So apparently Instagram was a good “get” for Facebook — the site announced on their blog that they now have over 300 million followers, which would make it more popular than Twitter. Apparently, people really like pictures of other people’s lunches. And sunsets.
Twitter currently boasts about 284 million active monthly users, but Instagram has increased in usage and followers steadily over the last several years, growing, as Re/code points out, by over 50 percent in the last nine months. Crazy.
Kevin Systrom, CEO of Instagram, wrote on the blog posting: We’re proud to announce that there are now more than 300 million Instagrammers,” Mr. Systrom wrote. “Over the past four years, what began as two friends with a dream has grown into a global community that shares more than 70 million photos and videos each day.”
The site, which was obtained by Facebook in 2012, now also will be offering certified accounts for celebs and notable users as well as cracking down on spam and bogus accounts. So if your Instagram account is nothing more than photos you took of a sumptuous and reasonably priced meal at McDonald’s, you might be booted. Of course, now that they’re ahead of Twitter, Instagram probably doesn’t want to boot too many fake accounts … so you might be okay.