Instagram Tops 100 Million Monthly Active UsersBy: Josh Wolford - February 26, 2013
Instagram has just announced a major milestone: 100 million monthly active users.
It comes just five weeks after the photo-sharing network announced 90 million MAUs and a little of ten months after being acquired by Facebook.
“Now, nearly two and a half years later, over 100 million people use Instagram every month. It’s easy to see this as an accomplishment for a company, but I think the truth is that it’s an accomplishment for our community. Now, more than ever, people are capturing the world in real-time using Instagram—sharing images from the farthest corners of the globe. What we see as a result is a world more connected and understood through photographs,” says Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom.
When Instagram announced 90 million MAUs back in January, it was the first time that they had ever reported official active users numbers. Some speculated that the timing had something to do with reports (however misleading) that Instagram was leaking users.
“Images have the ability to connect people from all backgrounds, languages and cultures. They connect us to aid workers halfway across the world in Sudan, to entrepreneurs in San Francisco and even to events in our own backyards. Instagram, as a tool to inspire and connect, is only as powerful as the community it is made of. For this reason, we feel extremely lucky to have the chance to build this with all of you. So from our team to the hundred million people who call Instagram home, we say thank you. Thank you for sharing your world and inspiring us all to do the same,” says Systrom.
Instagram says that they are processing 40 million photos per day, plus 8,500 likes and 1,000 comments per second. Earlier this month, the company launched a new web feed and for the first time a true web experience.