Instagram starts sharing your data with Facebook
Updated terms of service ... Instagram. Photo: AFP
Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom. Photo: Reuters
"This means we can do things like fight spam more effectively, detect system and reliability problems more quickly, and build better features for everyone by understanding how Instagram is used."
The changeover also means your Instagram pictures will be fully hosted on Facebook's servers for the first time. Previously, the pics were hosted on Amazon Web Services.
No doubt Instagram will lose a few users who aren't fans of Facebook. That may be offset by continuing growth, however.
The company also announced on Thursday it has 90 million monthly active users as of January, which it said was a 10 per cent increase over December.
Readers with sharp memories may recall Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg throwing out the figure of 100 million Instagram users back in September. However, that number referred to the service's registered users.
All Instagram user-figure announcements before that, such as the 80 million mentioned in July, also referred to registered users. Monthly active users is a more accurate reflection of the service's popularity.
Instagram won't say how many registered users it currently has, so we can't do an apples-to-apples comparison. However, if it's anything like other social services such as Twitter, the total of accounts is likely to be roughly double the monthly active number.
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