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Amazon’s New Spark Feature Is Coming For Instagram (But It Probably Won’t Catch It)
On Tuesday, Amazon launched Spark, a new feature in its mobile app that allows users to create and shop feeds according to their interests. The Spark feed is similar to Instagram’s, full of photos, captions, and hashtags. But the intention behind Spark isn’t sharing photos, moments, stories, or thoughts — it’s buying and selling.
There are stories and photos and moments on Spark, but the raison d’être of the feature is to highlight products that are sold on Amazon. Users can post content, comment on, and like (or “smile” as Amazon calls it) like they would on a social network, but Spark, at least for now, is a long way from actually being a social network.