Instagram Climbs To Top Of App Store For First Time After Deal With Facebook

Instagram Climbs To Top Of App Store For First Time After Deal With Facebook

Hipster just went mainstream. Wait, does that mean it's not hipster anymore?

Looks like Instagram’s billion dollar deal with the devil didn’t land it in hot enough water after all. Following widespread concerns regarding Instagram’s future from what was apparently a vocal minority, the popular photography app has soared to the top of the App Store.

For the first time in the app’s 16 months on the App Store, Instagram reigns as the most popular free app for the iPhone. Take that, haters.

For those who don’t know, Instagram started back in 2010 as a HTML5 app called Burbn. Co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger (both of whom just cashed in for $500 million) took the location-based sharing app and birthed the world’s champion of social photography platforms: Instagram. Fast forward to today and Instagram has over 30 million users and an Android app that was downloaded 5 million times in less than a week. So much for everyone leaving the gated community after Android users got the key.

We’ve already speculated as to what Facebook means for Instagram moving forward, but one thing’s for sure: people aren’t abandoning ship just yet.

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Alex HeathAlex Heath is a journalist and co-host of The CultCast. He has been quoted by the likes of the BBC, KRON 4 News, and books like "ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation." He lives in Lexington, Kentucky. If you want to pitch a story, share a tip, or just get in touch, additional contact information is available on his personal site. Follow him on Twitter.

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