Anyone in the Spokane area who has spent much time around young people with mobile phones is probably aware of Instagram.
The popular social networking app allows people to record significant moments in their lives, or maybe just take a picture of what they ordered at a restaurant, and share their photos on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.
It didn't take long for Instagram to catch on with both celebrities and the general public. The app was launched for Apple iPhones in October of 2010. By December of that year, Instagram had one million registered users. When the Android version was launched on April 3, 2012, over one million people downloaded the app that day.
According to Wikipedia, by April of 2012 there were more than 30 million people using the Apple version.
On Tuesday, February 26, Instagram announced that there are now more than 100 million people regularly using their app.
According to Julianne Pepitone of CNNMoney, "The milestone comes just a few months after the photo-sharing company's second birthday, and less than one year since Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion."
On Tuesday, February 26, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom wrote a blog post to thank everyone who uses the app and share some fun anecdotes about the company's history. He gave several examples of how Instagram brings people from all over the world together.
"Images have the ability to connect people from all backgrounds, languages and cultures," Systrom said. "They connect us to aid workers halfway across the world in Sudan, to entrepreneurs in San Francisco and even to events in our own backyards.
"Instagram, as a tool to inspire and connect, is only as powerful as the community it is made of. For this reason, we feel extremely lucky to have the chance to build this with all of you. So from our team to the 100 million people who call Instagram home, we say thank you. Thank you for sharing your world and inspiring us all to do the same."
Many people in the Spokane area are already among the 100 million users. Perhaps this milestone will encourage people who haven't tried it yet to become more connected and inspired.