June 10, 2014

The History of Online Image Storage - Imgur

imgur's SOPA protest
imgur's SOPA protest (Photo credit: Metal Chris)
How did Imgur go from a personal image hosting project to the biggest meme generator on the web? Tags: social media, technology, web design, meme, mobile, comic, humor, business, startup.

The History of Imgur
 

About Imgur
Imgur (pronounced like image-er; imager; and stylized as imgur) is an online image hosting service founded by Alan Schaaf in 2009 in Athens, Ohio. Imgur describes itself as "the home to the web's most popular image content, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing." It offers free image hosting to millions of users a day, and a comment-based social community. The company supports itself with revenue generated from ad sales, Pro accounts, commercial hosting and merchandise.

On October 22, 2012, Imgur released a user-submitted gallery, which allows users to submit directly to the Imgur gallery for public view, comments and votes.

On June 26, 2013, Imgur released its first content creation tool, the Imgur Meme Generator, which offers simple image macro creation as well as a public gallery of popular meme templates.

The official Imgur mascot is the Imguraffe, which was created originally as an April Fools' Day joke, but was "too cute to give up", thereby becoming the official mascot.

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