If you’re an Instagram user, then you’re part of history in the making. The photo sharing network launched exclusively on iOS back in October of 2010, and soon reached Android users as well, and then was snatched up by Facebook in a $1 billion dollar deal.
Today, the Instagram team announced they had surpassed 80 million registered users, with over 4 billion photos shared (just this April, 1 billion photos had been shared):
We’re excited to announce that the Instagram community has grown to over 80 million registered users who have shared nearly 4 billion photos! Since we launched Instagram in October 2010, we’ve expanded from one platform to two, bringing Instagram to Android users as well as iOS users. As the community has grown, we’ve seen people sharing photos from all around the world, from South Korea to Bolivia, and even underwater!
As for Instagram integration with Facebook? According to TechCrunch, CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed no integration has taken place yet
“The acquisition hasn’t closed, so no integration at all yet. There will be an update when that happens.”
It was revealed by the New York Times earlier that Facebook outbid Twitter to acquire Instagram by Mark Zuckerberg himself. In a weird move today, Twitter pulled its “find friends” API from Instagram, making it much harder to find your twitter buddies. Looks like the Silicon Valley wars are on.