6 October 2010 when Kevin Systrom’s Instagram officially launched in the App Store, not exactly to be the mobile equivalent of Flickr, but an app for building a community for sharing stories through photos, two years of which saw it growing to 100 million users (or IGers), with over 5 billion photos shared, with an Android version to boot, and getting into that 1 billion US dollar deal with Facebook.
I signed up to Instagram December of that year without really understanding what it’s for, until my wife got into it, getting more likes and eventually more virtual friends (from across the globe!), and hitting the Popular page with her daily posts. Photography is a hobby (I have a DSLR and stints with amazing point and shoots) but Instagram made it a habit, and while I didn’t really care about styles and techniques, I had to make sure my Instagram feed is worth following and commenting on. And so my wife and I took Instagram seriously and made some really good friends, on and off Instagram.
Helping organize the first Instagram Worldwide Instameet (and the succeeding meet-ups) the idea of an Instagram community for Filipino IGers struck me and in April 2011 Instagramers Manila (or @IGersManila in Instagram) was created as the official Philippine representative at the Instagramers.com network and later started the #9pmhabit, and the rest as they say is history, with the community growing everyday with awesome photos and stories to tell. Together with fellow IGers and moderators Ed Calaycay, Petim Maminta, and Pinky Delos Reyes, we’re gearing @IGersManila toward Instagram’s original purpose – communicating through images – that which we’re very proud to have attained with the many friendships built and interest groups created. Transcending photography, @IGersManila is a community of visual storytellers, with the #9pmhabit being our daily sharing of artwork uniquely Filipino.
Happy birthday Instagram, cheers to more years!
In the photo above are the logo transitions of Instagram and Instagramers.com.