Original author(s)
Developer(s)Meta Platforms
Initial releaseOctober 6, 2010 (2010-10-06)
Preview release(s) [±]
Android (Alpha)358. / October 15, 2022 (2022-10-15)[1]
Android (Beta) / October 15, 2022 (2022-10-15)[1]
Operating system
Size231.3 MB (iOS)[2]
50.22 MB (Android)[3]
50.3 MB (Fire OS) [4]
Available in32[5] languages
LicenseProprietary software with Terms of Use

Instagram[a] is a photo and video sharing social networking service owned by American company Meta Platforms. The app allows users to upload media that can be edited with filters and organized by hashtags and geographical tagging. Posts can be shared publicly or with preapproved followers. Users can browse other users' content by tag and location, view trending content, like photos, and follow other users to add their content to a personal feed.[7]

Instagram was originally distinguished by allowing content to be framed only in a square (1:1) aspect ratio of 640 pixels to match the display width of the iPhone at the time. In 2015, this restriction was eased with an increase to 1080 pixels. It also added messaging features, the ability to include multiple images or videos in a single post, and a Stories feature—similar to its main competitor Snapchat—which allowed users to post their content to a sequential feed, with each post accessible to others for 24 hours. As of January 2019, Stories is used by 500 million people daily.[7]

Originally launched for iOS in October 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Instagram rapidly gained popularity, with one million registered users in two months, 10 million in a year, and 1 billion by June 2018.[8] In April 2012, Facebook Inc. acquired the service for approximately US$1 billion in cash and stock. The Android version was released in April 2012, followed by a feature-limited desktop interface in November 2012, a Fire OS app in June 2014, and an app for Windows 10 in October 2016. As of October 2015, over 40 billion photos had been uploaded. Although often admired for its success and influence, Instagram has also been criticized for negatively affecting teens' mental health, its policy and interface changes, its alleged censorship, and illegal and inappropriate content uploaded by users.

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  5. ^ "Instagram". App Store. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  6. ^ For example:Edwards, Erica B.; Esposito, Jennifer (2019). "Reading social media intersectionally". Intersectional Analysis as a Method to Analyze Popular Culture: Clarity in the Matrix. Futures of Data Analysis in Qualitative Research. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-429-55700-2. Retrieved May 7, 2020. Instagram (IG) is a photo sharing app created in October of 2010 allowing users to share photos and videos.
  7. ^ a b "Instagram Stories is Now Being Used by 500 Million People Daily". Social Media Today. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "Instagram hits 1 billion monthly users, up from 800M in September". TechCrunch. June 20, 2018. Retrieved October 23, 2020.

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