If you a fan of Instagram, you might have been worried when Facebook bought the company and released a competing social photography app in Facebook Camera. Will Instagram be phased out? Will it still include support for Facebook’s social network competition like Tumblr, Twitter, Flickr, and FourSquare? If Instagram’s significant updates since the purchase of the company didn’t reassure you, statements from both Instagram and Facebook affirm that Instagram will continue to be developed independently from Facebook.
On Instagram’s blog, the team mentions that the deal between Facebook and Instagram has been finalized and the developers are moving into Facebook’s campus. The message also says that the developers will “work together to evolve and build a better Instagram for everyone.” This likely includes users of other services, which are now all immediately visible on the Share Photo page.
Meanwhile, Mike Schroepfer, the Vice President of Engineering at Facebook posted a short press release which says that “Instagram will continue to serve its community”, but also mentions that Facebook will be working with Instagram’s developers to “improve the mobile experience.” This likely means that improvements to Instagram will find their way upstream to Facebook Camera and the main Facebook mobile app. Facebook does seem to migrate its features between apps, as we’ve recently seen Facebook for the iPhone overhauled with Facebook Camera-like picture viewing and comments.
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