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Established in 2009 by Alan Schaaf, Imgur is a well-known platform for image-sharing and hosting. Within the first five months of its inception, the platform had already amassed a million total page views, rapidly gaining popularity. Imgur is celebrated for its diverse content, featuring memes and GIFs, which play a pivotal role in internet[2] culture. Over the years, the platform has added a variety of features to elevate the user experience, such as user accounts, a meme generator service, paid pro accounts, and direct image sharing[1]. The convenience of the platform was further enhanced with the introduction of an Android app, making image sharing and browsing effortless. Following a security breach in 2017, the platform has stepped up its security measures. Additionally, Imgur has received significant investments over the years, enabling it to broaden its services and user base.

Terms definitions
1. image sharing. Image Sharing is the term used to describe the digital distribution of photos across multiple online platforms. This practice originated in the mid to late 1990s, with the primary focus being online print ordering. As time progressed, various platforms such as Webshots, SmugMug, Yahoo! Photos, and Flickr emerged, implementing diverse revenue models including free, subscription-based, and revenue-sharing options. The process of image sharing can be accomplished through several methods, including peer-to-peer sharing, peer-to-server, peer-to-browser, and via social networks. In recent times, mobile and app-based image sharing have gained popularity, with platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and Nice at the forefront. Technological innovations such as AI and facial recognition software have revolutionized the way photos are shared and categorized. However, these advancements have also sparked privacy debates and criticism, with employers and privacy activists discussing the impact of image sharing on social networks.
2. internet. The Internet, a global network of interconnected computer systems, utilizes standardized communication protocols, predominantly TCP/IP, to connect devices across the globe. The term 'Internet' has its roots in the 1849 term 'internetted' and was later adopted by the US War Department in 1945. The inception of the Internet can be traced back to the 1960s when computer scientists developed time-sharing systems, which eventually led to the creation of ARPANET in 1969. The Internet operates autonomously, without any central control, and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) manages its primary name spaces. It has revolutionized traditional communication methods and has seen an exponential growth, with the number of internet users growing by 20% to 50% every year. In 2019, more than half of the global population was using the Internet. The Internet protocol suite, comprising TCP/IP and four conceptual layers, directs internet packets to their intended destinations. Fundamental services such as email and Internet telephony function on the Internet. The World Wide Web, an extensive network of interconnected documents, serves as a crucial element of the Internet.
Imgur (Wikipedia)

Imgur (/ˈɪmɪər/ IM-ih-jər, stylized as imgur) is an American online image sharing and image hosting service with a focus on social gossip that was founded by Alan Schaaf in 2009. The service has hosted viral images and memes, particularly those posted on Reddit.

Type of site
Image hosting service
Available inEnglish
Founded2009; 15 years ago (2009)
OwnerMediaLab AI, Inc.
Created byAlan Schaaf
URLOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata
LaunchedFebruary 23, 2009; 15 years ago (2009-02-23)
Current statusActive
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