What Happened to Instagram?

Founded in 2010 as an image-sharing social platform, Instagram has become one of the most popular apps in social media…

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Founded in 2010 as an image-sharing social platform, Instagram has become one of the most popular apps in social media history.

First launched with limitations on the size of images and how content could be shared, over the years Instagram has become more versatile in its operations – supporting an increasing number of actions and types of content.

Some of the core features that have been added since its launch include:

  • The option to direct message other users and accounts
  • The Instagram stories feature
  • Live streams
  • Multi-photo grid posts
  • Reels
  • Shopping tools

Not to mention the increased and ever-growing access to data insights for business and influencer accounts.

In 2012, Facebook purchased Instagram – connecting the two social platforms and giving users a chance to share across their accounts. The parent company has subsequently been renamed as Meta, which owns and operates both Facebook and Instagram as well as a series of other social platforms and apps.

Why Does Instagram Shut Down Occasionally?

As with any app, Instagram is subject to the occasional error and fault – however, the scale of users who access Instagram 24 hours per day means that even the most minor of errors are picked up on instantly.

The number of searches for ‘What Happened to Facebook?’ rise exponentially whenever the app is experiencing an outage or error.

Suffice to say though, Instagram always fixes any issues swiftly, supporting personal users, business account holders, and influencers as they grow their profile and expand their community.

Are you a fan of Instagram? How long have you been using the platform?