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July 18, 2016updated 07 Feb 2017 9:17am

What is imgur?

Users proudly call themselves 'imgurians'.

By Ellie Burns

Imgur is a social networking platform where users share images online.

Founded in 2009, Alan Schaad first developed Imgur as a side project while he attended Ohio University. He initially designed it as a kind of gift for Reddit users and it immediately went viral, jumping from a thousand hits per day to a million in the first five months alone.

Due to use on other social media networks like Facebook and Digg, Imgur has since grown in popularity even further. By 2014, two thirds of all popular Reddit posts were links to images on Imgur. In 2015, the social platformn received another boost, raising $40 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz.

 

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