Instagram hits 300M monthly active users, plans verified profiles

Facebook’s photo sharing service is starting to show some impressive user stats. Just nine months after hitting 200 million monthly active users, Instagram has passed the 300 million threshold. Meanwhile, WhatsApp has 600 million monthly active users and Facebook Messenger has 500 million. Instagram is far past Snapchat, which reportedly has 100 million monthly actives.

With the news, [company]Instagram[/company] also announced that it will be introducing verified profiles for public figures and companies.

Here’s a table of the latest Instagram stats and where the company stands compared to March:

December 2014 March 2014
Monthly actives: 300 million 200 million
International: More than 70 percent of users outside U.S. 65 percent of users outside U.S.
Photos Shares: More than 30 billion to date 20 billion
Daily Likes: 2.5 billion (average) 1.6 billion (average)
Photos/day: 70 million (average) 60 million (average)