It’s our job to figure out profitability.

Can’t just shift that onto our users.

So you can’t make your business model work without charging X? Hell, while doing it for free even.. but that’s what your users demand?

Well then, better figure out a new business model.

There were many instagram competitors, some even had millions in revenue cuz you bought the app. Turns out users want social for free.. which sucked.. until the industry figured out ads as monetization (Courtesy of google/FB for the modern way. Courtesy of GoTo (acq by Yahoo) for first pay for placement.)

Eventually business using a different business model died off allowing instagram to gain a monopoly or oligopoly depending on which way you’re looking at the space.