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Instagram crosses 500 million members

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MUMBAI: Facebook announced yesterday at Cannes that its Instagram community has grown to more than 500 million (50 crore), of which more than 300 million use Instagram every single day. Facebook claimed that Instagram’s community continued to become even more global, with more than 80 percent living outside of the United States.

While thanking its community, an Instagram blog message said, “As you’ve captured and shared the moments happening around you, you’ve formed incredibly varied and diverse communities. Whether you’re an illustrator, a sneakerhead or an astronaut on the International Space Station, every photo and video you share helps bring people closer to friends and interests, broadens perspectives and inspires a sense of wonder. You’ve made Instagram a place where the everyday and the epic are always within reach.”

“Thank you for your creativity, your openness and your passion for sharing your worlds with one another. We can’t wait to see what you create next”.

Instagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and launched in October 2010 as a free mobile app. Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing, and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them either publicly or privately on the app, as well as through a variety of other social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr. It was acquired by Facebook in April 2012 for approximately $1 billion in cash and stock.

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