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Imgur is a renowned image-sharing and hosting platform that was established in 2009 by Alan Schaaf. The website[3], which quickly gained popularity, reached a million total page views within five months of its existence. Imgur is recognized for its wide-ranging content, including memes and GIFs, which are a significant part of internet[4] culture. The platform has also introduced various features over the years to enhance user experience[1], such as direct image sharing[2], user accounts, paid pro accounts, and a meme generator service. The platform’s accessibility improved with the launch of an Android app, facilitating seamless image sharing and browsing. However, the platform has had to enhance its security[5] protocols following a breach in 2017. Imgur has also secured notable investments over the years, helping it expand its services and user base.

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1. user experience. User Experience (UX) is a broad term that encompasses every aspect of an end-user's interaction with a company, its services, or its products. This includes users' perceptions and responses, both emotional and cognitive, during and after the use of a system, product, or service. User Experience also involves users' beliefs, preferences, and behaviors. While usability, a component of UX, focuses on the practical aspects of a system, UX incorporates a holistic view of system use. User experience is a vital factor in increasing brand loyalty and customer base growth. Its history dates back to the Machine Age, with notable contributions from figures like Frederick Winslow Taylor, Henry Ford, and Donald Norman. Today, technology advancements continue to shape and expand the field.Developer Experience (DX) is the analog of UX for software developers. It represents the experience developers have with the tools, processes, and software they use in their work. A high-quality DX can significantly impact the overall user experience, thus contributing to the success of the product. The importance of DX is increasingly recognized in the field of software services, where ease of use can serve as a key market differentiator. This concept has been explored by various authors and researchers, and it's also emphasized in international standards like ISO 9241-210, which advocates for human-centered design.
2. image sharing. "Image Sharing" refers to the digital dissemination of photographs on various online platforms. It began in the mid to late 1990s with services primarily focusing on online print ordering. Over time, numerous platforms like Webshots, SmugMug, Yahoo! Photos, and Flickr have flourished, offering different revenue models including free, subscription-based, and revenue-sharing. There are various methods for image sharing, including peer-to-peer sharing, peer-to-server, peer-to-browser, and via social networks. Nowadays, mobile and app-based image sharing is also popular, with platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and Nice leading the way. Technological advances such as AI and facial recognition software have transformed the way images are shared and classified. However, these developments have also raised privacy concerns and criticism, with employers and privacy activists debating the implications of image sharing on social networks.
Imgur (Wikipedia)

Imgur (/ˈɪmɪər/ IM-ih-jər, stylized as imgur) is an American online image sharing and image hosting service with a focus on social gossip that was founded by Alan Schaaf in 2009. The service has hosted viral images and memes, particularly those posted on Reddit.

Type of site
Image hosting service
Available inEnglish
Founded2009; 15 years ago (2009)
OwnerMediaLab AI, Inc.
Created byAlan Schaaf
URLOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata
LaunchedFebruary 23, 2009; 15 years ago (2009-02-23)
Current statusActive
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