Social media giant Instagram turns 10-years-old this month and the application can be credited with creating a generation obsessed with sharing pictures. The application, which is now owned by Facebook, has provided a platform to photographers –both amateur and professionals – to showcase their work and learn from each other.
Started by two Americans, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the photo sharing app was a pioneer in the field of mobile photography as it offered filters to adjust brightness, contrast and colour to create the perfect photo in an instant.
In 2020, the app boasts of over a billion users worldwide, which includes celebrities, politicians, social activists and news media. The platform has given some internet breaking images over its ten years of existence. Take a look at some of the iconic images from this millennial essential app:
Kylie Jenner Multiple Posts
The businesswoman and social media influencer boasts a massive fan following of 197 million on Instagram and naturally her posts have received some of the most internet breaking traffic. The post where she announced the birth of her daughter Stormi Webster received over 18.5 million likes.
After it was revealed that Kylie Jenner’s post about her infant daughter is one of the most liked images on Instagram, an anonymous account by the name of world_record_egg was created to prove that something as simple as an egg can also break her record. As the motivation behind the post grew, the post went on to become one of the most Instagram breaking images with over 54.8 million likes. Within nine days, the record was cracked and the egg had beaten Jenner’s post.
Former WWE wrestler and actor and one of the most humble persons on Instagram, The Rock has over 200 million followers on the social media platform. The Baywatch actor is known to share images from his intense workout sessions, and his cute interactions with his daughter. However, his most liked image is from the day he got married last year in August. The picture has received over 14 million likes.
LeBron James farewell picture for Kobe Bryant
The Basketball legend paid tribute to his fellow player who lost his life earlier this year in a helicopter crash in California. The post has received over 15.4 million likes as grieving fans and celebrities mourned Bryant’s untimely demise.
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I’m Not Ready but here I go. Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had! I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have. WTF!! I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother!! 😢😢😢😢💔. Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation💜💛 and it’s my responsibility to put this shit on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There’s so much more I want to say but just can’t right now because I can’t get through it! Until we meet again my brother!! #Mamba4Life❤️🙏🏾 #Gigi4Life❤️🙏🏾
On October 6, 2010 two Americans, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, launched Instagram as a social network dedicated to photo sharing. The novelty? The app offered filters to adjust brightness, contrast and colour to create the perfect photo in an instant.
It had immediate success. The app was bought by Facebook two years after its launch, and by that time it had become the world’s most popular platform for uploading endless streams of selfies and had its own stars, Instagirls such as fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni with 21 million followers and Kylie Jenner of the Kardashian clan with 196 million followers.
Exhibitions, dinners, people on public transport or on vacation, every corner had become a backdrop for capturing a self portrait for public consumption. Ten years on from its launch, Instagram has evolved far beyond selfies, as it redefines “experiences" and blurs the lines between reality and someone’s carefully curated personal brand.