Ahoy, Imgurians! Team Imgur here to bring you some news about the business side of Imgur happenings. Tradition is tradition, so as is customary, we’ll share the final product first: Imgur has been acquired by a company called MediaLab. It’s the beginning of a new chapter, and we’re excited to share the news with you.
Now then, let’s start at the start.
Way back in 2009, in a dorm room at Ohio University, Imgur was founded as a “gift to the internet,” and remained entirely bootstrapped for five years. During this time we evolved, we added user-requested features, and we grew. We’ve always felt like the luckiest kids in the room to have been embraced and supported by our amazing community of Imgurians since day one.
By 2013, Imgur was seeing 100 million monthly unique users and supporting more than 2 billion daily image views. One year later, we accepted our first round of funding. We hired a team, created mobile apps, meme generation tools, GIF tools, and doubled-down on building for our community. The simple image sharer evolved into a robust community (that’s you!) who began creating content, interacting with one another, setting trends, and ultimately turning Imgur into a community-powered destination all its own.
Imgur remained an independent company for 12 years. Through it all, our goal has always been to build an authentic place online where people express themselves, feel good, connect, and discover the magic of the internet. Today Imgur reaches 300 million people around the world and is home to one of the largest (and obviously the best) single independent communities online. Making millions of people smile is something we are very proud of and privileged to call work.
Now, we’re opening the next page of Imgur’s journey. We’ve been acquired by MediaLab! MediaLab, based in Santa Monica, CA, is a company that owns great internet brands like Whisper, Kik, WorldStarHipHop, Amino, Genius and others. They’re a team of technologists, product managers, designers, and community builders who geek out over building cool stuff for large scale audiences.
We made the choice to join the MediaLab portfolio because their resources and shared services can help accelerate us closer toward our goal and keep the main Imgur team focused on what we do best: creating the best place for community-powered entertainment online. MediaLab has committed to investing more resources in engineering and community to continue adding new features, new tools for creators, and growing Imgur.
Imgur’s journey is far from over, but as one chapter closes and another opens, now is as good a time as any to try to find the words to thank you (yes, you specific person reading this) for your support and trust over the years. It’s been an absolute honor to create this corner of the internet alongside this incredible community. Your stories, memes, friendships, passion, moments of hilarity, OP deliveries, locked safes, LNI weirdness, DIY creations, GIFs, pets and everything you’ve contributed, upvoted, and commented have inspired and humbled us endlessly. You’re more than just users, you’re a core part of our story, and you’re everything that has made Imgur what it is. Thank you isn’t enough.
We’re hopeful for many, many more years of Imgur on your interwebs. We can all collaborate with MediaLab to help them learn about the special thing they have in their hands. If you have any requests and ideas to continue improving Imgur, let them know here.
Onward and upward, together.
Yours in upvotes,