So this isn't an actual Smiths lyric, but this bastardised version has been rattling around in my head while thinking about the whole Instagram + Facebook thing over the last week. In trying to figure out how I feel about it I keep returning to a couple of ideas.
Primarily, the fragility of my relationship with services that I've grown to depend on. Somewhat crazily, I started to consider photo sharing as a kind of human right. Ok, I am not by any means saying it's on a par with access to clean water or safety from repression, but it's become an essential part of my daily life and something I derive a great deal of wellbeing from. Instagram has become the first social digital experience that I consider to be a connection between not just my friends and co-workers, but also a way of sharing with my family. This isn't the case with twitter where a. my family wouldn't have any idea what the hell I was talking about b. Would be bemused by relentless stream of techie links and in-jokes c. horror at the impotent fury with which I lead my daily existence. Whereas, Facebook is somewhere you actively avoid connecting with your mother. She might just see you as you really are.
We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.
This one Zuck did alone, taking just three days for solo negotiations with Systrom.
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