First, congratulations to the folks at Instagram, who built something that was so valuable to Facebook and managed to get a great exit.
Me, I suspect that Facebook did it so they can gradually sepia-tone all your photos, but that’s not important right now.
I was struck by the nature of this article by the fine folks at Petapixel: “Instaport Lets You Download All Your Instagram Photos as a Zip File.” The article starts “Unhappy with Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram and want to flee the photo sharing service?”
Fleeing Facebook is no longer something for the digerati and the privacy nuts. Now it’s presented as a reasonable response to Facebook acquiring Instagram.
That’s a good sign for the theory that all general purpose social networks eventually get overwhelmed with people you don’t care about, and perhaps a bad sign for those who bought Facebook stock at a $100 Billion valuation.