Instagram Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary; Evolution of an App

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10 years ago, the image-oriented social media app Instagram was launched, and although it took a little time to gain some steam, it has now grown to be one of the most popular platforms. However, looking back at the history of Instagram, you’ll see that the app has gone through many changes, demonstrating how a business must evolve in order to stay relevant. Below is a timeline of Instagram’s evolution:

October 6th, 2010: Instagram launches and accumulates approximately 25,000 users within a day.

April 9th, 2012: Facebook purchases Instagram for $1 billion.

June 26th, 2012: Instagram launches the Explore Page, which makes it easier for users to find new accounts as well as new content to follow.

June 20th, 2013: Instagram allows users to upload and share videos approximately 15 seconds long

August 1nd, 2016: Instagram launches Stories, so that users can upload videos or photos that disappear after 24 hours.

September 30th, 2016: Instagram updates its feed to a popularity-based algorithm rather than a chronological order.

November 21st, 2016: Users can now broadcast live video feeds to their audiences.

February 22nd, 2017: Instagram allows users to share carousel albums so that they can upload multiple images in one post.

June 20th, 2018: Instagram’s IGTV feed lets users deliver long-form video content.

In less than 10 years, Instagram has gone through significant changes, both aesthetically and functionally, which have allowed the app to thrive and grow without any sign of stopping. While Instagram may not be as widely used as its older brother, Facebook, it still has shown other entrepreneurs and tech gurus a proper roadmap to follow to keep up with the times.

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