I had my first instagram account in the year 2012(it was less popular in my country back then); but since then the popularity seems to have increased on a yearly basis.
Instagram is a mobile photo-sharingapplication and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly or privately on the service, as well as through a variety of other social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr. It was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and launched in October 2010 as a free mobile app exclusively for the iOS mobile operating system. A version for Androiddevices was released two years later, in April 2012, followed by apps for Windows 10 Mobile in April 2016, and Windows 10 in October 2016.
Originally, a distinctive feature was its confining of photos to a square, similar to Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid SX-70 images, in contrast to the 4:3 aspect ratio typically used by mobile-device cameras. In August 2015, version 7.5 was released for mobile devices, allowing users to upload media captured in any aspect ratio, but not at full size. Users can also apply various digitalfilters to their images. In June 2013, Instagram added support for videos, allowing prerecorded square standard definitionresolution clips of up to 15 seconds to be shared; later updates introduced support forwidescreen resolutions at 360p and longer recording times for either pre-recorded (up to one minute per video, or up to 10 minutes with a multi-video post) or disappearing live videos (up to one hour).
The service rapidly gained popularity, with one million registered users in two months, 10 million in a year, and ultimately at 600 million in December 2016. The service was acquired by Facebook in April 2012 for approximately US$1 billion in cash and stock. In 2013, Instagram grew by 23%, while Facebook, as the parent company, only grew by 3%.
Instagram began development in San Francisco, when Systrom and Brazilian Krieger chose to focus their multi-featuredHTML5 check-in project, Burbn, on mobile photography. As Krieger reasoned, Burbn became too similar to Foursquare, and both realized that it had gone too far. Burbn was then pivoted to become more focused on photo-sharing. The word Instagram is a portmanteau of instant camera andtelegram.
On March 5, 2010, Systrom closed a $500,000seed funding round with Baseline Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz while working on Burbn. Josh Riedel joined the company in October as Community Manager, Shayne Sweeney joined in November as an engineer, and Jessica Zollman joined as a Community Evangelist in August 2011.
In October 2010, the Instagram iOS app was officially released through the App Store.
In January 2011, Instagram added hashtagsto help users discover both photographs and each other. Instagram encourages users to make tags both specific and relevant, rather than tagging generic words like “photo”, to make photographs stand out and to attract like-minded Instagram users. In September, version 2.0 went live in the App Store (iOS) and included new and live filters, instant tilt–shift, high resolution photographs, optional borders, one-click rotation, and an updated icon. On February 2, 2011, an announcement revealed that Instagram had raised $7 million in Series A funding from a variety of investors, including Benchmark Capital, Jack Dorsey, Chris Sacca (through Capital fund), and Adam D’Angelo. The deal valued Instagram at around $25 million.
On April 3, 2012, Instagram was released forAndroid phones, and it was downloaded more than one million times in less than one day. That same week, Instagram raised $50 million from venture capitalists for a share of the company; the process valued Instagram at $500 million. Over the next three months, Instagram was rated more than one million times on Google Play And was the fifth app to ever reach one million ratings on Google Play—as of April 2013, it had been rated nearly four million times.