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The Imgur Blog by Mike Ainslie - 21h ago

Break out the balloons, and commence the confetti! Imgur is celebrating its 10th Birthday, and a decade of memes, magic, and memories.

All the way back in 2009 our founder and CEO Alan Schaaf started Imgur from his living room in Ohio as a gift to the internet. 10 years, and a trillion post views later, Imgur is the internet’s best place for genuine, community-driven entertainment.

Join us on a trip down memory lane as we look back at all the moments that defined Imgur’s decade.

Happy 10th Birthday, Imgur!

For one week only (18th – 23rd February 2019) every post is a party – Find the cake button on any post and let the confetti rain down! Imgurians can also earn the limited edition Imgur 10th Birthday trophy by posting with the Imgur10 tag. Share your favorite memories, fondest community moments, or a cute picture of your cat – That always works.

Thank you to everyone who made the last 10 years so amazing, and cheers to many more.

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The Imgur Blog by Mike Ainslie - 1w ago

Meet Luke Humphries, best known for his Imgur Let’s Play series, where the Imgur community decides the fate of the eponymous protagonist.

The series follows the bizarre adventures of our unsuspecting hero, who falls into a hole whilst hiking. The Imgur community was charged with the dubious task of rescuing Luke from this predicament.

The rule is simple: Top comment decides the next step in the adventure.

Thanks to the Imgur community’s creativity, Luke finds himself thrust into a world of supernatural beings and spooky-scary skeleton armies. A frequent appearance in Most Viral with 148,000 upvotes across 71 posts, it’s safe to say Imgurians have fallen in love with Luke’s shenanigans.

We took a moment to ask the real Luke some questions about his best known series, his previous comics, and just a little bit about the person behind the comics. 

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

A: I’m a comic creator, my name is Luke Humphris which has given me the nice privilege of being able to choose the very boring handle of @lukehumphris on Imgur and most websites.

Q: You’re Australian, correct? You’ve made reference to working in London, and travelling across Europe. Where do you call home now?

A: Yes, I am Australian. I call Toronto home now, I just became a resident here too which is great. I like big cities and I like the cold, so it is exactly where I want to be.

Q: You were on Imgur for quite some time before Imgur Let’s Play – What inspired the idea?

A: I completely ripped off the idea from a Cyanide and Happiness forum post where someone was making a comic based on suggestions. I wanted to do it on Imgur because there is ALWAYS someone to give a suggestion. Not always a good one, but there is always someone there. The community never sleeps.

Q: How has it been letting the Imgur Community lead your story-telling?

A: Unpredictable. I generally brainstorm about how the next few pages will play out, but what I think will happen rarely comes into fruition. Early on I was pretty sure we were going to ride bigfoot out of the hole so I started to think about what his house would look like, his family, but that never happened.

So in that sense it is a lot of fun as I don’t even know how it is all going to play out. Personally I love it when someone derails everything in the story, and occasionally I like to do some ‘be careful what you wish for’ type of pages and derail it myself.

Q: How long will the adventures of Luke go on for?

A: I am aiming somewhere around 100 pages, so the story is in about the last quarter. Good chance I will create a second one after this eventually. No idea if the next one will include Luke or not.

Q: Will your next endeavour be another community based comic, or do you have any different ideas?

A: I am contemplating a let’s build series in the future. Like those old diagrams with a ship cut in half. Top comment decides what room will be built next, might do an underground nuclear bunker or spaceship we all make together. Learning a bit of pixel art so that might be cool.

Q: Would you say any other comic creators inspired your style?

A: Big inspirations from Julia Wertz, Art Spiegelman, Allie Brosh. Honestly any autobiographical comics I read I just eat up and love.

Q: Some of your stories tackle mental health, your difficulties with alcohol, and other issues that wouldn’t always be common place in comics – What encouraged you to share these stories?

A: Free therapy mostly. I’m a pretty introverted dude, and I have plenty of people I can talk to, but when I write about experiences on paper it just helps me understand it and sometimes let it go. If I have even a dark thought, once I put it on paper and put it out in the world, it just seems kind of silly, and I just feel embarrassed, which takes all the power away from it. So yeah, put a spotlight on it, throw it out into the world, and I can deal with it.


Q: Is Luke from the Let’s Play the same as the real Luke we see in your other work?

A: Yes, everything is 100% canon. Though to be honest I put myself in everything because I think it is the funniest thing ever. If I ever become successful though, I am going to look super conceited. Not stopping though.

