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Instagram Today: 200 Million Strong

Today, we’re excited to share that the Instagram community has grown to more than 200 million Instagrammers capturing and sharing their lives every month.

From documenting a passion for jazz to the protests in Kiev, we’re continually surprised and humbled by the moments you share. As we exceed 20 billion photos shared on Instagram to date, we look back in wonder at the beauty and importance of everything this community has created.

The vibrance and diversity of this community has increased as it has grown. Over the past six months, we’ve seen new communities coming together in cities and towns across the world, whether they be in Guthrie, Oklahoma, or Guatemala City. With January’s Worldwide InstaMeet 8, we saw record turnouts of communities coming together to form friendships, explore new places and celebrate creativity in all corners of the globe from New Dehli to New York, Bucharest, Nairobi and beyond.

To the 50 million of you who’ve joined in the last six months, welcome. We’re so glad you’re here. And from our team to all 200 million of you, thank you for making Instagram great. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create next.

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A Sleeker, Faster Instagram for Android

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Today, we’re excited to announce improvements to the way Instagram for Android looks and feels.

Since first launching Instagram for Android in April of 2012, we’ve come to support thousands of different Android devices of all shapes and sizes. In taking time to polish our designs, we’ve worked to make sure that Instagram feels native and at home on any Android device.

These changes mean a faster, more responsive app. Your profile screen now loads twice as fast, and we’ve cut the overall app size in half to increase speed throughout Instagram.

By making our design cleaner, we’ve also made Instagram for Android easier to use. We’ve simplified our visuals throughout our app, making use of valuable screen space for small devices and feature phones and rearranging our design to keep buttons within easy reach as you navigate the app on a larger device.

It’s the same Instagram for Android you know and love—faster, cleaner and easier to use than ever.

Instagram for Android version 5.1 is available today on Google Play.

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Looking Back with the #TBTs of 2013

Want to see more blasts from the past or share a nostalgic photo or video of your own? Post with or browse the #TBT and #throwbackthursday hashtags.

With over 127 million posts shared using the #TBT (#throwbackthursday) hashtag, it’s little wonder that #TBT came in as one of the most-used hashtags of 2013 on Instagram. Throwback Thursdays provide Instagrammers with a weekly opportunity to share a special moment from the past. As this year has shown, the trend has expanded and attracted participation from actors, musicians, sports stars and even US First Lady Michelle Obama. To celebrate this trend and the moments of the past it commemorates, we’ve selected a few stand-out #TBT photos from 2013.

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Capturing the Moments of 2013 on Instagram

To see more photos and videos of events from around the world in 2013, browse blog posts with the Current Events tag.

In 2013, people used Instagram to not only document and share the world around them, but also capture some of the most memorable moments of the year.

From opening a window into the clean-up operation in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan to hosting the first InstaMeets at the White House and in Russia, here are some of the top moments on Instagram from 2013:

  1. Catholics bid farewell to Pope Benedict XVI and welcome Pope Francis
  2. Egyptians gather in Tahrir Square and revolt against President Morsi
  3. @joemcnallyphoto snaps a #fromwhereistand from atop the Burj Khalifa
  4. People document the for the US Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage in California
  5. Instagram celebrates the marriage of @robinmay and @matthewjay, the first known couple to wed after meeting on Instagram
  6. @dguttenfelder, @drewkelly and others share moments from North Korea
  7. Russia sees its first InstaMeet, as does the White House
  8. The world welcomes the birth of Prince George, and another celebrity baby makes her debut.
  9. Michelle Obama joins the #tbt (#ThrowbackThursday) bandwagon
  10. Kobe Bryant walks again
  11. People document the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan’s destruction in the Philippines
  12. Batkid saves San Francisco as crowds document his adventure with the #sfbatkid hashtag
  13. Crowds gather to mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela and celebrate his life