Instagram is a simple social media network that allows people to share pictures as they please. The app works like a blog, where the newest picture is loadest first on the timeline. As people scroll down, older pictures appear. It has become the top visual-picture-sharing network online and the number in users keep growing. According to a new Mashable report published on Sept. 9, Instagram is now planning on following Facebook's advertising plan, where they implemented ads into people's news feeds.
Facebook received great outrage from people, who began seeing unwanted ads from banks to health-related companies on their timelines. Even religions ads would put up once in a while. And it sounds like Instagram actually likes the idea of implementing advertisements into the timelines, meaning users will have to get used to it. “We want to make money in the long term, but we don't have any short-term pressure," Emily White said. White is Instagram's director of business operations. She reveaed that the company will start selling ad-space within the year.
And it really isn't surprising that Instagram will be getting advertisements. Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 for about $750 million, so it isn't surprising that some of Facebook's monetary strategies are being implemented. Given Facebook has made money from their advertisement program, it is only logical to implement it into Instagram. According to the report, “Instagram announced Sunday that it hit 150 million monthly active users, up from 100 million in February and from 30 million when Facebook first announced the acquisition in April of last year.”
Will you stop using Instagram if you start seeing ads?