Imgur (pronounced imager and stylized as imgur) is an online image hosting service founded by Alan Schaaf in 2009 in Athens, Ohio. it describes itself as “the home to the web’s most popular image content, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing.” It offers free image hosting to millions of users a day, and a comment-based social community. The company supports itself with revenue generated from ad sales, Pro accounts, commercial hosting and merchandise.
On October 22, 2012, Imgur released a user-submitted gallery, which allows users to submit directly to the gallery for public view, comments and votes.
On June 26, 2013, it released its first content creation tool, the Imgur Meme Generator, which offers simple meme creation as well as a public gallery of popular meme templates.
The official Imgur mascot is the Imguraffe, which was created originally as an April Fools’ Day joke, but was “too cute to give up”, thereby becoming the official mascot
As of 2013, Imgur has largely overtaken other hosts, such as Photobucket, ImageShack, and TinyPic.
In its first month, Imgur saw 93,000 pageviews. According to Edgecast, Imgur’s former CDN, we serves more images in 10 minutes than there are in the entire Library of Congress. In 2012, there were 300 million images uploaded, 364 billion image views counted, and 42 petabytes of data transferred.