Facebook’s motivation for the $1 billion dollar purchase of the Internet darling, Instagram, is definitely a big deal. Only two years old but boasting some 30 million users, Instagram is beloved by many—the V3 team included. And it’s really no surprise. Rich media and storytelling through images is big—and getting bigger. And Facebook has made no secret of its interest in being the go-to storytelling platform—for individuals and for brands. And part of the way to do that is to make some significant inroads in the mobile space—and that’s partly what this purchase allows Facebook to do.
As expected, many Instagram users are up in arms about this acquisition by Facebook and the “I’m deleting my account” comments and posts in the social media space run rampant. We tend to sit back and watch these things as they unfold and avoid making hasty judgments and sweeping pronouncements. It would sure be a shame to see Instagram go the path of so many other cool platforms acquired by big companies and then shuttered, so we hope that’s not in Instagram’s future.
And for now, we’ll sit back and watch. And since we share a vast majority of the photos we take on Instagram on Facebook anyway, to us, it doesn’t seem like such a huge deal. What about you? Are you a hater or does this really not matter all that much to you?
If you’re a hater (which is cool—we don’t judge), and want to know how to export your photos and close your account, here’s how to do it.
Before you pull the plug, make sure you export all of your Instagram photos. Try Instaport (pictured below), which allows you to export to a .zip file or, in the coming weeks, to sites like Flickr. A word of caution? Instaport is experiencing unusually high traffic right now, so you may need to check back to complete the export process.
Once your photos are exported, simply notify Instagram that you want to delete your account.
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