AUSTRALIANS woke this morning to find social media meltdown with Instagram down and people taking to Twitter to share their pain.
Instagram announced that there was a known problem with its service shortly before 6am AEST this morning. While people could open their Instagram app to see photos, the bug for many people meant they could not share their latest photo or post to Instagram stories.
We’re aware of a bug that may be preventing some people from uploading to Instagram. We’re working on a fix.
— Instagram (@instagram) May 1, 2017
Instagram reached the milestone of 700 million users last week and a look at the #instagramdown hashtag on Twitter would suggest that most of that 700 million people, and their dog, were facing a personal crisis.
— JesseGetsFit (@jessegetsfit) May 1, 2017
— David Castle (@dave91087) April 27, 2017
They either need to fix Instagram or finally make the apocalyptic thriller everyone can relate to, #InstagramDown
— ALEX MELKI (@TheAlexMelki) April 27, 2017
While the crash today is enough to send some Instagram addicts into a personal crisis, the social media app is generally going strong.
In reaching the 700 million users mark last week, Instagram has doubled its users base in two years.
That it added 100 million people in just four months, compared to the six months it took to add the previous 100 million, shows the rate of growth of the app owned by Facebook is growing.
Stories, the feature Instagram copied from Snapchat, is seen as one of the key drivers of the recent growth.
Since Instagram launched Stories, Snapchat’s growth has slowed by 82 per cent.