What is Instagram?


When Instagram launched in 2010, users were limited to only post photos, but the app later added filters and additional editing features. Today, you can post to the app and post existing photos and videos from any of your devices. With your photos, you have many filter options and the ability to optimize and edit. 

This social media application is used by more than a billion people around the world to share photos, videos, and messages. Youngsters use Instagram to celebrate big milestones, share everyday moments, stay connected with friends and family, build community support, connect with others, and share their passions and interests – whether it is a story feed, a live IGTV app, or an Instagram live that lets users share longer videos directly to anyone. 

Compared to other social networks, Instagram is simple in that it focuses on sharing photos and videos with friends. Like most social media apps, Instagram allows you to follow users you care about. This generates a feed on your homepage that shows the latest posts of these users.

The service also added a messaging feature, the ability to include multiple images and videos in a single post, stories, a feature like Snapchat, but in the main opposition of the service, which allows users to post photos and videos to a sequential feed for 24 hours, with each post accessible to others. Before 2015, photos posted on Instagram were limited to a square aspect ratio. However, the service itself was expanded to 15-second videos in 2013.

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