Instagram founder on why his service “is not going away”

by Brad Spirrison

Kevin SystromAs the dust settles from Facebook’s announced $1 billion acquisition of Instagram, avid users of the iOS and Android photo-sharing app have one prevailing question.

How will Instagram change, if at all, now that it is a part of Facebook?

As the deal will not formalize for at least a few weeks, we won’t have any instant answer. In the meantime, below is Instagram founder Kevin Systrom’s official reaction his blog. What do you think?

“When Mike and I started Instagram nearly two years ago, we set out to change and improve the way the world communicates and shares. We’ve had an amazing time watching Instagram grow into a vibrant community of people from all around the globe. Today, we couldn’t be happier to announce that Instagram has agreed to be acquired by Facebook.

“Every day that passes, we see more experiences being shared through Instagram in ways that we never thought possible. It’s because of our dedicated and talented team that we’ve gotten this far, and with the support and cross-pollination of ideas and talent at a place like Facebook, we hope to create an even more exciting future for Instagram and Facebook alike.

“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.”

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