Facebook's Instagram Now Boasts 700 Million Users

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Instagram had 500 million users in June previous year, and took about 6 months to reach another 100 million users in December.

The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app company said that the latest 100 million users joined faster than ever, highlighting the fact that the last count of 600 million was four months ago.

The network attributes its accelerated growth to global expansion, along with the success of new features like Stories, live video, and disappearing messages in Direct.

"The primary reason we've scaled more quickly in the last 100 million is that we've figured out that as we've scaled, we've had to unbreak ourselves", he said.

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Instagram has eclipsed 700 million active monthly users, with people signing up on the platform at a faster pace than ever before, the Financial Times reports.

The company thanked its users for their support in the blog post. While Instagram grows, Twitter falters, and many ponder where the ultra-popular microblogging service will go from here on out. Interestingly enough, approximately 560 million of Instagram's total user base now resides outside of the United States, a data point which speaks to the site's broad appeal across the globe. The photo-sharing service reached 300 million and 400 million users in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Instagram Stories were initially inspired by Snapchat's own Snapchat Stories and many industry analysts praised the California-based firm for the aforementioned achievement, claiming that Instagram beat Snapchat at its own game.

Instagram has doubled in size in just two years. Soon it might join Facebook's other properties in the billion-user club, since WhatsApp and Messenger have 1.2 billion users and Facebook 1.8 billion.

Instagram's got new growth numbers.

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