The Instagram Timeline: From Zero to a Billion in 17 Months of Exposure [Infographic]

This is all you need to know about this fast grown up photo-sharing service, which was bought by Facebook Ins. this week. Thanks to Guys from Visual.ly.

When Instagram launched its first app in October 2010, it did not strike most people as the kind of startup that would be acquired for $1 billion. The app had almost 200,000 users within the first week. By February, it had 1.75 million users, and three months later that number had jumped to 4 million.

By the time Facebook Inc. acquired Instagram for $1 billion on Monday, the startup’s iPhone app had been downloaded 30 million times. In the same week, its six-day-old Android application hit the 5 million mark.

Meanwhile, Instagram’s valuation has shot up with similarly impressive speed. Facebook acquired Instagram just as the startup was closing a round of funding at a $500 million valuation. Instagram’s $1 billion price tag means it literally doubled its valuation within a week.

Guys at Visual.ly have created this interesting infographic that documents the startup’s journey from simple photo-sharing iPhone app to $1 billion company using, appropriately, Instagram photos.

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