- How much money do you need to book Beyoncé for your wedding? Monday 8:00 PM
- Twitter is stoked about Netflix’s Fyre Fest documentary Monday 7:37 PM
- Jacquees launches Twitter debate after calling himself ‘King of R&B’ Monday 6:52 PM
- Watch a British politician steal a ceremonial mace to halt Brexit proceedings Monday 6:07 PM
- Dog waits for weeks by his family’s burned house after California wildfire Monday 5:45 PM
- Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes suspended from YouTube Monday 3:46 PM
- The best sex toys for couples to heat up the holidays Monday 3:35 PM
- Chrissy Teigen shares tattoo her dad got of her face for her birthday Monday 3:31 PM
- Kavanaugh votes against hearing Planned Parenthood defunding case Monday 3:14 PM
- YouTube’s 2018 Rewind video is one of the most-hated videos of all time Monday 12:37 PM
- Roger the buff kangaroo has died at the age of 12 Monday 12:34 PM
- Elon Musk says no one is censoring his tweets Monday 12:22 PM
- Netflix drops trailer for heist movie starring Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac Monday 12:18 PM
- Offset tweeted about missing Cardi B—and the internet isn’t having it Monday 12:17 PM
- Why this wild Trump resignation conspiracy theory really makes a lot of sense Monday 12:14 PM
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom announced the milestone in a wistful blog post.
Instagram now has more than 100 million active monthly users.
That’s quite a jump from last month, when the company revealed it then had 90 million people actively using the service on a monthly basis.
In a wistful blog post discussing Instagram’s early days, CEO Kevin Systrom claimed the latest figure is an “accomplishment for our community.” He also noted some of the more inspiring uses of Instagram, such as a couple meeting and falling in love through the community, and Kathryn Mahoney’s stunning documentation of life in a remote South Sudan refugee camp.
To mark the occasion, Instagram asked users to take photos of what Instagram means to them, using the tag #InstagramMeansToMe. It promised to share some of the best on its own account, which has more than 17.4 million followers.
Instagram’s a vibrant community that demands the constant attention of those who participate, with every photo potentially revealing something interesting about their friends, a snapshot of a stranger’s life, or a breaking news event.
It took Instagram more than two years to become a 100-million-strong community, sharing more than 40 million photos a day. Parent company Facebook has 10 times as many monthly users, while Twitter reached 200 million towards the end of last year.
In December, Instagram came under fire over a proposed terms of service (ToS) change. Many users threatened to quit over the belief that Instagram would have the right to sell their photos. Some, including Pink and National Geographic, decided to leave before Instagram recanted and instead made a few minor changes to the original ToS, including the sharing of data with Facebook.
Earlier this month, it filed to dismiss a lawsuit over the changes.
Instagram has had more than 100 million user accounts since September, but it is in the number of active monthly users we see the true breadth of the community and how often its members are participating.
Photo by @Instagram/Instagram
Based in Montreal, Kris Holt has been writing about technology and web culture since 2010. He writes for Engadget and Tech News World, and his byline has also appeared in Paste, Salon, International Business Times, Mashable, and elsewhere.