My reaction upon reading the news that Facebook bought Instagram:
I really, really hope Zuckerberg and friends don't fuck up it up, or make it go the way of Gowalla.
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom says they aren't going away:
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.
The Instagram app will still be the same one you know and love. You’ll still have all the same people you follow and that follow you.You’ll still be able to share to other social networks. And you’ll still have all the other features that make the app so fun and unique.
We’re psyched to be joining Facebook and are excited to build a better Instagram for everyone.
Famous last words, I say.
And, sadly, the fallout from this deal has begun. Ben Brooks quit:
Me? I'm not quitting, but I'm not optimistic about the future.