Instagram HIts 20 Billion Photos, Gains Over 200 Million Members.
The most recent development to arrive for the company, would be the growth of Instagram, and slight changes made to the service. With its acquisition to Facebook nearly two years ago for a total of $1 billion, Instagram has recently announced that its managed to gain over 200 million users. Furthermore, it has started to test integration with Facebook Places for tagging in addition to Foursquare.
With this announcement being made known publicly through Instagram blog on Tuesday, the company had said.”Today we’re excited to share that the Instagram community has grown to more than 200 million Instagrammers.”
The blog continues on to mention that till date in excess of over 20 billion photos have been shared on Instagram and there has been a increase of 50 million users in the past six months.
Furthermore, Instagram has also started to testing its integration with Facebook Places, with some users having leaked viewing the location tagging option along with Foursquare. According to some sources, the idea behind this new testing might be to try and find way to replace Foursquare. Though this might be highly unlikely, given the long partnership with the service.
The free API and expansive database that is provided by Foursquare has been used not only by Instagram for location sharing but from others similar sites like Path, Flickr, Pintrest and Vine. Instagram uses their API data to attach the photos, clicked and edit through photo editing filters, towards the places where they had been clicked.
Engadget had managed to receive a statement from the company on possible talks about removing Foursqaure, it said:
“Foursquare is a great partner, and people will continue to be able to share their check-ins to Foursquare from Instagram. We are constantly testing experiences throughout the app to provide the best possible user experience as part of future planning.”
If Facebook Places integration does arrive on Instagram, this would be marked as the first major integration for Facebook services since the social network had acquired the photo sharing service.