Instagram, the iOS only app, recently reported that over 150 million photos have been shared by its users. What makes passing this milestone so amazing is that the app was launched only 10 months ago. Currently, there are over 7 million Instagrammers from around the world sharing photos of friends, family, events, and daily life via this young, intriguing social network.
For those who are not familiar with Instagram, the company describes itself as “fast beautiful photo sharing for your iPhone.” The app, which is free on the iTunes app store and ranked number 17 on iTunes’s Top Free apps, allows users to add vintage filters to their images, creating the feel that the photos were taken from an old photo album. Instagram users can edit photos after snapping them from within the app or choosing existing photos already on their iOS device.
@janefot, a user from Brazil, shared the 150 millionth photo, titled “Carrossel da vida!!!!” The picture is an excellent example of the vintage feel Instagrammers can create with the app.
Similarly to Twitter and Facebook, users can follow their friends, celebrities, and Instagrammers’s photo-streams. Furthermore, the app gives the ability to ♥, or like, and comment on photos. In addition to sharing on the Instagram network, a user’s photo-stream can also be ported and shared over to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and other social media platforms.
Instagrammers are now sharing 15 photos every second. The service really caught on after none other than Justin Bieber tweeted a photo of L.A. traffic to his massive amount drone-like, followers. Leave it to the Biebs to start every trend.
Currently, the Instagram app is exclusive to iOS devices. Android users have been impatiently awaiting a version of the app for their phones. In order to capitalize on the large share of the smartphone market that Android occupies, Instagram is making a great move and has an Android version in its pipeline for release sometime in the future. However, no specific announcement or release date has been given.
Additionally, a revamping of Instagram’s webpage is also under development. Again, no official word has been given, but hopefully users will be able to access their own photo-streams and those of their friends’ as well.
Are you a regular user of Instagram? What do you think of the app?