Facebook Buys Instagram; Thousands Mourn

by Gigi Ross on April 9, 2012

My Thoughts About The Facebook Buys Instagram Saga. And the thousands of people mourning, wringing their hands and tugging on Mark Zuckerberg’s pant leg to tell him that he sucks.

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We Have Not Entered The 9th Circle of Hell

People get a sick pleasure in whining about everything Facebook does. People have practically sent themselves into therapy over Timeline. Now it’s Instagram. Nobody died. A natural disaster didn’t befall our fine land. Folks, if there’s any constant with Facebook, it’s change. Without them, you wouldn’t be in touch with your hot ex-boyfriend from high school, your BFF from when you were 6 or have your mother read when your friends post F-bombs on your wall. GET OVER IT.

Android Peeps, Thank Facebook for Your Instagrasm

The launch of Instagram for Android last week was not a matter of coincidental timing. So if you’re an Android user and you’re still basking in the afterglow after months of photographic deprivation? Thank Facebook for your Instagrasm.

Facebook Could Be The Internet’s Darth Vader

Instead of doomsdaying the whole thing, why not wait to see if Facebook actually positively impacts Instagram? Okay, so maybe the chances aren’t good. But – there’s a potential upside for social media peeps and bloggers with this integration. What if somehow Instagram likes connected to your fan page likes or helped increase your EdgeRank? There are lots of scenarios in which Facebook could make this acquisition a huge bonus for bloggers. I am not a Mark Zuckerberg fangirl, but can’t we just pull our undies out of our buttcracks and see what happens? Darth Vader couldn’t kill his son Luke Skywalker and ultimately used his powers for good. Just sayin’.

You Freaks Will Still Get To Post Your Photos

The bottom line is this: you will still get to share your photos. So why the wringing of hands? The incessant speculation of how this will “ruin” Instagram? The people who post 25 pictures in a row of their kid at preschool doing absolutely NAH-THING will still get to do that, I’m fairly certain. Those that are completely narcissistic and post more photos of themselves than any other subject? They’re safe too. Those that get a million likes on even crappy photos? Will still get a million likes on their crappy photos. Read about The Top 11 Instagram Photo types.

It Could Be Worse.

Google could have bought Instagram. They’d simply eliminate Instagram for iOS, tie it exclusively to Google Plus users (do any of those exist)? Then they’d do other nefarious things to make it part of their giant evil empire.

So remember to think of the Insta-glass has half full, not half empty. Now, stop freaking out and let’s just all get back to our regularly scheduled vain photo-taking and photo-sharing, okay? Besides…you still have Pinterest. For now.


Stephanie April 9, 2012 at 8:12 pm

I love this post SO much!! I am so sick of hearing the whining associated with ANYTHING Facebook does. Last week a bunch more of my friends got forced to Timeline and you would have thought the world ended. It is still spinning though.

About the only sensible point that I’ve seen anyone make about the Instagram buy out is they were worried that the privacy terms would be changed. (I do not own a smartphone let alone one that can run Instagram so I am not sure about this but apparently the privacy TOU are better on Instagram than FB?)

kludgymom April 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm

yes, Facebook has been pretty loosey-goosey with its privacy policies in the past so that’s a valid concern. But the reaction is just so extreme!!!

Yuliya April 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm

it’s that last part that resonates with me, it happened to Picnik it could have happened to Instagram!

and ten extra points for the use of ‘buttcrack’ in a blog post

kludgymom April 9, 2012 at 8:25 pm

LOL. thank you! :) gotta love the buttcrack.

Susan in the Boonies April 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I’ve honestly been wondering what all the OH NO-ing was about.
I just figured that I didn’t have enough foresight to perceive all the possible ramifications.
I guess we’ll see, right?

kludgymom April 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I’m not worried..sometimes change can be good, no matter how horrible we think it might be, right?

Maybe I’m an optimist after all!!!

Brittany April 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I give you points for undies and buttcrack in the same sentence and not referring to children too. I was hoestly waiting for something like this to happen and while I said WOW I did not take a million seconds from my day to wonder about all the stuff that might happen when it will come out soon enough and then I will know. I’m right there with you and I just remembered you also coined instagrasm and I love you even more :)

kludgymom April 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I just came up with that writing this post (Instagrasm). Do you think I coined it? because I really like it. :)

Chimomwriter April 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I love your “get over it” posts. And truly, the worst that can happen is that I’ll have to keep some silly, non-life-altering images to myself. My kids would likely be thankful for that.

kludgymom April 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I know, right? My kids are always telling me to stop posting crap on Facebook and Twitter!

Jamie and Lindsi April 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm

We TOTALLY agree it could have been worse if Google bought Instagram! We have no issues with the Facebook buy because they promise to keep it like it is. Google wouldn’t be able to say the same…

kludgymom April 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm


Alison@Mama Wants This April 9, 2012 at 11:54 pm

I just love how you tell it as it is!

I’m sick to death of people bitching and moaning every time Facebook does something, Timeline being the latest whinge. My take on it is, Facebook makes changes all the time, and I bet no one remembers what it looked like when they first signed up. Everyone just gets used to it eventually, JUST GET WITH THE PROGRAM.

So yes, same thing with Instagram. People really need to worry about more significant things.

kludgymom April 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm

OMG..I was thinking about this very thing…two years ago when Facebook made some big change (see, I can’t remember what it was), people were just whining and moaning and I-hate-Facebooking…nobody ever quits Facebook, though, over it. So they must not hate it that much!

mommylisa April 10, 2012 at 2:35 am

Yeah, Google bought Picknic – I got my fee back so I know. Where DID it go? Really in Google Plus then I won’t be using. I have a Google Plus, but I don’t get what to do with it.

Lea Ann April 10, 2012 at 5:45 am

Instagrasm. HA HA HA HA.

Way to spin!

kludgymom April 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I love my newly coined word :)

Lea Ann April 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

So did my husband. You made his morning chocolate milk shoot out his nose when I read your post out loud to him.

Jackie April 10, 2012 at 7:24 am

Honestly it could have been worse… AOL could have bought Instagram and it would have been really bad!

kludgymom April 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

That? I would shudder at!

Jennifer April 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

Facebook bought Instagram?

In other news, I just drank some water. And? I’m going to the break room to get some more.

kludgymom April 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I’m more interested in your water break than people bellyaching about instagram. Truly. :)

Jen April 10, 2012 at 10:29 am

I do not understand why this is such a big deal. As long as it still works, fine by me.

And excuse me b/c I am Droid user that missed the message about Instagram for Droid. Must. Go. Download.

kludgymom April 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Enjoy your latest time suck, Jen! :)

Jill April 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

“Change is inevitable, Growth is optional”. One of my fave quotes. People need to get over it.


kludgymom April 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

LOVE it.

Kris April 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm


Dr. Mobi October 9, 2012 at 8:31 am

Every iPhone user was sad about Instagram losing its sheen as it was available only for iOS earlier. With it being available for Android, we can have a look at the number of people posting Instagram photos on Facebook and Twitter.. The number has increased tremendously!

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