Instagram Sets The Record Straight on User Base

If you’re still under the impression that Instagram is hemorrhaging users in response to recent privacy considerations on the part of many registered users, you may want to reconsider that view.

The truth is, Instagram is growing even faster than some feared it was shrinking.

On Thursday, Instagram announced that it now has 90 million monthly active users. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s a 10% jump month-over-month (December 2012 – January 2013).

All in all, that isn’t a bad start to 2013 for Instagram. Just a few weeks ago, it was anything but clear what would happen to the photo sharing service in the months ahead.

Instagram, after all, had a rough close to 2012. First, the company was forced to backpedal on its revamped terms of service. Then, the Facebook-owned group was forced to admit that rumors of massive subscriber departures weren’t true.

“Instagram continues to see very strong growth around the world,” Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom tells All Things D this week.  “With many of the product and internationalization improvements we’ve made, we’ve been excited to see these efforts resonate with users globally.”

Instagram’s 90 million monthly active users are now pumping out 40 million photos per day, 8500 likes per second and another 1000 comments per second.

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