Earlier this week, Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger announced that they will be stepping down from their respective roles in the company. "We’re planning on taking some time off to explore our curiosity and creativity again," Systrom wrote on Instagram's blog. Despite the obviously abrupt announcement, people were not slow to comment that this will be the end of Instagram as we know it and that the photo-sharing app will never be the same again.
But what does it really mean? What may change once the founders leave and how will it affect our experience as users? Before we try to predict what's gonna happen next with Instagram, let's first look at the intertwined developments since Facebook acquired it.
At the start of the acquisition, Instagram, for the most part, was an independent, distinctly separate app from Facebook. It grew and developed a community of its own, where OOTDs, food porn and cat photos flourished. Unlike Facebook, it wasn't built for resharing content instead it encouraged users to upload their original snaps on the platform. As a result, it was deemed as more niche, hip and cool.