Instagram officially part of Facebook

Sep 07, 2012
Instagram on Thursday became part of Facebook as the social network completed its billion-dollar acquisition of the smartphone photo-sharing service.

Instagram on Thursday became part of Facebook as the social network completed its billion-dollar acquisition of the smartphone photo-sharing service.

"Very excited to announce that we're now officially joining the family," Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said in a Facebook post tagged as being made using a mobile phone in Japan.

"I'm psyched for the next chapter of this long journey."

US regulators in August closed an investigation into Facebook's deal to buy the startup behind photo-sharing smartphone application Instagram, taking no action.

The reserved the right to revisit the matter.

The big ticket purchase was seen by some as a move by Facebook to strengthen defenses against and blazing hot newcomer Pinterest just ahead of the Facebook public offering.

"For years, we've focused on building the best experience for with your friends and family," Facebook co-founder said in announcing the deal in April.

"Now, we'll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests."

Facebook said that it planned to let the San Francisco-based startup grow independently while tapping into Instagram expertise to improve ways for people to share pictures on the social network.

"So many of us at Facebook love using Instagram to share moments with our friends," Facebook vice president of engineering Mike Schroepfer said in a blog post.

"That's why we're so excited to bring Instagram to Facebook and see what we can create together," he continued. "We also can't wait to work with the talented Instagram team to improve the mobile experience."

Facebook users have increasingly taken to accessing the social network using smartphones or .

Explore further: LinkedIn membership hits 300 million

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

US clears Facebook deal for Instagram

Aug 23, 2012

US regulators said Wednesday they closed an investigation into Facebook's billion-dollar deal to buy the startup behind photo-sharing smartphone application Instagram, taking no action.

Facebook buys startup aimed at loyal shoppers

Apr 14, 2012

Facebook on Friday confirmed that it bought a San Francisco startup that helps merchants court shoppers with rewards for checking in with smartphones during visits.

Recommended for you

LinkedIn membership hits 300 million

11 hours ago

The career-focused social network LinkedIn announced Friday it has 300 million members, with more than half the total outside the United States.

Researchers uncover likely creator of Bitcoin

17 hours ago

The primary author of the celebrated Bitcoin paper, and therefore probable creator of Bitcoin, is most likely Nick Szabo, a blogger and former George Washington University law professor, according to students ...

White House updating online privacy policy

21 hours ago

A new Obama administration privacy policy out Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites. It also clarifies that ...

User comments : 0

More news stories

LinkedIn membership hits 300 million

The career-focused social network LinkedIn announced Friday it has 300 million members, with more than half the total outside the United States.

Researchers uncover likely creator of Bitcoin

The primary author of the celebrated Bitcoin paper, and therefore probable creator of Bitcoin, is most likely Nick Szabo, a blogger and former George Washington University law professor, according to students ...

Impact glass stores biodata for millions of years

(Phys.org) —Bits of plant life encapsulated in molten glass by asteroid and comet impacts millions of years ago give geologists information about climate and life forms on the ancient Earth. Scientists ...