Today, Facebook announced that it will acquire Instagram for $1 billion in cash and Facebook stock.
Instagram's photo sharing app will stay relatively independent and retain many of its features:
“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 posted on Facebook. He noted that while Facebook focuses on sharing photos with friends and family, Instagram will help you share photos based on interests.
“We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.”
“These and many other features are important parts of the Instagram experience and we understand that. We will try to learn from Instagram's experience to build similar features into our other products.”
“This is an important milestone for Facebook because it's the first time we've ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don't plan on doing many more of these, if any at all.”
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom reiterated a similar message:
“It’s because of our dedicated and talented team that we’ve gotten this far, and with the support and cross-pollination of ideas and talent at a place like Facebook, we hope to create an even more exciting future for Instagram and Facebook alike.”“It’s important to be clear that Instagram is not going away. We’ll be working with Facebook to evolve Instagram and build the network. We’ll continue to add new features to the product and find new ways to create a better mobile photos experience.”