December 10, 2012

Facebook Puts on Big Boy Pants and Decides to Integrate Instragram Data


The huge social media platform known as Facebook originally advertised to its user base that the fate of seamlessly integrating Instragam data into the website would only be possible if they took the bull by the horns and voted either in favor or against the sites’ functions merging. After receiving nearly 588,803 votes or 88 percent that didn’t want to see the changes made and 79,697 of the total 668,500 voting population in support of said alterations, due to the fact that a small percentage of users only estimated at 30 percent voted Facebook has decided to go against the majority and implement the changes any way.

Officially coming to a close at noon pacific time, only 0.0668 percent of the site’s user base voiced their opinion at all, something pretty alarming to a company that touts itself as remaining at the cutting edge of technology and actively involving its diverse base of consumers.  And because the 300 million vote threshold that was required for the decision to be made wasn’t reached, Facebook is revealing   the changes might just be made regardless, a recent article stated.

“Instead of putting changes up for comment and then a vote if 7,000 comments are received, Facebook will now attempt to pull in more qualitative feedback on how users feel about proposed site governance and policy changes. Users will be able to submit questions to the sites and chime in on webcasts with Facebook’s policy team. Though this might be seen a slight to users, the old voting system was badly broken,” the piece added.

So, what does the combination of Facebook information and Instragram data mean to the end-user? Well for one, any Instagram user that also has a Facebook account could find themselves being overloaded with ads that were sent to them based upon their preferences highlighted on Facebook. This can be done vice versa with Instagram, a site doesn’t show any ads just yet but could in the not so distant future.

It was only last week that TechZone 360 reported that Twitter is blaming Instagram for the problems that are arising when someone tries to view photos from Instagram via Twitter. The photographs are appearing to look distorted as if they had been awkwardly cropped.

This accusation prompted Instagram Chief Executive and Co-Founder, Kevin Systrom to debut the following statement, “A handful of months ago, we supported Twitter cards because we had a minimal Web presence. We’ve since launched several improvements to our website that allow users to directly engage with Instagram content through likes, comments, hashtags, and now we believe the best experience is for us to link back to where the content lives.”

To read the full report, click here.




Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli



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