Instagram has become one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. In fact, it is the second largest networking site ever. At present, Instagram has over a billion monthly active users and continues to grow every day. But, could it ever be as big as Facebook? Will Instagram replace Facebook in the near future?
Perhaps it is too soon to say. But to be honest, I am inclined to think it will eventually. Currently, Facebook is the king of all social media platforms. It has over 2 billion active users all over the world, and tons of features we all love. However, there are certain things that have led me to believe that Facebook could soon be replaced by Instagram. And here are the details.
There was a time when Facebook was a family site where we could all do things such as sharing our photos, or chat with our friends. People in general were more than pleased with how well the site used to work when it was launched.
Indeed, the success of Facebook and the huge media coverage it had, led to literally millions of people all over the world joining the site. Of course, this represented a massive opportunity for CEO Mark Zuckerberg to make some changes and start making money.
So, Facebook went from being just a social media platform to becoming one of the most profitable business ever. But, here’s the thing, the more success Facebook had, the more problems it had to face. Eventually, Facebook became popular for its scandals.
For instance, 2018 was one of the worst years for the platform. So much so that Facebook was involved in over 21 scandals that made it to the news. But, perhaps the worst of all was that of Cambridge Analytica.
You see, Facebook allowed an outside party to collect the data of 87 million users to later be used for political purposes. Evidently, this caused people to lose the trust they had in Facebook. As a result, many users decided to delete their accounts.
Now, the second reason why I believe Instagram will eventually replace Facebook is that it has better features. But, that’s not all really, Instagram also releases new features more often than Facebook does. Moreover, the photo-sharing platform also shares many of the features we can find on Facebook.
For example, both Facebook and Instagram have Stories, and private messaging. But, there’s more. Every time Facebook releases a new feature it’s just a matter of time until that same feature is launched on Instagram.
So far, we have Facebook dating and games. Something we still cannot use on Instagram, but could soon develop. It almost looks as if Facebook is making a quiet transition of its features to its second most used platform.
The Time Span
Incredibly, Instagram grows at an amazing pace. In fact, just in 2012, before it was acquired by Facebook, Instagram had 50 million users. Now, 7 years later it has surpassed the 1 billion mark. That is over 900 million people who decided to join ever since.
Facebook, on the other hand, has been part of our lives since 2004. Almost 2 decades later it has managed to get over 2 billion people to join. So, if we follow the time pattern, and consider people no longer trust Facebook as they did before, we can assume Instagram will eventually reach Facebook’s number of users.
After all, the photo-sharing app did manage to gain its first billion users in just 7 years. Imagine how big the platform will be in 7 years time.
Instagram does indeed have a lot of potential to become the next Facebook. But, the truth is that despite all its positive aspects, we are still a long road from seeing this actually happening. Perhaps, in half a decade we will finally see the photo sharing app taking over Facebook.
However, we can’t assure anything at the moment. All we know is that even if Instagram manages to position itself as the number one social media platform in the world, people will still use Facebook – no matter what.
After all, both platforms are essential for literally millions of businesses all over the world. So, for now we just have to wait and see how things develop in the future.