Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday assured fans of Instagram that the service will not be assimilated into the company’s infrastructure. I.e. it won’t be killed off to become a Facebook feature. Zuck’s comments put to rest a long-standing question after the company scooped up the photo-sharing app for a billion dollars earlier this year.
Zuck claims the acquisition was merely as a way to help Instagram grow, and a way for the companies to work closer together. “We’ll treat them like an open graph partner,” Zuckerberg said.
It’ll be interesting to see just how far Zuckerberg lets integration between the two entities go without a full on absorption. As The Verge notes, drawing the line down the road might be easier said than done. The big blue social network already as its own Camera app tied to the service, while Instagram has its own growing user base. The two work extremely well on their own right, and let’s up it stays that way into the future.