Facebook buys Instagram for $1 billion

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 4:04pm

Social media giant Facebook says it plans on buying a popular photo called app instagram.
Cary burgland explains how the move could change how we use social media.

Our Facebook pages are pictorial diaries and because we are now so adept doing all of our communicating through our phones, our photography skills are getting better.

At least our eye for a good shot is improving, but on our Facebook page - you get what you get.

Enter Instagram, which turns us from picture taker to photographic artist.

Don't like that shot? Photoshop it into art - blur the foreground or the background, colorize it make it better than real life – then, post it. Its visual storytelling, picture sharing, and for Facebook, a threat to its world dominance!

(sot: maddie mcguire, media socializer)
"Some of my friends will literally post Instagram photos a couple times a day. Almost as if they're posting on a Twitter account or something, they'll post photos with instagram. So it makes sense to me," stated media socializer Maddie McGuire.

Facebook announced it's buying Instagram for $1 billion.

Facebook plans to keep Instagram running independently instead of swallowing it up for its technology. The reach Instagram has among its fans will just further expand Facebook’s reach.

"That's what you need in today's world,” stated McGuire. “You need to have an idea that’s original, creative, and can reach billions of people."

There is however a constant nagging question about who owns the photos and videos you post once you post them. That question just got bigger.

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