Filter this: Instagram topped the 300 million user mark, co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom revealed in a blog post, in which he also announced that the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network was adding verified badges for celebrities, athletes and brands, as well as deactivating spammy accounts.
Facebook vice president of global public policy Marne Levine is moving over to Instagram, where she will become the photo- and video-sharing network’s first chief operating officer, Re/code reported, and The Washington Post’s The Switch blog reported that Facebook VP of U.S. public policy Joel Kaplan was promoted to succeed Levine.
Four years ago Monday — Oct. 6, 2010, to be exact — Instagram launched, and the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network marked its fourth anniversary by saluting some of the brands that are part of its community in a post on the Instagram for Business blog.
Facebook finally responded to calls for more specific data on monthly active users, daily active users, and mobile MAUs and DAUs by specific country, but only in a eMagazine distributed to its advertising partners, titled “Facebook: The Annual.” However, a copy was leaked to TechCrunch.
If you took our poll about what Instagram would announce at its press event in New York Thursday, and you guessed, “private messaging and/or group messaging features,” you were absolutely correct, as Co-Founder and CEO Kevin Systrom announced the launch of Instagram Direct, which allows users of the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network to send photo and video messages directly to friends.
Facebook’s tradition of inviting the press to events without revealing what it is announcing has been passed down to Instagram, as the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network will hold a media event in New York Dec. 12.
Photo-messaging application Snapchat turned down a $3 billion-plus acquisition offer from Facebook last month, and now the company poached Instagram Director of Business Operations Emily White, who was named its new chief operating officer, AllThingsD reported.
Facebook-owned photo-sharing network Instagram now boasts more than 150 million monthly active users, and if Director of Business Operations Emily White gets her way, Instagram will soon be able to boast about generating advertising revenue, as well.