Bigger Than Twitter: Instagram Now Has 300 Million Users

The app is also rolling out verified badges for celebs, and cracking down on spam accounts.

Both Instagram and this brunch are pretty irresistible. (Flickr)

Both Instagram and this brunch are pretty irresistible. (Flickr)

Sharing artistic photos of lattes and ~sunsets~ must be more addictive than ever before.

Instagram now has over 300 million users, CEO Kevin Systrom announced in a blog post today. That means the photo-sharing app has grown by 50 percent over the last nine months, Re/code points out

“We’re proud to announce that there are now more than 300 million Instagrammers,” Mr. Systrom wrote. “Over the past four years, what began as two friends with a dream has grown into a global community that shares more than 70 million photos and videos each day.”

The news also means Instagram is now even bigger than Twitter, which boasts 284 million users. We guess scrolling through filters is still more appealing than tweeting incessantly about Peter Pan Live.

Instagram’s growth wasn’t the only news Mr. Systrom shared in the blog post. He also revealed the app is rolling out verified badges for famous folk.

“Today, we’re excited to announce verified badges for celebrities, athletes and brands, making it easier for you to connect with the authentic accounts you’re looking for,” he wrote. “These badges will start rolling out over the coming days.”

Mr. Systrom also said they’ll be working to deactivate spammy accounts, which means “some of you will see a change in your follower count.”

Maybe now’s a good time to unfollow your most annoying brunch-obsessed friends and not get caught.

Bigger Than Twitter: Instagram Now Has 300 Million Users