Instagram announced that it has grown to over 200 million active users "capturing and sharing their lives every month." The announcement comes about thirteen months after it announced 100 million monthly active users.
Instagram also says it has exceeded 20 billion photos shared to date.
"The vibrance and diversity of this community has increased as it has grown," it says in a blog post. "Over the past six months, we’ve seen new communities coming together in cities and towns across the world, whether they be in Guthrie, Oklahoma, or Guatemala City. With January’s Worldwide InstaMeet 8, we saw record turnouts of communities coming together to form friendships, explore new places and celebrate creativity in all corners of the globe from New Dehli to New York, Bucharest, Nairobi and beyond."
Here's a look at said InstaMeet.
"To the 50 million of you who’ve joined in the last six months, welcome," Instagram continues. "We’re so glad you’re here. And from our team to all 200 million of you, thank you for making Instagram great. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create next."
As for what Instagram itself is creating next, it looks like it's going for replacing Foursquare with Facebook. According to Fast Company, it's testing integration with Facebook Places, which allows people to check in at physical locations. Austin Carr reports:
To tag a location in an Instagram photo, users just have to tap a "name this location" button. A list of nearby venues pops up, along with a search engine, enabling users to tie their pictures to specific locations, whether for an outdoor shot taken in Central Park or a family photo snapped at the Eiffel Tower. Recently, however, Instagram has started toying with the idea of replacing Foursquare's integration with Facebook Places. As some Instagram users have noticed, Instagram has updated its app for a subset of its shutterbugs so that it now uses Facebook's Places' database instead of Foursquare's.
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