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Facebook + Instagram = one big acquisition flop

I know, I know. Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram hasn’t even been finalized yet and I’m already calling it a complete waste of a billion dollars. How can I say that? Easy.

Let’s look at the facts, shall we? Facebook paid about $28 for each of Instagram’s 35 million users. As such things go, that doesn’t seem so bad– as long as Instagram’s users stick around. But the reality is that faithful fans of the photo-sharing program are royally ticked off by the deal. Those who are frantic to get their pictures out of Instagram before Facebook takes over may well be wary of Facebook’s lousy privacy record. If you don’t want your Instagram photos used in Facebook ads, you’d better make sure you have your privacy settings adjusted properly — and then hope Facebook doesn’t change its privacy settings yet again.

Moreover, $28 per user is cheap only if Instagram’s users aren’t already Facebook users. In its pre-IPO S1, Facebook claims it has 845 million active monthly users. I strongly suspect that there’s a good deal of overlap between that 845 million and Instagram’s 35 million.

So when you boil it all down, what Facebook has really bought is some Web 2.0 software for tweaking pictures. I haven’t programmed in years, but I bet I could put together a team of developers, whip up an Instagram clone, and launch it on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud over a weekend. This is not rocket science.

Mind you, I’m not sure that Steven’s Instagram would be worth even the six figures it would cost to build. Today, Instagram’s cutesie photo filters are popular — but they generate no revenue. Tomorrow, they could be as passe as Pet Rocks.

Here’s what will happen: Facebook won’t see a noticeable increase in users. And Instagram fans who loathe the idea of Facebook getting its hands on their images will move to another platform.

What the heck, though. Mark Zuckerberg is still mostly playing with fantasy dollars, and if he wants to waste a billion of them on Instagram, he doesn’t have stockholders to answer to — yet.

Pictures Broadcast Platform by Tumblr and Instagram

These days, I set up a pictures broadcast platform by Tumblr and Instagram,this is my pictures broadcast platform—— t.wjd.im.I will send more and more live pictures by my iphone app in the future, such as my daily life, breaking news around me and interesting things.

Many people ask me how to build their own pictures broadcast platform?In the first, you must hove an iphone and installed an app named “Instagram“,then you should link your Instagram account to Tumblr, and your make an “A” record link t.wjd.im to the Tumblr’s ip address(Almost forgot to say,you must have your won domain link wjd.im).Then, the only thing you should do is post pictures to Tumblr everytime.All this is so simple for you!

Don’t forget to subscribe my pictures broadcast platform. 🙂

Simple Photo-taking and Photo-sharing App:Instagram

Instagram, the hottest iPhone startup right now, isn’t complicated or even revolutionary.

It’s a simple photo-taking and photo-sharing app that has taken over Silicon Valley and is filling our Twitter feed with fun, cute photographs.You can get it for free from Apple’s App Store.

What’s it for

First, Instagram is for taking pictures, adding filters to make them look retro, and then for sharing them with sites like Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, and Facebook.

And second, it’s a simple social network of other people’s photos. You can “like” or comment on the photos, and see what’s new. It’s easy and doesn’t take much time or effort. This is one of the reasons it has become so popular so quickly.

A Photo-Based Social Networking Feed

The idea behind Instagram seems to be less archive-oriented and more feed-oriented. That is, instead of something like Flickr, which acts as a repository for your photo collection, Instagram is an app from which you share the random photos you snap on your phone from day to day. You can add effects, share your photos with your Instagram followers, and even upload them to other networks like Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Facebook. You can even have it check you into Foursquare when you upload a location-enabled photo. It’s actually a pretty neat app, even if you don’t have any friends on it—browsing through the “Popular” feed is entertaining in its own right. Hit the link to check it out.

Instagram is a free download for iOS, and supports cameras on the 3G, 3GS and iPhone 4.

Why Flickr didn’t create Instagram

Specifically, someone asked the question: Why did Flickr miss the mobile photo opportunity that Instagram and picplz are pursuing? The mobile photo space is red-hot right now with several players beyond the two mentioned vying to become a common app on smartphones. And one of them, Instagram, was able to gain over a million users in less than three months. So why wasn’t Flickr, with all the resources of Yahoo behind them, able to dominate this space first?

The simple answer, according to Elliot-McCrea, is “Innovator’s dilemma”. That is, if Flickr had wanted to create a successful service that leveraged Twitter’s social graph, they would have had to sacrifice their own login system for that of Twitter’s — which until more recently was considered very insecure. “The Yahoo! Paranoids would have shut us down in a heart beat,” Elliot-McCrea says.

Finally,you can find me in Instagram @wintbros.