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Imgur pronounced /ˈɪmədʒər/, like "image-er" is an online image sharing community and image host founded by Alan Schaaf


  • 1 History
    • 11 Funding
    • 12 April Fools' jokes
  • 2 Popularity
  • 3 Features
    • 31 Albums
    • 32 Accounts
    • 33 Images
    • 34 Meme Generator
    • 35 Gallery
    • 36 GIFV
    • 37 Video to GIF
    • 38 Topics
    • 39 Mobile apps
    • 310 Trophies
  • 4 Community
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


The company was started in 2009 in Athens, Ohio as Alan Schaaf's side project while he attended Ohio University for computer science Imgur was created as a response to the usability problems encountered in similar services Designed to be a gift to the online community of Reddit, it took off almost instantly, jumping from a thousand hits per day to a million total page views in the first five months Imgur became widely recognized following its rise to popularity on social media websites such as Facebook, Reddit and Digg In October 2012, Imgur expanded its functionality to allow users to directly share images to Imgur instead of requiring images to gain enough attraction through other social media sites like Reddit to show up on the popular image gallery

In the beginning, Imgur relied on donations to help with the web hosting costs As the site grew, it needed additional sources of revenue to keep up with demand Display ads were introduced in May 2009; sponsored images and self-service ads were introduced in 2013

In order to scale and manage its growth, Imgur used three different hosting providers in the first year before settling on Voxel, then switching to Amazon Web Services in late 2011

In January 2011, the company moved from Ohio to San Francisco As of June 2013 they had 10 employees, and won the Best Bootstrapped Startup award at TechCrunch's 2012 Crunchies Awards


In April 2014, five years after it was founded, Imgur raised $40 million from Andreessen Horowitz, and received a small contribution from Reddit Andreessen Horowitz's Lars Dalgaard joined Imgur's board

April Fools' jokes

Imgur has a history of playing April Fools' Day jokes on its users The first joke in 2011 was the Catification feature, which allowed users to automatically add cats to any image with one click The official Imgur mascot is the Imguraffe, which was created as an April Fools' Day joke, but was "too cute to give up", thereafter becoming the official mascot On April 1, 2016, "Imgur for Pets" was added for the day The category was pet pictures and gifs for pets The voting system's icons of "Upvotes", "Downvotes", and "Favorite" arrows facing up and down,and a heart were changed into a paw facing up and down, and a bone

Alan Schaaf, Founder and CEO of Imgur, in 2014


An example of images posted on imgur

In 2013, Imgur overtook other image hosts, such as Photobucket, ImageShack, and TinyPic, in interest according to Google Trends As of April 2016, it is ranked 16th among Alexa's Top Sites in the United States

In its first month, Imgur had 93,000 pageviews According to EdgeCast in 2012, Imgur's former content delivery network CDN, Imgur served more images in 10 minutes than there are in the entire Library of Congress In 2012, there were 300 million images uploaded, 364 billion image views counted, and 42 petabytes of data transferred

In September 2012, Imgur sent out 3,000 free stickers based on user requests

In August 2014 nearly two thirds of all popular posts on Reddit were links to an image on Imgur



Albums were introduced on October 11, 2010 Album layouts are customizable and embeddable


On January 9, 2010, Alan Schaaf introduced Imgur accounts, which allow users to create custom image galleries and manage their images Accounts allow full image management including editing, deletion, album creation and embedding, and the ability to comment on viral images and submit to the public gallery Gallery profiles give the user the ability to view their past public activity If an account has more than 225 images, only the most recently uploaded 225 are displayed in their profile Paid pro accounts were created in 2010 to remove these limitations and allows infinite image storage, as well as increased upload limits


Imgur used to have a policy to keep images unless they went three months without receiving any views, at which point unless they were Pro account images they might be removed in response to space needs In early 2015 it was announced all images will be kept forever even if not added from a Pro account and only removed if deletion is requested

Meme Generator

Since June 26, 2013, Imgur has provided a "Meme Generator" service that allows users to create image macros with custom text using a wide variety of images


The public Imgur gallery is a collection of the most viral images from around the web based on an algorithm that computes views, shares and votes based on time As opposed to private account uploads, images added to the gallery are publicly searchable by title Members of the Imgur community, self-proclaimed "Imgurians," can vote and comment on the images, earning reputation points and trophies Images from the gallery are often later posted to social news sites such as Huffington Post Random mode was released on July 30, 2012 and allows users to browse the entire history of the public gallery randomly


See also: Video alternative to the Graphics Interchange Format

Since October 2014, Imgur had automatically converted uploaded animated GIF files into WebM and MP4 video files, which are much smaller

Video to GIF

In January 2015, Imgur allowed users to link video URLs to create GIFs directly through the website This was geared towards allowing its users to create quality GIFs regardless of image editing knowledge


In February 2015, Imgur announced "Topics" which was a quick way for users to sort and view specific images that belonged to a specific group determined by tags such as science, earth, or cats

Mobile apps

In March and June 2015, Imgur introduced official mobile apps for iOS and Android, respectively


