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The Main Differences Between Facebook and Instagram!

Social media domination has grown substantially in recent years, with popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat leading the way. The usage of Social media has increased at an unprecedented rate over the last decade, owing to the dominance of Facebook and Instagram in the social media ecosystem. Social media has seen a considerable increase in active monthly users over the previous two years, and the numbers show no signs of slowing down.

It’s almost amazing to observe how social media has changed over the last decade. Today, social media dominance has reached such proportions that people in the most remote regions of the world are aware of, and likely use, Facebook, and Instagram. In terms of audience reach and engagement, Facebook leads the social media arena, but Instagram may also make a splash. This article examines two major social networking platforms and explains how they vary.

The primary distinction between Instagram and Facebook is that Instagram allows users to publish photographs and short videos, whereas Facebook allows users to share a variety of material, including photos, short and long videos, articles, website links, and quizzes.

Instagram and Facebook are two of the world’s most popular social media networks. Instagram was created in 2010 and has over 2 billion users, whereas Facebook was founded in 2004 and was acquired by Facebook in 2012, and it is now a member of the Facebook family.

What is Instagram?

Instagram is a popular online photo-sharing social media platform and application that is available for free. It allows users to use a mobile app to upload photographs and short videos, add descriptions and hashtags, and share them with other users. Each post made by a user appears in the feeds of their followers. If the user has included hashtags or geotags, the public can see them as well. More crucially, Instagram users can set their profiles to private, allowing only their followers to see their postings. Instagram users can also like, comment on, and share private messages with their connections, much like any other social media network.

When it comes to Instagram’s origins, the word Instagram itself is a combination of “instant camera” and “telegram.” The iOS app version of Instagram was published on October 6, 2010, while the Android app was released on April 3, 2012. Originally, Instagram merely enabled users to share images. Instagram had millions of active users within two years of its launch and drew the attention of Facebook, which officially purchased it.

What is Facebook?

With over 1 billion users, Facebook is the most popular social networking platform in the world today. Mark Zuckerberg founded it in 2004. Anyone above the age of 13 who has a valid email address can join Facebook. It allows users to build free accounts, allowing them to connect with their friends, families, colleagues, and even strangers. Facebook is a social networking site where users may share their photos, videos, music, articles, and ideas and opinions with others.

You can send ‘friend requests’ to people you know (or don’t know) once you’ve registered a free account. When they accept your request, you become ‘friends’ on Facebook, and the two profiles are linked, allowing both users to view what the other is sharing. Facebook users can also include information about themselves on their profiles, such as what they are studying, where they work, their birthdays, and other facts. Their pals have easy access to this information. Users of Facebook can also communicate privately with others online. Facebook also encourages user involvement by providing numerous options such as pages and groups.

Difference between Facebook and Instagram

Facebook and Instagram | Introduction

Facebook is a general social networking website that allows users to build online profiles, post photos and videos, send messages, and communicate with friends, family, and coworkers on a single platform. Instagram, on the other hand, is similar to Facebook but more photo-centric, emphasising photographs and videos. It’s more akin to a photo-sharing app.

Facebook and Instagram | Community

Despite their shared objective, they are two distinct social media sites with distinct networking strategies. Facebook is mostly a community of people who know one other. You can, for example, join a group with your graduation mates, a group with your business colleagues, a group with your family, and so on. Instagram allows you to create and join communities of people who share common interests with you, such as pets, photography, fashion, movies, technology, travel, and so on.

Facebook and Instagram | Consumer Reach

Facebook has been around for significantly longer than almost every other social networking platform, including Instagram. This establishes Facebook as the dominating actor in the social networking community, with a far higher consumer reach and active users. Instagram, despite its quick growth, has a smaller user database in terms of consumer reach, yet it is quite popular among teenagers. Facebook is primarily aimed at people of all ages.

Facebook and Instagram | Mobility

Unlike Facebook, Instagram is primarily reliant on mobility, which means that landing pages should be completely optimised for mobile visitors so that advertisers can make the most of their online presence on Instagram. Even though around one-third of Facebook users log in using their phones, the majority of users prefer mobile websites or online versions of Facebook. It is, nevertheless, well adapted for mobile users.

Facebook and Instagram | Targeting Consumer

Brand awareness is essential in any organisation because it requires you to identify your target audience based on age, gender, hobbies, and so on. Instagram is suitable for businesses targeting a younger market, but Facebook is ideal for firms targeting an older demographic with higher spending power.

Facebook and Instagram | Brand Awareness

Studies suggest brand exposure on Instagram is far more beneficial than on Facebook. Because of all the visually stunning posts, the average engagement per post is higher than on Facebook. Instagram is undeniably more effective than Facebook at raising brand exposure.


While these are the most popular social media sites, they have significant differences on a number of fronts. Instagram is a photo-sharing programme that focuses on photographs and videos. Facebook, on the other hand, is a multidimensional platform that allows you to do anything; you can establish and join groups, purchase, exchange photographs and videos, arrange an event, and much more. Instagram is a tidy software with little clutter that makes it easy to browse and work your way around, but Facebook is a multi-purpose application with many functions that makes it difficult to process everything that’s going on.

Social media is an excellent platform for implementing digital marketing strategies and initiatives. However, when deciding between Instagram and Facebook, there are other aspects to consider.

Even while both platforms offer similar services and operate similarly, they are not the same. Because of this, different strategies tailored to the platform are required. Another thing to consider is that they are both constantly changing. As a result, tactics must also adjust to any newly added features.

Whatever you decide, keep in mind that Shergroup can assist you in creating and sharing content across both channels. Reach out to our social media specialists and use their experience and expertise in growing your social media reach and followers.

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Last updated | 19 July 2023

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