What Is Instagram?


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Instagram is a social networking website based upon sharing pictures with other users. Instagram allows users to take a photograph and then use one of the site's filters to alter the picture before uploading it so that other users can see it and post comments about it.

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The name for Instagram comes from combining they way old cameras were marketed as “instant” and the way pictures were being sent over the wires to other users, like a telegram. Instagram was created to solve three basic problems: mobile photos typically never looked very well done, sharing to multiply platforms was a time-consuming process and uploading pictures was too slow and clumsy.

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