- Yahoo! Canada Finance. Published this piece: Facebook acquires Instagram: What’s behind the bold, billion-dollar buy
- CTV News Channel. Spoke with Jacqueline Milczarek and Dan Matheson. Video here.
- 1290 CJBK London. Chatted with Al Coombs as part of our weekly tech talk segment.
- News 88.9 Saint John, NB. Spoke with Tyler McLean (McLean in the Morning).
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Facebook buys Instagram. My $0.02.
So Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion. In the overall scheme of things, it's not an earth-shattering event. As I write this, the Pacific Rim is under a tsunami alert in the wake of an 8.7 magnitude earthquake off of Sumatra. As the world waits for news and ponders the eerie similarities to the 2004 quake/tsunami, it's hard for me to think a software-driven business deal that allows folks to share pictures from their smartphones ranks anywhere near this.
Closer to home, two motorists died overnight in a violent head-on crash barely 10 minutes from my house. The planet indeed moves in funny, often unfair ways, and we have little control over how the script plays out.
Perspective aside, I wanted to share some of my coverage of the Facebook/Instagram story. Not because it's earth shattering, but because it isn't. Because it's another step along a path that, bit by bit, is rewriting the way we communicate with each other. Which when pondered in the context of a global-scale natural event like an earthquake, maybe isn't so trivial after all.