Amazon Spark, competitor to Instagram shuts down

Published: Jun 15, 2019, 09:08 IST | mid-day online desk

Amazon declined to comment on the apparent shutdown of Spark but the service is gone from the website and app

Amazon Spark, competitor to Instagram shuts down

San Francisco: Amazon Spark, touted to be a competitor to Instagram, has shut down less than two years since after its launch in July 2017. Spark was focused on users posting images, stories and ideas about products and purchases and was originally launched only for Amazon Prime members. Other users could then react with 'smiles' and comments. Spark was primarily focused on shopping and sale, even as it was Instagram's competitor.

While it tried to mock the Instagram aesthetic at times with fashion inspiration images or highly posed travel photos, it lacked the photo-sharing app's broader appeal. Your friends weren't there and there weren't any Instagram Stories, for example. Everything felt too transactional, according to the TechCrunch. The TechCrunch report added, "Amazon declined to comment on the apparent shutdown of Spark but the service is gone from the website and app."

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