Nine months after topping the 200 million mark, photo sharing app Instagram reached a new milestone: 300 million monthly active users. This surpasses the other social networking giant, Twitter. Instagram now says 300 million people use its photo app every month, with 70% of them coming from outside the US. That makes Instagram officially bigger than Twitter, which had 284 million active users as of six weeks ago. "We're thrilled to watch this community thrive and witness the amazing connections people make over shared passions and journeys," says Kevin Systrom, CEO of Instagram, in a blog post published Tuesday. Of the 300 million, 65% of Instagram's users are outside the U.S. On average, Instagram users share 70 million photos a day, up from 60 million the year before. To date, users have shared 30 billion photos. To provide better results for brands, Instagram said today that it’s rolling out verified badges. “When an account is verified, a blue badge will appear next to its name in its profile as well as in search,” Instagram said in a blog post today. “These badges will start rolling out in the coming days and will be assigned to public figures and brands that have a high chance of being impersonated.” Instagram has also been deleting fake accounts, which could lead to follower counts going down. But, overall, the company’s moves should result in more trust among users.