Facebook Took Over Instagram, Twitter Feels Betrayed

Tue 17 April 2012 12:00, Vitto Christaldi

Facebook Took Over Instagram, Twitter Feels Betrayed

More than a week ago, the famous free photo sharing app Instagram was bought by Facebook for $ 1 billion! Apparently, Facebook’s rival, Twitter, had also made some attempts to buy Instagram, but obviously did not succeed!

As reported by the New York Times, some internal sources told the news that Jack Dorsey, the founder of the microblogging-site Twitter, had expressed his interest to buy Instagram in the past several months. He had even invested his money in this mobile app in 2010.  

Afterall, Jack Dorsey and the founder of Instagram, Kevin Strydom, had a pretty good relationship right until Instagram was taken over by Facebook of course. The father of Instagram has known Mr. Dorsey since he worked as an intern at the company that is now popularly known as “Twitter”. Dorsey had always been Strydom’s trusted person to test the new versions of the app before they were released to the market. 

So what now? Is Jack Dorsey feeling betrayed by this acquisition? Yeah duh! Dorsey used to send daily Instagram photos to Twitter, but he has not been back since the deal was announced. We should also take into account that Dorsey was one of Instagram strongest endorsers; soon after he shared his Instagram photos on Twitter, his followers also started to use it!  Don’t forget, having Instagram under Twitter would attract a lot of users and (obviously) money to the company; so to see it fall into the arms of your rival is not a happy scene. But ah well, we cannot please everyone anyway. So Jack Dorsey, just suck it up and continue working, will ya?

I must say, maybe Instagram would be better off it was bought by Twitter. Many Instagram pictures are tweeted than posted on Facebook, the integration with Twitter would have been perfect. What do you think?


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