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Instagram reaches half a billion users

Just think of how many photos of cats and food that is.

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Snickerdoodle, just one of the (probably) millions of cat photos posted daily.
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The Instagram photo-sharing service delivered a mind-boggling data point on Tuesday: It now has 500 million users, 300 million of whom use the service daily and more than 80 percent of whom live outside the US.

Just try to wrap your head around how many photos that is.

And if just one out of every 100 of the 300 million active users posts a cat picture a day, that's 3 million cat photos. A day.