Instagram Now Bigger than Twitter, Adds Verified Accounts

Move over, Twitter, because Instagram is now the bigger than you. Facebook-owned Instagram said on Thursday that it now has over 300 million active users, eclipsing Twitter's 284 million active users.

Instagram outgrows TwitterInstagram outgrows Twitter

"We're proud to announce that there are now more than 300 million Instagrammers," said Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom. "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."

Instagram, for those who aren't in the know, is a photo-based social networking service. Facebook bought the company in 2012 and has run it as a separate business, but now with tighter integration into its own social networking service.

Instagram is also adding verified accounts, much like Twitter, and has begun deleting spam user accounts, too. The changes should cut down on bogus followers, and will make it easier for users to know when they're following accounts for actual people instead of spoof or satire accounts.

Verified badges will be available for athletes, celebrities, and brands. They should start appearing on account avatars in the next few days.

The number of Instagram users has doubled since September 2013, which means that along with having more active users than Twitter, it's growing faster, too. That growth doesn't, however, mean that Twitter is on the decline. Both social networks are growing, and interest in the two doesn't seem to be waning at all.