October 06, 2021

The Launch of Instagram (October 6, 2010)

On October 6, 2010, Instagram was launched! TechCrunch shared: "I know what you’re probably thinking: oh, another photo-sharing app. But the fact is that at least one of these apps is likely going to take off in a major way at some point soon.... A community, focused on helping you collect, organize, and share the images of your life from your mobile phone. The best we have right now are tiny camera icons stuffed as forgotten features of giant complicated apps that *have* to do everything.” Obviously, he wants Insta to provide that missing community. And it’s a good point. The iPhone 4 is now my primary camera.... And the convenience of always having it in my pocket trumps what it lacks in quality. The pictures taken with it are very good. And with effects and filters like Instagram offers, I get many more compliments on my photography than I ever have before. It makes my life on the go interesting. And that’s part of the key to Instagram. Systrom says, “Photo sharing as a concept is relatively uninteresting as a sell. But processors are so fast now that we can do really cool things to your photos with the tap of a button. We can take that beautiful 5MP camera and turn it into a panoramic camera or a lofi 1980’s Polaroid.,” he continues. And Systrom knows that one key in his app being successful is how actual users are using it. So far, he’s thrilled that a couple handfuls of the web’s best designers have taken a liking to Instagram while it has been in private beta. Once it opens up today, he hopes even more like-minded people will." - 2010.

When my mother was dying, IG was an important tool for me to get information out. And when I launched my own small business, it jumped off from IG, and was fairly successful. Throughout the years I've made countless friends and been inspired by the tremendous talent and creative niches that I've seen--first--on Instagram. So... yeah I guess it's safe to say that the app has been an important tool. Here are just some of the accounts that I highly recommend that you follow for various reasons, many of which may be personal, sentimental or just pure comedy - it all depends, lol: Supastition, Eternia, Money Miz, The Company Man, J57, Rappin N Snackin, Kathy Iandoli, Sin-Seer, Tim Burton, Kid Abstrakt, Rhymecology, Soles of Mischief, Evidence, Philaflava, Toon Crew, Dart Adams, Shad, IllVia, Kalzingis, Fat Beats, Theory Hazit, IllStrips, Jenny Loves Hip Hop, Big Ghost, DJ Filthy Rich, Torre Pentel, DJ Premier, DJ Eclipse, Wallo267, Royce, Brother Ali, Alphonze, yikes... that's a lot and I didn't even scratch the surface. So much talent to discover and appreciate, I do recommend diggin' through these accounts and many others. I also recommend following me HERE!