Instagram now has 500 million users


Instagram is getting bigger and bigger and now has over 500 million users with around 300 million of those logging into the app every day.

The site, which is owned by Facebook, has seen it monthly user base double over the last couple of years according to new stats that the company revealed.

According to the figures, 95 million photos and videos are shared on the photo-sharing site whilst Instagram itself receives an incredible 4.2 billion likes per day.

To put this in perspective, Snapchat has around 100 million users and Twitter has 310 million users so it is easy to see how far Instagram has come in a short space of time.

80% of Instagram’s users are based outside of the US.

Instagram is credited with playing a major role in the rise of selfies and was where the popular hashtag Throwback Thursday originated – something that is now widely used across a number of different social networks.

Instagram claim that more than 325 million Throwback Thursday or #TBT hashtags have now been posted around the world.

The app was launched back in 2010 and had a very impressive 25,000 downloads on its first day of release. The site was purchased by Facebook in 2012 in a deal believed to be worth in the region of $1 billion made up of both cash and stocks.

The site recently faced a backlash when they ditched their Polaroid camera-inspired logo for a completely new design that seemed to upset a lot of users.


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