Instagram, one of the top most rated picture sharing applications in the world was suddenly declared as a closed service earlier this week, much to everyone’s shock.
The application had started off around the year 2010, amidst allegations of being a software that was heavily copied from other similar apps that were famous around that time. But that might only have been true for the first few weeks. It took off in terms of performance soon enough, when its new features outsmarted the others that it was originally inspired from.
Borrowing features from other apps has always been a trademark of Instagram. Even till its last few days, it continued taking a lot of inspiration from other apps, particularly from Snapchat. Snapchat inspired it to copy the ‘stories’ feature, and shockingly so, in totality.
More strange is the fact that Instagram was killed off at a time when it was at the peak of its popularity. Having the reputation of being the top most image sharing app in the Apple app store and having more than 500 million users, it was doing more than just fine.
So why was the plug pulled on the app?
When Facebook purchased it, it was thought that the app would end up becoming the lifeline of people, just like Facebook has almost turned out to be. But what actually led to its untimely death was its desperate need to experiment with new features, even if they were actually not letting the app fulfil what it was actually meant to do, that is, share images. More trouble ensued when it tried to let users get access to sharing full albums, instead of a picture at a time. Every time a new feature came up, it became a source of revenue for the app but failed to justify its main function of acting as a good photo sharing app. Another reason why Instagram failed is because it discarded one of its popular features, where it was mandatory for any picture to get 11 likes. As a result, people had access to any kind of picture, no matter how irrelevant or poor the image might be in taste.
With Instagram gone, people will look towards getting busy with services like Hyperlapse, Layout and Boomerang.