Fact File: Who invented Instagram? Invention: Instagram *** Date of Invention: October 2010 *** Name of Inventors: Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger *** Nationality of Inventors: American *** Historical Period: Technology and Information *** Category: Communications and Information *** Country of Origin: America *** The Inventors and Invention of
Fact 1: Who invented Instagram? The Instagram was invented by Kevin Systrom
and Mike Krieger in October 2010 during the Technology and Information era of
Fact 2: Who invented Instagram? Prior to the invention
and launch of Instagram in October 2010, snapshots taken on mobile phones looked
mediocre, it was difficult to share photos and it was slow to upload pictures.
Fact 3: Who invented Instagram? The invention of Instagram was
only possible due inventions and innovations such as the
Cell Phone in 1973, the
World Wide Web in 1991 and the development of Smartphone in 1992 which
allowed access the Internet and the ability to take
Fact 4: Who invented Instagram? The Smartphone took a massive
leap in 2007 when Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Computers, launched the Iphone
shortly followed by the mobile app that was introduced in 2009.
Fact 5: Who invented Instagram? Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger saw
the 'gap in the market' for a cool, free, photo-sharing mobile app and social
network that resulted in the creation of Instagram.
Fact 6: Who invented Instagram? Kevin Systrom was born on December
30, 1983 and raised his family in Holliston, Massachusetts. His father, Douglas
Systrom, Vice President in Human Resources at TJX Companies and his mother Diane
Pels Systrom, a marketing executive.
Fact 7: Who invented Instagram? Mike Krieger was born on March 4,
1986 and raised his family in in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mike moved to the United
States in 2004 to continue his education at Stanford University where he studied
symbolic systems the academic program that included courses in computer science,
philosophy, linguistics and psychology.
Fact 8: Who invented Instagram? Kevin Systrom was also educated at
Stanford University where he studied engineering and management science, a
program aimed at operations research, making efficient use of new technologies
Fact 8: Who invented Instagram? Kevin Systrom met Mike Krieger,
two years his junior, at the elite Stanford University Mayfield Fellows Program
(MFP) that focussed on the management of technology startup ventures.
Fact 8: Who invented Instagram? Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger were
both ambitious and shared an interest in writing code to create websites,
computer games and developing Mobile Apps, a relatively new technology designed to be
downloaded to a mobile phone. The two guys both shared a passion for photography
and were fascinated by the emerging the world of social media.
Fact 9: Who invented Instagram? After graduating at Stanford Kevin Systrom
interned at Odeo, (Twitter), and worked in the companies like Google, Microsoft
Fact 10: Who invented Instagram? When Mike Krieger graduated he
interned with the Microsoft PowerPoint team and at Fox Marks as a software
Fact 11: Who invented Instagram? Kevin Systrom began developing
his own photo sharing app that he called Brbn, an acronym for his favorite drink
Bourbon that coincidently was also the acronym for the telephone switch in
Fact 12: Who invented Instagram? Kevin Systrom took his chances
and decided to leave NextStop to start a company of his own. His friend, Mike
Krieger, decided to join him and the pair began working on the Brbn project
together designing a location based web based, social media type app that
allowed users to earn credits for posting photos.
Fact 13: Who invented Instagram? The entrepreneurs realized that
the initial concept for the Brbn app was too complex with too many features and
decided to concentrate on developing an app that only focussed on photographs
taken from cell phones.
Fact 14: Who invented Instagram? Their simpler App took just 8
weeks to develop, they included some cool photo editing filters and
'like', 'follow' and 'comment' options. They renamed their App to Instagram
which they launched on July 6, 2010.
Fact 15: Who invented Instagram? Their timing for launching
Instagram coincided with the release of the Apple iPhone 4, which featured a
high-quality built-in camera.
Fact 16: Who invented Instagram? The Instagram App had Holga-inspired
lenses or filters that allowed users to distort their images in an unusual and
highly amusing way.
Fact 17: Who invented Instagram? They publicised their new App via
Press releases, Blogs and Social Media and within 24 hours of its launch Instagram
became an overnight success with 25,000 people signing up for an account.
Fact 18: Who invented Instagram? Simple photos taken from a
Smartphone suddenly became unique, funny and interesting and people wanted to
share them with their friends.
Fact 19: Who invented Instagram? Within nine months, Instagram had
7 million users. In December 2011, Apple Inc. named Instagram the "App of the
Fact 20: Who invented Instagram? In April 2012 Facebook announced
it was buying Instagram in a billion-dollar deal with
$300 million in cash and 23 million shares of stock.
Fact 21: Who invented Instagram? On November 21, 2016, Instagram
launched live video sharing, allowing users to broadcast live for up to one
hour. As of 2017 Instagram has grown from its 7 million users in its first year
to a projected 700 million users.