Instagram gets 50 million users; 5 million new users a week

A month ago Instagram released its long awaited Android app, joining its previously released iOS version. A few days later, Facebook, or rather its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, bought the photo sharing and altering app for a cool $1 billion. Now there's new information that suggests the app continues to gain popularity.

Mashable reports that according to Instagram's own API, the app now has over 50 million users. A month ago, Instagram said that the app had "just" 30 million users. That means the app has generated five million new users every week since the Android app was released and after its acquisition by Facebook.

The article also notes that according to the Google Play page for Instagram, the app crossed the 10 million download level a couple of days ago. At this current pace it could match the number of iOS Instagram users in just a few months.

The big question is: Can Instagram continue to add new users at this pace? There are certainly a lot of Android-based smartphones and devices out there that haven't downloaded the app yet. Of course, Instagram could decide to launch a Blackberry or Windows Phone version at some point, now that they have all that Facebook money to work with.

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I think people like it because it's simple, while offering many option still. A couple of click and you can be online with a cool effect..

What's the thing with sharing your photos anyway? Unless you're in a contest and need your ego filled, this isn't exactly right for that either.
Come on, there are lot's of apps with much more filters and neat stuff.
I don't hate Instagram, I just don't know what's the fuss all about.
I've tried and went back to Pixl'o'Matic!

MidnightDevil said,
What's the thing with sharing your photos anyway? Unless you're in a contest and need your ego filled, this isn't exactly right for that either.

What's the thing with posting on message boards? It's just about socializing. Nothing weird or wrong about that. Humans are social beings. Mostly.

Trueblue711 said,
I still can't believe they got paid $1 billion for a "Twitter for photos" app.

Maybe you'll start believing it when they have gained 50 million users more.
It's perhaps the strongest mobile photo sharing brand today.

Yes, it's a surprising amount of cash, but Facebook is worth a suprising amount of cash, and have a crapload to spend on anything they either like to get, or avoid that competitors will get.

The power of Android is unbelievable. It took Instagram guys a MONTH to make more users than it took them 18 months on iOS. Talk about sheer power of Android platform and number of users.

more likely is that it's getting a lot more publicity now after the acqusition from the media, and also from current users.

Boz said,
The power of Android is unbelievable. It took Instagram guys a MONTH to make more users than it took them 18 months on iOS. Talk about sheer power of Android platform and number of users.

Boz said,
The power of Android is unbelievable. It took Instagram guys a MONTH to make more users than it took them 18 months on iOS. Talk about sheer power of Android platform and number of users.

Give over..

I don't know why all you people a bitching it's just a cool fun app to use for friends I'm sure you can find an app with 1000+ different filters but Instagram was special because it was a community of users and neat looking photos for the average person. Instagram is like a mini facebook and twitter but instead of trending words it was trending photos.

Well considering there are 7 billion people on the planet, minus 50 million already registered... at 5 million per week = 1390 weeks till the whole planet is registered and we can stop hearing about it... yes I know the planet population will continue to grow, but minus those for the people that actually don't care and do not sign up.

xendrome said,
Well considering there are 7 billion people on the planet, minus 50 million already registered... at 5 million per week = 1390 weeks till the whole planet is registered and we can stop hearing about it... yes I know the planet population will continue to grow, but minus those for the people that actually don't care and do not sign up.

ass-u-ming population stays constant. which it does not. so it will take longer than that..

hmm99 said,

ass-u-ming population stays constant. which it does not. so it will take longer than that..

Try reading more than the first two lines of his comment.

Yus! In before all the retards come in to claim that there are better apps out there that do the same things or that the affects are trendy and lame.

Find me another photo sharing community with 50 million users and i'll happily join it.

Slammers said,
Yus! In before all the retards come in to claim that there are better apps out there that do the same things or that the affects are trendy and lame.

Find me another photo sharing community with 50 million users and i'll happily join it.

Flickr... where alot of people learned how to use a camera without this ****

Slammers said,
Well I don't have many friends on Flickr..... and i hate hipsters btw

Then you probably shouldn't use instagram, my buddy John Bell is a huge fricken hipster, and instagram zealot....

How can you be a hipster if you're part of a community of 50 million users, growing by 5 million per week? It's like saying Facebook or Twitter is hip.

All there is here, is one of the fastest camera apps on the market, that also supports filters, and especially a number of social networks. And it has a community. That's all there is to it.

I can't call this app "hip" with a straight face if corporations and celebrities are using it. A social network like Path may be "hip" but not this.