36 min

Why Instagram Broke Its Square Land of the Giants

    • Technology

When Mark Zuckerberg bought Instagram in 2012, he promised he would be hands-off with the company’s curated aesthetic and simple features. But as Facebook scaled the startup into a social media juggernaut, tensions flared. Instagram’s founders would leave, and it’s now a very different app than when it first started. But are the changes setting the company up to compete in the future? Or is Instagram losing the magic that made it great in the first place? 

Hosted by Shirin Ghaffary (@shiringhaffary) and Alex Heath (@alexeheath)

Subscribe for free. Be the first to hear next week's episode by hitting the plus sign in your favorite podcast app

Follow @recode and @verge for more coverage of Meta and Big Tech


Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

When Mark Zuckerberg bought Instagram in 2012, he promised he would be hands-off with the company’s curated aesthetic and simple features. But as Facebook scaled the startup into a social media juggernaut, tensions flared. Instagram’s founders would leave, and it’s now a very different app than when it first started. But are the changes setting the company up to compete in the future? Or is Instagram losing the magic that made it great in the first place? 

Hosted by Shirin Ghaffary (@shiringhaffary) and Alex Heath (@alexeheath)

Subscribe for free. Be the first to hear next week's episode by hitting the plus sign in your favorite podcast app

Follow @recode and @verge for more coverage of Meta and Big Tech


Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

36 min

More by Recode

New York Magazine
Recode & The Verge
Recode
Recode
Recode