Facebook releases “Instagram-like” app

Facebook is at the headlines once again as the company released a new camera app that enables people to take “Instagram-like” photographs that can be shared with iPhones.

According to product manager of Facebook Camera, Dirk Stoop, this new mobile app “makes using Facebook photos faster and easier.”

He added, “You’ll see a feed to great photos from the people you care about. You can swipe to see more of any album or tap to enlarge an individual photo.”

One great feature of the Facebook Camera is that this app makes uploading photos to Facebook easier and faster. This app can let you upload multiple photos simultaneously, instead of uploading them one at a time.

It is good to note that Facebook bought a similar application about a month ago. The company bought Instagram to the sum of a billion dollars to strengthen their stance against other companies such as Google and others.

Mark Zuckerberg said, “For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interest.”

The Facebook Camera app is available at Apple’s App Store.

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Facebook set to buy Instagram

Mark Zuckerberg is going ballistic as his company is said to be the next owner of Instagram.

Facebook is going to pay $1 billion in cash and stock to the 2 year old photo sharing app’s developer in what is said to be the largest acquisition of the social media website month’s prior going public.

By acquiring Instagram, Facebook has prevented other companies from purchasing this solid app. Companies like Twitter and Google Inc. is also rumored to be courting the app developer before he decided to stick with Facebook.

According to Paul Becheit, “Anytime you see a social platform that’s growing that quickly, that’s got to be cause to be nervous. It would be better to have bought Twitter at this stage. So if you’re thinking this could be the next Twitter, it could be a smart thing to do,” he said of Facebook.

The social networking site has traditionally purchased small companies as a means of hiring individuals. They usually discontinue the acquired company’s products or they build a similar one and integrate it to their service.

Gartner analyst Ray Valdes said of the acquisition, “Facebook is acquiring a similar company in that it’s fast growing, doesn’t have revenue or a business model, but has become part of the online culture.”

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