20 Dec 2014 / by Maya Roeland / in NEWS
Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion
Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from $19 billion to $35 billion.
The photo-sharing network recently announced it had surpassed 300 million active users, and has taken steps toward cleaning up spam accounts, as well as adding new filters and features in an update this week.
Clean-up of fake accounts caused follower counts to drop overnight. Ironically, it was Instagram itself that lost the most followers in the “Rapture.” The photo service has lost almost a third of its followers, dropping 18 million users in a single day.
Instagram was acquired by Facebook back in April of 2012 for $1 billion. The acquisition came at a time when Instagram only had around 27 million users on iOS. However, the company saw over a million downloads n the first day of launching on Android, and Facebook put the pedal to the metal and closed the deal. Instagram has since grown to have more active users than Twitter.