Justin Bieber famously had entire racks of servers dedicated to his traffic at Twitter in 2010, such was its volume. When he joined photo-sharing service Instagram earlier this year, you might have wondered if it would face a similar strain. Not according to CEO Kevin Systrom. “Justin Bieber has certainly added to the velocity, but the press probably played it up a little bit,” he tells the Guardian. “We get almost one signup every second, and it’s been fine: even when celebrities have signed up, we’ve not had any stress on the system.” Systrom says the influx of artists and celebrities has not distracted Instagram from its product development plans. “It’s important not to get distracted. Some people have maybe over-stated the value of getting celebrities and brands from the start. If you focus on producing a great experience for anyone, that’s how you get big.” Instagram is also working on an Android version of its app, having been iPhone-only up to now. And get this: at a time when it’s easy for buzzy startups to quickly bloat up, Instagram still has only six employees – and two of them joined in the last month. Source: Guardian

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