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Instagram Looks Like Facebook’s Best Hope

By Bloomberg.com

With lawmakers and users on the warpath, it could be Mark Zuckerberg's way out of the latest data scandalRead full story

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  • Facebook is the one app I use to stay in touch with family members. There is no other app out there with that same level of power. When there was the E. coli outbreak in Chipotle stores, people thought that was the end for the company. However, Chipotle owned up to the mistake and put a lot of focus on food safety. They brought their company back to life and I believe that Facebook has the potential to do the same.

  • Ian Kumamoto
    Ian Kumamoto Student at New York University

    “Just as Facebook users weren’t emotionally equipped to handle fake news, [Roger McGee] warns, Instagram users are being exposed to unhealthy visions of what is normal, leading to body shaming and other feelings of inadequacy. “

    I respectfully disagree with McGee’s opinion. As the article noted, Instagram attracts a younger audience, mostly people who have grown up with social media and the internet. I firmly believe that the people less “emotionally equipped” to navigate the medium are older generations

    “Just as Facebook users weren’t emotionally equipped to handle fake news, [Roger McGee] warns, Instagram users are being exposed to unhealthy visions of what is normal, leading to body shaming and other feelings of inadequacy. “

    I respectfully disagree with McGee’s opinion. As the article noted, Instagram attracts a younger audience, mostly people who have grown up with social media and the internet. I firmly believe that the people less “emotionally equipped” to navigate the medium are older generations that don’t tend to be on the app. As a millennial, I mostly see positivity on Instagram, much more so than on Facebook because the act of “following” someone implies an existing rapport (since keeping a good following-to-follower ratio is important on Instagram)

  • Jing Cao
    Jing CaoQuartz

    “In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Krieger—dressed as usual in a button-front shirt rolled to the elbows, with wire-frame glasses and hair combed back with gel—says Instagram is about truly knowing people, even if you’ve never met them. “ 🙄

    Right. Instagram is definitely all about revealing your real self. Hence the numerous filters to make a photo look more appealing. The hours spent laboring over picking the right outfit, posing with the right facial expression in front of the right

    “In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Krieger—dressed as usual in a button-front shirt rolled to the elbows, with wire-frame glasses and hair combed back with gel—says Instagram is about truly knowing people, even if you’ve never met them. “ 🙄

    Right. Instagram is definitely all about revealing your real self. Hence the numerous filters to make a photo look more appealing. The hours spent laboring over picking the right outfit, posing with the right facial expression in front of the right background, choosing the one picture out of a thousand to post.

    Sure Instagram may not have the same kind of toxicity Facebook created, but it has generated just as toxic if not more toxic communities. Like Roger McNamee says in the story, Facebook is a result of conscious design decisions made for the sake of maximizing advertising and Instagram is the same.

  • Dominic Chu
    Dominic ChuMarkets Reporter at CNBC

    If you use social media, just understand that you are the product, not the consumer...everything comes with a cost...there’s no free lunch.

    So...if you aren’t paying for it, someone else is. I came to this realization years ago when I signed up for a grocery store shoppers’ club. I get cheaper prices on goods, they get to track my purchasing decisions & habits. I remain ok with that arrangement...as I do with my level of participation on social media...now may be a good time for folks to re-evaluate their social media footprint as well.

  • Max Lockie
    Max LockiePlatform Editor at Quartz

    The brand separation is very real.

    In NYC there was some overlap between the FB and Instagram teams, but mostly on the ad sales side. Instagram people got their own building to work in.

    Working at FB I felt more connected to their wireless internet drones than I did Instagram, but that's a whole other story.

  • Although Instagram is definitely more widely used by a younger audience, Facebook definitely still has “features” they need to work out within the app to really cement its place in the social media landscape.

    One “feature” that Instagram introduced was getting rid of chronological posts and bumping up posts the app believes users want to see based on an algorithm.

    To this day myself and other people my age hate this feature, and beg consistently for Instagram to bring back chronological order

    Although Instagram is definitely more widely used by a younger audience, Facebook definitely still has “features” they need to work out within the app to really cement its place in the social media landscape.

    One “feature” that Instagram introduced was getting rid of chronological posts and bumping up posts the app believes users want to see based on an algorithm.

    To this day myself and other people my age hate this feature, and beg consistently for Instagram to bring back chronological order to its feed. And with good reason, apps like Twitter and Tumblr that have kept the chronological have maintained their status in the social media for (I argue) this exact reason.

  • Mark  White
    Mark White Founder at White Label Media

    Fascinating how Instagram’s founders deliberately stayed away from sharing mechanisms that have become some of FB’a biggest Achilles heels. They must be thanking their lucky (highly intuitive) stars

  • David Yakobovitch
    David YakobovitchAI Professor at Galvanize

    Sounds like an ideal opportunity for Snapchat to regain market share at this time as well.

  • Vidya S.
    Vidya S.

    I use Instagram nearly everyday, despite never having a Facebook account. I am appreciative of the fact that it was left relatively unchanged since its acquisition by Facebook. I hope it stays that way.

    But I am astounded by the number of people who don’t know that Facebook owns Instagram - and WhatsApp.

  • Ajay Desai
    Ajay DesaiDirector of Strategy at The A.I. Company

    People who believe in Facebooks potential to become ethical are deaf, dumb, and blind to the machinations of Peter Thiel. You think? I doubt you have the experience to know why you think.

  • Maria Clara Roque
    Maria Clara Roque

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