Facebook Buys Instagram for $1 Billion

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Here I am, minding my own business and trying to write a blog post about being a grandmother that somehow turned into a political post about health care when TW says to me, "Facebook bought Instagram for ONE BILLION DOLLARS" (in cash and shares.) My response, "That's nice." Then, my co-workers started talking about it and my response changed to, "Yippee!" Why? Because I'm a Facebook fan and while I don't use Instagram very often, I know a whole lot of people who do.

mom of ali aka momofali

It sure sounds like a good thing for Facebook and Mike and Kevin, the folks who built Instagram, are pretty darn happy about the sale, too.

When Mike and I started Instagram nearly two years ago, we set out to change and improve the way the world communicates and shares. We’ve had an amazing time watching Instagram grow into a vibrant community of people from all around the globe. Today, we couldn’t be happier to announce that Instagram has agreed to be acquired by Facebook.

In a post on his Facebook Timeline, Mark Zuckerberg assured Instagram users that they will still be able to post on social networks besides Facebook; they can still choose not to share Instagrams on Facebook; and they can follow and be followed by Instagram users independently of whether they use Facebook.

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Instagram logo via Wikipedia, per its use rationale

With more than 30 million users and a fan base that will surely grow with the launch of the new Android app, how does the community feel about this sale?

Is it going to change how you use Instagram? Is it going to change how you share photos to Facebook (or Twitter)? Are non-Instagram users (like me) going to start using the service if they're big Facebook fans?

Tell me what you think -- while I go install updates to my own Instagram app.

~Denise
BlogHer Community Manager
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