The #RLTM Scoreboard: Social Networking Stats for the Week
|Facebook:||over 845 million users||via Facebook|
|Twitter:||over 500 million users||via Twopcharts|
|Google Plus:||over 90 million users||via Larry Page|
|LinkedIn:||150 million members||via LinkedIn|
|Renren:||over 170 million users||via iResearch iUser Tracker|
|Qzone:||500 million active users||via China Internet Watch|
|Sina Weibo:||over 250 million users||via Forbes|
|Groupon:||115 million subscribers||via Reuters|
|Tumblr:||47.6 million blogs||via Tumblr|
|Posterous:||3.9 million members||via SF Gate|
|11.7 million monthly uniques||via TechCrunch|
|Foursquare:||15 million users||via Mashable|
|25 million users||via The Next Web|
|Tagged||20 million active users||via The Wall Street Journal|
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Instagram (Unofficially) Hits 25 Million Users
According to the analysis of Dirk Singer, a London-based social media stats and research blogger, Instagram now has 25 million users. Singer noticed that individual user numbers showed up in the apps’ user profile URLs, and that these numbers – consistent across two separate apps – are most likely the unique numbers used by Instagram to identify each user.
While The Next Web cautions that counting users by account numbers is “fraught with danger,” it does appear that the mobile photo network has surpassed the 25 million user mark, though there is no official confirmation of these numbers.
In late December 2011, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom told NPR that the network had 16 million users. Just over two months later, it looks like Instagram has added around 9 million users. Singer credits this massive growth to a combination of good publicity – Apple chose Instagram as its App of the Year, and Barack Obama’s campaign team is using the network – and significant post-holiday adoption from those who received Apple mobile devices for the holidays.
The application is currently only available via Apple device (iPods, iPhones, iPads), but an Android version is allegedly in the works. Once released, adoption rates are sure to increase even more dramatically.