Given the recent acquisition of the popular photo-sharing application Instagram by Facebook for $1 billion, there were many naysayers who condemned the application with some even looking for an alternative to the successful app. Now however, its API indicates that Instagram has passed the 50 million users mark with an adoption rate of 5 million new users for every week. Before the application was released for Android devices, it was an iOS-exclusive application for two years. At the beginning of the month after it was released there were 30 million registered users on both platforms followed by an increase to 40 million after just 10 days on April 13.

The amazing growth is very impressive considering the fact that Instagram started off the year 2012 with just 15 million users. Although Google doesn’t let on exactly how many Android users downloaded the application from its Play Store, it passed the 10 million mark a couple of days back so with that in mind, it seems that iPhone and Android have divided Instagram registrations fairly equally since it has become available for devices on Android platforms. If you’re interested to know who the 50 millionth registered user turned out to be, it’s someone with the handle fox289 who currently has no photos posted bar his profile picture which is a soccer jersey of a Spanish team, FC Barcelona.

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