Instagram has passed a major social milestone as it reports over 300 million active users of their service. In a blog post earlier today, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom thanked users, provided a few stats, and announced several new features to the popular
food photo sharing service.
It seems those 300 million active users are sharing over 70 million photos and videos per day. That’s an impressive number of old-timey-filtered
dinner photos shared. Additionally, he touted a few recent features to the service including a People tab – which highlights interesting accounts that you might like – and improvements to their search functions.
Lest you think that celebrities, brands, and athletes would be left out in the proverbial cold, fear not! Verified account badges were also announced! This will ensure that you really are looking at Taylor Swift’s
sandwich vacation photos, and not some regular person’s hoagie beach pics.
Last but not least, Mr. Systrom announced a new crusade to remove fake and spam accounts from the service. Instagram has already started permanently deleting these accounts, so you should not seem them in your follower counts anymore. Curious that they didn’t remove all of these accounts BEFORE announcing a major milestone in users, but that’s none of my business. Either way, you should start seeing less spam accounts posting
actual spam spammy pictures and posts in the near future.
Are you one of the 300 million active users (or spam accounts) on Instagram? What are your favorite things about the service? Let us know in the comments, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter (no Instagram account, sorry!)