Instagram then and now...

Sukaina Meghani
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After reaching 400M monthly active users, Instagram turned 5 today. It announced the top 5 most followed accounts on their platform and have promised a similar feat for brands as well.

The top five Instagram users in the UK majorly consisted of the boyband, One direction. Harry Styles, David Beckham, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Gareth Bale had the most followers. Whereas, the US is more female-centric in context to having most Instagram followers. Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grand, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez managed to be in the list.

Instagram, that started with two Stanford students wanting to document their lives in pictures has seen more than 40B pictures shares, almost 80M uploads and at least 35B likes every day!

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From San Francisco to L.A and Australia, Instagram is now accessible everywhere and is a great way for celebrities to connect with their followers without using words. This photo-sharing app is now an intricate part of a smartphone user.

What started in 2010 with just a simple photo sharing app has now placed itself as a platform that uses pictures to show trending people, tags and places. It has managed to cover important fashion, lifestyle, food events happening around the globe. Be it New York Fashion Week or F21 Thread screen, you can find it all on Instagram.

Happy Birthday, our favourite social media platform. It has been 5 years, 272 weeks, 1,825 days and a picturesque journey. You started from the bottom now look where you are!

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