Instagram’s community jumps to 500 million worldwide

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Instagram shared two very impressive statistics today about its community that has been built over the last five years.

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Since launching in October 2015, the service has grown to have 500 million users worldwide. Over 300 million of them are are using Instagram everyday, and more than 80% of those 500 million users are located outside of the United States.

Getting to 500 million users now means that Instagram added 100 million users since September.

Here’s the kind note from the team behind Instagram:

“As you’ve captured and shared the moments happening around you, you’ve formed incredibly varied and diverse communities. Whether you’re an illustrator, a sneakerhead or an astronaut on the International Space Station, every photo and video you share helps bring people closer to friends and interests, broadens perspectives and inspires a sense of wonder. You’ve made Instagram a place where the everyday and the epic are always within reach.

Thank you for your creativity, your openness and your passion for sharing your worlds with one another. We can’t wait to see what you create next.”

Instagram has really come a long way in five years. Originally, the service stuck to photo sharing and was an exclusive to iOS devices; however, Instagram’s developers finally brought the app to Android in April 2012. From then on, we’ve seen a commitment to keep the Android app just as fresh as its iOS sibling. The Facebook-owned brand as a whole received a makeover last month that included a new logo and redesigned apps.

Source: Instagram


About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.