gentleman luring children into his house with candy, and whom nobody suspects. I mean, we're talking about a company who drove down the f**king street, slurping data from peoples' public wifi access points, and then claimed it was an accident when they got caught. Trust me, neither of these companies have your best interest in mind.

Edited 2012-04-10 20:39 UTC

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RE[7]: Comment by vivainio
by modmans2ndcoming on Tue 10th Apr 2012 21:55 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by vivainio"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
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Good thing they aren't pedophiles.

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RE[2]: Comment by vivainio
by WorknMan on Mon 9th Apr 2012 21:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by vivainio"
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2005-11-13

They're paying for the brand and existing userbase. It's often cheaper to buy those than build them in a market space that's already occupied.


This is true. Some people think Instagram is just about the filters, but they have their own Facebook-like social network with hundreds of thousands of users, which caters to photo enthusiasts.

Or at least, that's what I'm told.

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RE: Comment by vivainio
by Deviate_X on Mon 9th Apr 2012 21:02 UTC in reply to "Comment by vivainio"
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Instagram is wildly popular, buying its keeps it away from google+

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RE[2]: Comment by vivainio
by moondevil on Mon 9th Apr 2012 21:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by vivainio"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Maybe in US, because here in Germany I don't know anyone who knows it.

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RE[3]: Comment by vivainio
by righard on Mon 9th Apr 2012 21:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by vivainio"
righard Member since:
2007-12-26

I'm from the Netherlands, and I sincerely never heard of Instagram.

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RE[4]: Comment by vivainio
by MOS6510 on Tue 10th Apr 2012 04:39 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by vivainio"
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I'm from The Netherlands too. I don't use Instagram, but if you're on Twitter, Facebook or an Apple user it's hard to avoid. I come across Instagram posts, articles or references on a daily basis.

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RE[5]: Comment by vivainio
by righard on Tue 10th Apr 2012 11:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by vivainio"
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but if you're on Twitter, Facebook or an Apple user...


That explains it, I don't use any of these ;)

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RE[6]: Comment by vivainio
by MOS6510 on Tue 10th Apr 2012 11:14 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by vivainio"
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Ah, you still have the freedom! :-)

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RE[2]: Comment by vivainio
by No it isnt on Mon 9th Apr 2012 21:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by vivainio"
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2005-11-14

My impression was that its popularity comes from the rubbish cameras in the iPhones pre 4S. It's a dumb fad.

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RE[3]: Comment by vivainio
by modmans2ndcoming on Tue 10th Apr 2012 12:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by vivainio"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

The iPhone 3Gs and 4 cameras are decent camera. There are some amazing pics taken on 3GS cameras.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/andyi/sets/72157619833958006/

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RE[4]: Comment by vivainio
by No it isnt on Tue 10th Apr 2012 15:00 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by vivainio"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

No, they are not.

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RE[5]: Comment by vivainio
by modmans2ndcoming on Tue 10th Apr 2012 21:56 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by vivainio"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

Yes, they are.

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RE[2]: Comment by vivainio
by Morgan on Mon 9th Apr 2012 21:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by vivainio"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

That's exactly how I took it. With Facebook buying the service, it keeps Google from having an instant photo sharing solution for iOS like they do with Android and the Google+ app.

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RE[3]: Comment by vivainio
by patrix on Tue 10th Apr 2012 00:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by vivainio"
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you know, apart from the iOS google+ app...

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RE[4]: Comment by vivainio
by Morgan on Tue 10th Apr 2012 00:31 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by vivainio"
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Which is a piece of shit written for iPhone 3 OS and is completely broken on iPhone 4/4S and iPad. Yeah, apart from that.

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RE[5]: Comment by vivainio
by patrix on Tue 10th Apr 2012 02:25 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by vivainio"
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2006-05-21

Don't worry, it's a beta!!!!

I don't know how it works on iOS to be honest, I just know the app exists. I don't own an iOS device...

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RE[6]: Comment by vivainio
by Morgan on Tue 10th Apr 2012 02:32 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by vivainio"
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2005-06-29

I'm not sure if the fault lies with Google or Apple. All I know is, on my girlfriend's iPad the app is unusable. The G+ user is better off accessing the service via Safari.

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RE: Comment by vivainio
by Soulbender on Wed 11th Apr 2012 05:32 UTC in reply to "Comment by vivainio"
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2005-08-18

For something facebook could code themselves for, say, 200k.


Sure, it's not like it's hard to do but that's not the point.
Facebook could spend 200K (or less) on creating something similar themselves and then try to build a user-base over X number of years, costing them Y number of dollars..
Or they can purchase the company outright and be done with it. Not saying that the company is worth 1 billion (it probably isn't) but that's the train of thought here.

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RE[2]: Comment by vivainio
by vivainio on Wed 11th Apr 2012 06:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by vivainio"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26


Or they can purchase the company outright and be done with it. Not saying that the company is worth 1 billion (it probably isn't) but that's the train of thought here.


Yeah, I understand the train of thought, and disagree with it ;) .

Facebook can build the same service and use facebook accounts. They can easily deploy a service that is halfway good to massive amount of users.

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Comment by Sodki
by Sodki on Mon 9th Apr 2012 19:18 UTC
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Member since:
2005-11-10

I own two Kesha albums, so what do I know, right?


