Facebook now officially owns Instagram

Facebook and Instagram deal is officialInstagram is now officially a part of the Facebook family. This after the social networking giant completed its billion dollar buy-out of the photo sharing service.

According to Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, “Very excited to announce that we’re now officially joining the Facebook family.”

“I’m psyched for the next chapter of this long journey,” he exclaimed.

The Facebook-Instagram deal met some harsh times as American regulators investigated the deal. It was only last month that they closed the investigation.

According to Marck Zuckerberg, “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 interests.”

Although now owned by Facebook, Instagram will work on its own. According to RFK Solutions Ltd, this is a great move by the company as employees of the photo sharing app can continue to develop and improve the services of Instagram.

Mike Schroper, vice president of Facebook noted, “So many of us at Facebook love using Instagram to share moments with our friends. That’s why we’re so excited to bring Instagram to Facebook and swee what we can create together.”

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Facebook phone to be similar to Razr and HTC phones?

Analysts have pointed out that a Facebook branded smartphone is about to pop up in the shelves soon. Speculations seem to have met in them as a number of sources have revealed that a new concept design has emerged on what the Facebook phone might actually look like.

Though rumors have been spreading for quite some time already, there has been no actual proof that would say that there really is a Facebook smartphone on the pipeline of the social networking giant.

However, a report by T3 points out that the Facebook phone will tout an aluminum design that features looks that are similar to a number of existing smartphones in the market: Motorola Razr and some HTC handsets.

It is good to note that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg brought a lead Apple engineer. To possibly help Facebook develop their own smartphone? This might very well be.

According to a Facebook employee, whose name we shall omit from this article, “Mark is worried that if he doesn’t create a mobile phone in the near future that Facebook will simply become an app on other platforms.”

Do you think that would be good for Facebook to enter the smartphone wars currently being dominated by Apple and Samsung?

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Facebook Page numbers set to nose dive

Facebook has announced that Page admins are about to see radical changes in their numbers. According to the company, the metric that is based on Facebook check-ins will nose dive in the next few weeks.

This is due to the social networking site changing the way they tally the Page mentions on the social network. They are limiting users to one check-in for every page per 12 hours.

Facebook released this statement pertaining the change:

“We will be revising the total check-in number on Facebook pages to provide a more accurate picture of how people are visiting your business. If someone checks into your business multiple times within a 12-hour period, that action will be counted as one unique check-in. previously, if an individual checked into your business multiple times, each check-in was tallied toward your page’s total number of check-ins.

When people tag their friends at your business location and upload a photo, those photo tags will be counted in aggregate. For example, if someone uploaded 20 photos to an album from a specific location, we’ll now count that as a single check-in. but if someone checks in to a location and tags five friends in the photo they upload with the check-in, the total check-ins number will be six – that person’s check-in plus those for their five friends.”

This seems to be a fair, reasonable and logical choice for the social networking magnate.

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