I have to admit that personally I have not used Instagram that much, especially because I do not take a whole lot of photos with my smartphone. I take photos, but am not as much a photographer during my normal working hours than I probably should be. And when I am actually not working, I do not make it a habit of carrying a smartphone. It looks like a lot of people besides me actually do use Instagram, and for that nine-person staff, I whole heartedly congratulate them on this new acquisition.
What's interesting to note, is that company, now worth a billion dollars in cash and stock, only has 9 employees, who all became millionaires virtually overnight with the acquisition by Facebook. Facebook will apparently be building on Instagram’s strengths and features and growing the app independently rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.
Mashable is also reporting that "Facebook plans on keeping features within the app that allow photos to be published on other social networks, and the ability to have followers and follow people who are not necessarily your Facebook friends."
So, if you are into taking photos and you're not an Instagram user yet, then you might as well get on board with Instagram right now, as it apparently is going to be a bigger part of our online social lives than we think. Especially because Instagram has just gone mainstream.