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Instagram May Light the Way
While Instagram has only been around about 18 months, the photo-sharing service became an almost overnight sensation.
"Instagram is an explosive property," said Josh Crandall of Netpop Research. "They captured the 'fun' in sharing photos by adding filters. Now, the everyman is the cameraman. They have fun making art out of their snapshots."
Instagram is also really more of a feature than a company, added Crandall, who noted that the Facebook acquisition could signal an about-face for the growth of the photo-sharing service.
"I wouldn't be surprised if growth at Instagram declines as the capabilities are integrated more seamlessly into Facebook," he said.
On the other hand the acquisition of Instagram may prove to the world that Facebook is still an innovator.
"As long as Facebook carries its momentum forward, Mark will be a trailblazer," said Crandell. "Will the next generation of new users want to adopt the same social network their parents and older siblings are on or not? Whether or not Zuckerberg and the company can continue to be relevant and trusted remains to be seen."
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