“Instagram just robbed Snapchat, they picked their pocket and stole their lunch money. I mean this is the most unoriginal, blatant theft of intellectual property…Not cool Instagram”- Christian Winthrop
The following post is going to be a bit of a rant but I think it will prove to be an important
one for those of you who use any social media platforms owned by Facebook such as Instagram. If you are an Instagrammer you would have likely gotten a notification on Tuesday (August 2nd) that Instagram, an app which was acquired by Facebook in 2012 for 1 billion dollars, has now added a feature called:
Snapchat-Story InstagramStory. And for those of you familiar with both Instagram and Snapchat, it became clear rather quickly that Instagram blatantly copied the Snapchat platform,with very little shame, even down to its name; “story”.
It’s important to note that Facebook tried to acquire SnapChat in 2013 for a reported 3 billion dollars. That offer was rejected by Snapchat CEO who at the time was quoted as saying the following:
“There are very few people in the world who get to build a business like this,”
“I think trading that for some short-term gain isn’t very interesting.”
But now Snapchat is feeling the squeeze from the Mark Zuckerberg
masterplan of either acquiring all competing social medias for Facebook or shamelessly copying them. And that’s exactly what we as users should be concerned about; the protection of startups who are being stepped on by the big bad wolf who wants to dominate the market. Mind you, this is not the first time Mark Zuckerberg has tried to rip off Snapchat
and in fact, there have been four desperate attempts at doing so in the past couple of years. Which speaks volumes about the threat Snapchat presents to the Facebook corporation, whose only survival tactic at this point is stealing.
Speaking of stealing, did you guys notice “Facebook-Live” is an exact replica of Periscope
. That’s right, the “innovative” Facebook-Live service which Zuckerberg has been walking around all proud of is almost entirely copied from Periscope-live, once again down to its details such as displaying user interaction on top of the live feed.
“Make no mistake, Facebook is gunning to take out Periscope and also Snapchat,” -Brian Solis.
Social Media platform such as Facebook and Instagram are considered today as their own search engines (in some ways just as powerful as google) & advertising companies know this for a fact. Therefore, the interest to keep these platforms relevant & users on them active is of the utmost importance for Zuckerberg. But to savagely take down the underdog startup companies, as Facebook has been freely doing, should raise red flags for us all as users. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of social media platforms, even Facebook and Instagram but what I am not a fan of is Social Media Monopoly
on a global scale.
(I would love to hear your thoughts on this so please feel free to share your comments below.) And just for the sheer fun of it all here are the best tweets from Snapchat employees I found that are PERFECT: