Will Instagram eventually replace Flickr?

It’s growing faster than Flickr, but is the fact that it’s only available for iPhone holding it back?

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I have a small confession. I’m a bit of a wannabe photographer. My latest platform of choice is Instagram. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a photo-creating and sharing iPhone app that is taking the early adopter circuit by storm.

Instagram has only been around for about nine months, but already has more than five million users and 150 million photos. In comparison, it took Flickr two years to reach the 100 million photo milestone.

Still hesitant? Here are five more reasons why Instagram may replace Flickr in the near future.

1. It embraces the “mobile first” mindset.

With more than one-third of the U.S. population actively using smartphones, and even more using Internet-connected devices such as iPod touches and iPads, mobile Internet usage has skyrocketed. Photo viewing and commenting is one of the most popular activities on social media sites like Facebook. Instagram capitalizes on social photography on the go and takes it to the next level.

2. It’s social sharing made easy.

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