Instagram turns five years old!
Of all the social media platforms, Instagram is easily my favourite. Released on October 6th 2010, Instagram gained users at an impressive rate. Within two months, it already had a million active users. In less than a year it had 150 million photo uploads. At time of writing, Instagram has a total of 400 million users.
Over the past 5 years, Instagram has seen many different user types; artists, businesses, sports teams, parodies, tattoo artists, celebrities, the list is endless. Celebrities are currently the most followed accounts with the top 5 spots going to female celebrities:
- Taylor Swift (49.6 million)
- Kim Kardashian (48.1 million)
- Beyonce (47.2 million)
- Selena Gomez (45.9 million)
- Ariana Grande (44.6 million)
Those numbers are impressive considering the service is only 5 years old. It sure has come a long way from its humble beginnings of a photo of Instagram co-founders’ dog.
5 Accounts to check out
To celebrate Instagram’s 5th birthday, I’ve put together a list of my favourite accounts that are definitely worth a follow. This list could go on forever due to the volume of content that gets uploaded every day (around 80 million photos) but I’ve decided to showcase five of the best.
The work of Hayden Zezula is as beautiful as it is strange and eerie. Definitely worth a follow.
E.J. is one of my favourite motion designers around at the moment. His work spans many styles but he specialises in fun, approachable, cartoony characters.
This man is a machine. Most commonly known for his relentless dedication to his ‘one a day’ project, Mike Winkelmann has created a piece of work from scratch everyday for over 8 years!
Emanuele Colombo creates interesting characters, each with their own personality. His colour choice, motion design and character design are all spot on.
Pioneer of the low-poly style that is gaining popularity at the moment, Timothy J Reynolds is well worth a following with beautiful scenes created with minimal detail.
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Out of 400,000,000 accounts on Instagram, this is a small selection of my favourites. The list could have gone on but I had to stop myself somewhere. Only time will tell what the next 100,000,000 users will upload.
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