You’ve heard about it by now (and may be dreading the future): Facebook has bought Instagram for a giant $1 billion. The announcement was made yesterday, via Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page, where he promised that Instagram will not just become another Facebook app. “We need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook,” said Zuckerberg.
Many Instagram users are predicting the worst, but a handful of tech-optimists are giving the news a positive spin. Senior writer at Mashable, Chris Taylor, in his recent article, Facegram FTW! How Facebook Could Actually Improve Instagram, argues that Facebook’s takeover could potentially speed up Instagram’s ‘evolution’. He’s referring to the fact that it took ages for the Android version to launch, and even the iPad version is yet to arrive… “If Instagram had had an assist from thousands of eager Facebook engineers, do you really think the Android version would have taken that long?” he asks.
However, it all could still go very wrong. Another Mashable writer, Christina Warren, writes that her first instinct was dread, and although its a smart move for Facebook, it may not be such a smart move for Instagram. “How much time until everything that made the service so special disappears into the ether?” she asks. Facebook doesn’t have a sterling past with its previous acquisitions – heard of FriendFeed, Divvyshot, Hot Potato, Drop.io, and Beluga? However, Zuckerberg is quick to point out that Instagram has more users than any product or company that Facebook has ever bought, so perhaps that will make all the difference.
But if you’re still hesitant about the whole deal and concerned about the future of your food and cat pictures, Gizmodo has published the handy How to Export Your Instagram Photos Before Facebook Ruins Everything. Basically, head to Instaport.Me log into your Instagram account, and authorise the app. Then you can customise which photos to export: all, the last X-number, between two dates, photos others liked, and by #tag. That’s it. Click export and your photos are downloaded in .zip format.
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