Instagram is a video and photo sharing app and social networking
service: it was launched in 2010, and founded by Kevin Systrom and
Mike Krieger. Kevin Systrom is an American software engineer and
Michel "Mike" Krieger is a Brazilian software engineer:
they attended Stanford University together, and, after graduating,
co-founded Instagram in San Francisco, United States (U.S) in 2010.
Instagram was initially launched as a photo sharing app (application)
for mobile phones; however, it proved so popular that it expanded
into video sharing. Instagram users tended to use smartphones -
like the Apple iPhone and Android enables smartphones - and generated
revenue from photo and video advertisement; advertisers tend to
be big international companies, like: Disney, Lancome, and CW.
Instagram users primary use the service to upload photos and videos
to social networking websites, like: Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.
Instagram allows users to create a public profile: so, it also incorporates
elements of social networking into it's core service of photo and
video uploading. However, Instagram remains, primarily, as an app
for mobile users, and, is not a 'traditional' social networking
To date, Instagram is compatible with the following mobile platforms:
- iPod Touch
- Blackberry 10
Instagram was acquired by Facebook in 2012; two years after it's
launch. Facebook paid $1 billion for Instagram, and promised that
the service would remain standalone. Kevin Systrom, co-founder of
Instagram, remains as CEO of the company (as of 2015), and he stated,
in 2015, that Instagram has over 320 million active users.
The most controversial decision by Instagram was issued on the
that they reserved the right to sell users photos to third party
companies; without compensation or any notification. Even though
was done, and many users switched to other video and photo sharing