Instagram reveals first image shared on its app
Published Jul 17 2012, 12:46 BST | By Andrew Laughlin Instagram
, the hugely popular photo-sharing app in the process of being bought by Facebook, has celebrated two years since the first image was posted on its service.
More than 1 billion photos have been shared on Instagram to date by over 50 million people, but it all started two years ago today (July 17) with a picture of a puppy sitting next to someone's foot in flip-flops.
Instagram actually launched in October 2010, but this image was uploaded to the app when it went under the rather on-the-nose codename of "Codename".
Available at first just on Apple's iPhone but later expanding to Google Android devices, Instagram enables users to apply a range of filters to photos taken on their phone cameras and then share them with other Instagram users, as well as people on Facebook and Twitter.
Suitably impressed with the startup's strong growth, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
put together a cash and stock deal worth more than $1bn to acquire the firm in April 2012.
The deal, which is still awaiting final approval
, caps off an incredible rise for the young business.
"Two years ago today, we tested the first photo upload to an app we called Codename. Three months later, in October 2010, Instagram launched to the public," said the company in a blog post
"Today, one year and nine months later, over 50 million people have shared more than 1 billion photos on Instagram.
"We're humbled by the amazing photos shared every day on Instagram and the incredible community that's formed around the application.
"From everyone here at Instagram HQ, thanks for being part of the Instagram community!"