Where image-based social media began....
Instagram is everywhere these days. It’s a great platform for creativity, self-expression, and of course, the infamous Selfie. We use it to document our lives in pictures, and we just can’t get enough of it. It’s not been around very long, but it seems like it’s been here forever. I’m curious as to where it all began, and who the people are behind it
Launched in October 2010 in San Francisco, by dynamic duo Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Instagram is a free mobile app originally created for the iPhone’s iOS operating system. The Android version was released two years later in 2012.
The venture came out of an idea that went slightly wrong. Mike and Kev were initially working on a project called Burbn, which was soon discovered to have too many similarities to Foursquare, an app that allows users to search for local amenities such as shops and restaurants. Following this disappointment, they decided to turn Burbn’s focus entirely to mobile photosharing. This is what they changed the name to Instagram. This word is a mash-up of instant camera and telegram.
Kevin posted the first ever photo to Instagram on July 16th 2010. It was taken in Mexico, of a dog next to his girlfriend’s foot, enhanced by the X-PRO 2 filter!
On October the 6th, was Instagram’s official debut in the App Store. The project was generously funded by investors including Benchmark Capital, Jack Dorsey, Chris Sacca, and more. By February 2011, Instagram had raised $7million.
Today, the statistics for everyday usage of Instagram are staggering:
It’s funny how finding out the backstory of something that shapes your every life to the point where you take it for granted can completely change your perspective on it.
In today’s Big Names blog post, we reveal some mindblowing numbers relating to Instagram’s worldwide use today.
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