Imgur’s Start Up Story – How Alan Schaaf Made A Business From A Hobby
Imgur.com is a leading online image sharing platform. It’s described as the home of the most shared and liked images from all around the world. It’s actually a very successful social network, which people use to share, comment and store images with anyone. The site is visited by more than 100 million people every single month and has more than 350 million images uploaded.
Like many of the other big and successful tech start ups, Imgur was started as a hobby by Alan Schaaf in 2009. In that year he was studying computer science in the Ohio University. One day he decided to make a image sharing site that ‘doesn’t suck’ and be easy to use. This is how he started developing the platform. It was initially intended to be a gift to the online community of Reddit, which helped for spreading the word out. The site was almost an immediate success. When it was launched, it had more than 1 000 visits per day. In the following months, Imgur reached a million of page views per day.
Initially the site was supported by donations, but it soon became so big, that it needed much more cash to stay operational. With millions of daily views, it was easy for the site to start selling ads. Another source of income was created in 2013 – sponsored images. Today, more than 1 000 000 pictures are uploaded daily and the site generates around 3,5 billion of impressions. Recently Imgur introduced a new feature – the Imgur meme generator.
On the following infographic you can see the story behind Imgur and some statistics about it.
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