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Imgur is an American online image-sharing community and image host founded by Alan Schaaf in 2009. The service has been popular with hosting viral images and memes, particularly those posted on Reddit.

Quick Facts


  • Ranked #130th worldwide
  • Active users 300 M
  • Type Media Social networks
  • Launched date Feb 23, 2009
  • Employees 83
  • Headquarters San Francisco, California, U.S.
  • Parent company None


Alan Schaaf Ohio


  • Brand value In 2020 N/A
  • Revenue in 2020 $12 m
  • Net loss In 2020 $1.23 m

Data Breach

Data Breach1.7M accounts breached in Imgur Attack. (via

On Nov 23, 2017, Imgur was notified of a potential security breach that had occurred in 2014 and affected the email addresses and passwords of 1.7M user accounts.

On Nov 24, 2017, Imgur began notifying affected users via their registered email address to change their password.

Original Idea

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The company was started in 2009 in Athens, Ohio as Alan Schaaf's side project while he attended Ohio University for computer science.

The service, which the creator first described as "an image hosting service that doesn't suck," was created as a response to the usability problems encountered in similar services.

Imgur took off almost instantly, jumping from a thousand hits per day to a million total page views in the first five months. Imgur became widely recognized following its rise to popularity on social news websites such as Reddit and Digg.

Brief History

Feb The company was started in Athens, Ohio.
Jan Introducing Imgur accounts.

Launched the Gallery.

Oct Albums were introduced.

Won "Best Bootstrapped Startup" at the TechCrunch "Crunchies" Awards.


Launched User Submitted.

Launched the Gallery.

Jul The random mode was released.

100M monthly active users.

Won "Best Bootstrapped Startup" at the TechCrunch "Crunchies" Awards for the second time.

Jun Imgur has provided a "Meme Generator" service.

Imgur was hacked, 1.7M user accounts were compromised.

Apr Raised $40M from Andreessen Horowitz and Reddit.

Imgur was hacked, 1.7M user accounts were compromised.

Oct Converted uploaded animated GIF files into WebM and MP4 video files.

150M monthly active users.

Won 2015 Webby awards for Best Social Media and Best Community Website.

Jan Imgur allowed users to link video URLs to create GIFs directly through the website.

Imgur's director of community announced its first-ever "Camp Imgur".

Feb Imgur announced Topics.
Jun Introduced official mobile apps for iOS and Android, respectively.

Launched messaging on iOS, Android, and web.

Won AdWeek's Readers Choice for Hottest Social Platform.

Launched new content creation and curation experiences.

Nov 250M people per month.

Notified of a potential security breach that had occurred in 2014.

Imgur is among the top 10 websites to drive comments to the FCC in support of net neutrality.


Imgur now supports video uploads.

Listed as one of the “100 websites that shaped the internet as we know it” by Gizmodo.


Imgur's 10th birthday, 300M people per month.

Launched Melee, a community-powered app to discover and talk about the best in gaming.

Raised $20M from Coil.

Jul 300M monthly active users.
Apr Introducing the New Look Post Page.
Aug Launched Imgur Emerald.

Network Features


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Accounts allowed users to create custom image galleries and manage their images.

Accounts gave full image management including editing, deletion, album creation, and embedding, and the ability to comment on viral images and submit them to the public gallery.

Gallery Profiles gave the user the ability to view their past public activity.

Paid Pro accounts were created in 2010 to remove image upload limitations and allow unlimited image storage. Store an unlimited number of images in your account. Receive multiple thumbnail options on all uploads. Access complete image analytics and referrer data. Manage, edit or delete any uploaded image at any time. Interact with the awesome Imgur community through commenting, voting, and sharing.


GalleryImgur gallery. (via

The Gallery is a collection of the most viral images from around the web based on an algorithm that computes views, shares, and votes based on time.

Members of the Imgur community can vote and comment on the images, earning reputation points and trophies.

Video to GIF

LinkedIn PagesImgur video to GIF. (via

LinkedIn Pages are pages dedicated to individual companies, organizations, and institutions. They allow LinkedIn members to discover and connect with individual companies and learn more about each organization's brand, products or services, career opportunities, and more.

A LinkedIn Page includes sections like an Overview, About, Posts, Jobs, People, Life, Event, and Video.

Topics was a way for users to sort and view specific images that belonged to a specific group determined by tags.

Trophies: To reward users for their interactions, Imgur provides a series of Trophies for achievements including being a member for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 years, "Best Post of the Day", "Best Post of the Month", "Best Post of the Year", "Top Comment of The Day", "Top Comment of The Month", and "Top Comment of The Year".

Imgur Emerald, a subscription product that offers users an ad-free experience and exclusive perks.

Meme Generator

Imgur has provided a "Meme Generator" service that allows users to create image macros with custom text using a wide variety of images.

Imgur's Meme Generator features a simple user interface that's more flexible than other tools. Users drag and drop text boxes while the text auto-fits and resizes automatically.

LinkedIn Contacts brings all your address books, emails, and calendars together in one place and keeps them updated. LinkedIn will pull in details from your past conversations and meetings from these sources and get these details directly onto your contact’s profile.

Content controls feature works by enabling users to view fewer posts from a specific topic or tags while browsing.

Integration of image editor

Customization of the image by the usage of an editor with tools like crop, resize, etc. Integration of more editing features like effects, text addition, etc. to the picture.

Implementation of meme generator and GIF editor

Integration of the Meme Generator to create unique and funny memes with customized backgrounds. Implementation of GIF editor to convert videos to GIFs.

User-friendly interface

Easy to navigate interface for both the inner pages and the homepage. Categorization of uploaded images according to popularity with options to categorize them as per user needs.

Options for privacy

Integration of two privacy settings- Public and hidden for the users. Images are uploaded automatically in the public setting, and hidden pictures can only be accessed with the image URL.

Storage and format support

Unlimited capacity of image uploading and no limitations of storage size with the images not removed unless deleted. Support for most image formats like JPG, TIF, PNG, etc.


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