Damn relatives that don't know what to give us on our birthday! :-)

Edited 2012-04-09 19:21 UTC

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v RE: Comment by Sodki
by Adam S on Mon 9th Apr 2012 19:56 UTC in reply to "Comment by Sodki"
RE[2]: Comment by Sodki
by Sodki on Tue 10th Apr 2012 09:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Sodki"
Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

Serious question: do people still use Gentoo?


I'm sorry you got modded down, because it is a serious question, albeit offtopic. Gentoo never lost it's qualities and has actually become better with time. It just stopped being a fad. So yes, people still use it and people still love it.

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Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Mon 9th Apr 2012 20:01 UTC
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2005-07-12

Cool. Now I can see Speia-Toned pictures of all the shitty meals my friends cook, rather than just regular ones.

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Instagram Android and iphone snobism
by fran on Mon 9th Apr 2012 20:12 UTC
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2010-08-06

Off topic
Wanted the share this link in which some iphone users ugly class mentality is displayed when Instagram launched there Android app.
The reply below the article from the Android users is sort of funny.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/iphone-users-disgusted-by-a...

Edited 2012-04-09 20:13 UTC

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Wanted the share this link in which some iphone users ugly class mentality is displayed when Instagram launched there Android app.
The reply below the article from the Android users is sort of funny.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/iphone-users-disgusted-by-a.....


So what, you mean both Apple AND Android fanboys are elitist pricks? Who woulda thunk it? Trust me, I got some 'dyed-in-the-wool' Fandroids in my Google+ circles, and the amount of anti-Apple rhetoric that gets posted on a daily basis is staggering. They refer to Apple users as morons and brainwashed sheeple. So I think the 'class mentality' goes both ways.

For what it's worth, I am an Apple AND Android user, so I love everyone ;) hehe

Edited 2012-04-09 21:30 UTC

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fran Member since:
2010-08-06

[q]Trust me, I got some 'dyed-in-the-wool' Fandroids in my Google+ circles, and the amount of anti-Apple rhetoric that gets posted on a daily basis is staggering. They refer to Apple users as morons and brainwashed sheeple. So I think the 'class mentality' goes both ways.

For what it's worth, I am an Apple AND Android user, so I love everyone ;) hehe


Do you think it's 50/50 or maybe more from the iphone community?

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Do you think it's 50/50 or maybe more from the iphone community?


Honestly? I have a good idea of which side I think is worse, but I won't say, because neither side is blameless, and it really doesn't matter anyway. It's bullshit no matter how you look at it, and it needs to stop. Why can't we all just get along?

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Its funny because they're making fun of other people, when they're the ones making bad pictures with a camera phone...

You can only make fun of any instagram users, if you have a serious camera that doesn't allow you to make phone calls on it, and wasn't purchased at urban outfitters.

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really?
by NuxRo on Tue 10th Apr 2012 08:14 UTC
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2010-09-25

They actually paid 1 Billion dollars for this? I would have thought Botswanese Pula ...

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RE: really?
by fran on Tue 10th Apr 2012 10:34 UTC in reply to "really?"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

Botswana has to many diamond fields:-)
Maybe buy Lesotho or Malawi?

Edited 2012-04-10 10:35 UTC

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RE[2]: really?
by pandronic on Tue 10th Apr 2012 12:02 UTC in reply to "RE: really?"
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2006-05-18

Pula (the Botswanese currency - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botswana_pula) means cock in Romanian. It's a long running joke among Romanians.

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RE: really?
by s-peter on Tue 10th Apr 2012 13:50 UTC in reply to "really?"
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2006-01-29

They actually paid 1 Billion dollars for this?


Not really, (an undisclosed but presumably) large part of it was Facebook shares, valued at (an undisclosed but presumably) extremely inflated price.

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modmans2ndcoming
Member since:
2005-11-09

I want to share my photos with my friends and family. getting them to use Instagram would be kinda hard (do they have facebook sharing now?) They did not need Instagram's user community or brand....What they wanted was the photo sharing tech (Facebook's mobile photo sucks ), and they wanted to remove a possible competitor before they became too large.

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Thanks
by imaginant on Tue 10th Apr 2012 14:44 UTC
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2010-02-26

I have heard of Instagram, but had no idea what it is. This article explains it perfectly and captures my sentiments exactly: Truly dreadful software. Just another way Facebook can make us cringe. That said, I certainly don't speak for all people, and if that many people love it, then that just makes me out-of-touch with the mainstream. However, as history unfolds, I am sure Facebook users will be given their just due and historians will put this time in its proper perspective... and yeah, we might look a little silly.

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Analogy
by fretinator on Tue 10th Apr 2012 15:25 UTC
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2005-07-06

"At the end of the day, that's what Instagram filters are: a crutch, a misguided replacement for a properly composed shot and a decent sensor."


Rather elitist language that probably defines the difference between us poor barefoot 'puter users, and the wise, all-knowing IT heroes.

Actually, I'm more in the later category, but I do understand the average user. The have a phone they got at Radio Shack. They snap a photo. Apps like Instagram give them a way to do something cool. Sure, they could take photo classes, and buy a better camera when extra money comes floating in the mail box, but for now, Instagram works for them.

I don't use Instagram, and am not that big on photo's in general. However, one thing I learned from an introductory Psychology class is that you do not go around kicking the crutches out from under people until they no longer need them.

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RE: Analogy
by Soulbender on Wed 11th Apr 2012 05:36 UTC in reply to "Analogy"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

poor barefoot 'puter users, and the wise, all-knowing IT heroes.


I have a feeling those all-knowing IT heroes doesn't know as much about photography as they think.

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