What’s Next for Tumblr and Instagram

From The New York Times:

David Karp, the chief executive of Tumblr, and Kevin Systrom, the chief executive of Instagram, gave some hints Monday about where their services were headed or not headed during interviews on the stage of the GigaOm Roadmap conference in San Francisco.

Mr. Systrom, who recently sold his photo-sharing site to Facebook, said he was not too worried about Twitter adding photo filters to its service. Instagram owed some of its success to allowing people to change the look of photos with filters, he said. “Filters are pretty ubiquitous at this point,” he said.

He said he did not expect an Instagram for video anytime soon either from Facebook or an upstart because data speeds were too slow for people to post quickly and download quickly to watch. He also said that unlike still photos, videos took time to edit and were difficult to flick through. “Someone is going to work on it and do it very well,” he conceded, though.

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