In order to reward users for their interactions, Imgur provides a series of Trophies including, being a member of the community for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 years, "Best Post of the Day", "Best Post of the Month", "Best Post of the Year", "Top Comment of The Day", "Top Comment of The Month", and "Top Comment of The Year"


Since the site's creation, Imgur has grown along with its user community Self-named "Imgurians" have created much content in an effort to bring the community even closer At the beginning of 2015, Imgur's director of community Sarah Schaaf announced its first ever "Camp Imgur" Five hundred tickets were sold at $150 each The camp was created as a celebratory event to bring users of the site together in August 2015, on a four-day retreat at Camp Navarro in Mendocino, California It included hiking, stand-up comedians, and meetings with the staff of Imgur and other users

Some of Imgur's more well-known community members include Mythbuster's Adam Savage and Olympic Athlete Cody Miller

See also

  • List of image-sharing websites


  1. ^ "Imgurcom Site Info" Alexa Internet Retrieved August 10, 2016 
  2. ^ "How do you pronounce Imgur" Imgurcom Retrieved April 26, 2015 
  3. ^ Schaaf, Alan February 23, 2009 "My Gift to Reddit: I created an image hosting service that doesn't suck What do you think" Reddit Retrieved April 9, 2013 
  4. ^ "Interview: Imgur's Path to a Billion Image Views Per Day - Liz Gannes - Social - AllThingsD" AllThingsD 
  5. ^ Quigley, Robert January 13, 2010 "Viral Sensation In One Year: A Q&A With Imgur Founder Alan Schaaf" Mediaite Retrieved April 6, 2013 
  6. ^ "Imgur Expands Viral Image Sharing Platform" Press - Imgur Retrieved 2015-12-03 
  7. ^ a b c "Imgur's Startup Journey Infographic" imgurcom May 15, 2015 
  8. ^ "Tech Tuesday Takeover: Self-Serve Ads" imgurcom 
  9. ^ "Imgur's Startup Journey Infographic" imgurcom May 15, 2012 
  10. ^ Ryan Broderick July 9, 2013 "How Imgur Is Taking Over Reddit From The Inside" Buzzfeed 
  11. ^ "Imgur Wins Best Bootstrapped Startup, Sees 1 Billion Pageviews Per Month" TechCrunch 1 February 2012 
  12. ^ Smith, Jack "Imgur Gets $40 Million Investment From Andreessen Horowitz" BetaBeat 
  13. ^ Perez, Sarah April 3, 2014 Techcrunch "After Five Years Of Bootstrapping, Imgur Raises $40 Million From Andreessen Horowitz & Reddit"
  14. ^ "Catify Your Images!" imgurcom 
  15. ^ "The Imguraffe" Imgur help 
  16. ^ "Google Trends" 
  17. ^ "Alexa - Top Sites in United States" wwwalexacom Archived from the original on 2016-04-09 Retrieved 2016-04-15 
  18. ^ "Best Images of 2012 - Imgur" Imgur 
  19. ^ "Imgur stickers the world" imgurcom 
  20. ^ Olson, Randy 11 January 2015 "A data-driven guide to creating successful reddit posts, redux" randalolsoncom Retrieved 3 January 2016 
  21. ^ "Biggest site update ever" 
  22. ^ https://imgurcom/help/accounts
  23. ^ "Account Stats and Profiles" 
  24. ^ "Upgrade to Imgur Pro" Imgur 
  25. ^ "Register Upgrade" IMGURcom Archived from the original on 12 January 2010 Normal images that are not viewed for 3 months may be removed However, images with pro accounts can only be removed by you 
  26. ^ Schaaf, Sarah 16 February 2015 "How long do you keep the images" Archived from the original on 17 February 2015 02/16/2015 Forever! An image is only removed if deletion is requested 
  27. ^ "The Imgur Meme Generator" Imgurcom June 26, 2013 Retrieved July 2, 2013 
  28. ^ "Virality Scores & User Submitted Images" 
  29. ^ "Reputation Revised" 
  30. ^ "Imgur Trophies" 
  31. ^ "Imgur" 
  32. ^ "New header, random mode, upload from clipboard, oh my!" 
  33. ^ "Introducing GIFV" imgurcom October 14, 2014 
  34. ^ "Introducing Video to GIF | The Imgur Blog" Retrieved 2015-12-03 
  35. ^ "Introducing Topics | The Imgur Blog" Retrieved 2015-12-03 
  36. ^ "The New Imgur iPhone App is Here!" 
  37. ^ "Imgur Brings Its Trove Of Memes And Cat GIFs To Android" Fast Company 2 June 2015 
  38. ^ "Trophies" 
  39. ^ Jack Smith IV August 19, 2015 "Imgur Is the Last True Internet Culture Remaining — But Can It Survive" Miccom Retrieved 2016-01-30 
  40. ^ "Adam Savage on Twitter" Retrieved 2016-09-08 
  41. ^ "Olympic swimmer shares how he overcame body image issues via Imgur" 2016-07-11 Retrieved 2016-09-08 

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