Q: How long does it take you to produce a comic?

A: Anywhere between 30 mins – 2 hours. Depends if I got netflix going in the background. These comics are not my best possible art, but that means I can produce these pages without it being too much of a hassle.

Q: Where would you like to see Luke (both real and fictional) in an ideal world?

A: Well, everyone keeps saying Luke should go to town on himself. I have been trying to avoid it but people keep pushing for it, so I feel like destiny is heading in that direction. I think that’s what I would like to see. As for fictional Luke, I don’t know, whatever the comments decide I guess.

Q: Wild card – Answer anything you’d like people to know.

A:  Two times accidentally, once on purpose.

Thanks to Luke for taking the time to answer some of our questions. To take part in Luke’s adventure, and to add your own comment, the entire series can be found here. If you’d like to see more of Luke’s comics, and keep up to date with his personal series, check out his website www.lukeatsea.com

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When you’re sharing to Imgur, we want you to feel confident that the right people are seeing your posts. For increased clarity around the visibility of your uploads, we’ve consolidated our post privacy settings. As always, the full rundown of your privacy on Imgur can be found in our Privacy Policy.

When you upload a post to Imgur, you have two post privacy options: Hidden and Public.

A hidden post means that your post is not shared with the general Imgur community and can only be accessed via the URL. Hidden posts cannot be searched, will not receive comments or votes, and will not appear in your user profile. Hidden posts are never entirely private because they can always be accessed by other people with access to the URL.

A public post means that your post is shared with the Imgur community and is available for commenting, voting, and will appear in your user profile. Public posts will appear in Imgur search results.

Both post types can be found in your newly consolidated user profile, which can be accessed at imgur.com/user/{username}. When others view your profile, they will see only your public posts.

On the Imgur apps, post privacy settings can be toggled between hidden and public during upload. A public post will be immediately shared to the community and available in your user profile, whereas a hidden post will simply result in the post URL.

On Imgur for desktop, all uploads are defaulted to hidden. If you’re just looking for a post URL, simply drag and drop your post, then copy the link. Selecting “Share With Community” will make your post public.

Post privacy settings can be toggled at any time from within the post itself. If at any point you want to make your post public, you can simply visit the URL while logged into your account and select “Share with Community” or “Make Public.”

This update deprecates the custom thumbnail feature and custom sorting options for posts/albums. Instead, visitors to your profile page can toggle your public posts by newest, oldest, or best. As of January 29, 2019, we no longer offer a user profile that displays Hidden posts/albums.

That’s all, folks! We hope these simplified privacy statuses make sharing your posts more clear. If you run into any questions regarding your post privacy, please feel free to contact our support team at help.imgur.com.

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The Imgur Blog by Mike Ainslie - 1M ago

New Year’s Resolutions are notoriously hard to stick to even just into the first week of January – let alone for an entire year. That said, there are a small group of dedicated Imgurians who put the rest of us to shame with their dedication to a cause. These are the Imgurians who embarked upon a year long challenge in 2018 to do something every day.

First up is @ImportantQuestions, who set out to draw the top comment every day. It got weird. It got wild. From sexy avocados to a heartwarming proposal from @TinyOctopus, no matter what the top comment was, it was drawn. After 365 days of drawing the top comment, they were finally asked to draw themselves a trophy, and a very well deserved one at that.

A drawing everyday for 635 days (365/365) WE DID IT!

Not to be outdone in perseverance, and not one to settle for something tame like a rubber band ball, we have @TheAccountant100 who for 365 days entertained Imgurians with his ever increasing ball of aluminium foil. We watched in wonder and awe as the small pebble of foil grew and grew to become an absolute unit of mankind’s willpower. We also vote that they now microwave it.

Growing Aluminum Foil Ball (Day 365/365)

Crochet is a pastime often reserved for relaxation and reflection; but one Imgurian has taken that to the next level. @ImADoctorNotAnImgurian crocheted a brand new flower every day for a year, ending up with what must be a veritable botanical garden of woolen wonders. Not to settle with just that, they have now moved onto crocheting squares every week so that their flowers can one day make a blanket, all in the name of charity.

I crochet a flower every day of 2018. Day 365. (december 31)

Last, and certainly not least, is an effort we can wholeheartedly support from @IPostACorgiEveryDayTillIGetACorgi, who, as the name might suggest, has posted a corgi everyday since late January 2018. Self-described as a “corgi loving girl on a mission,” they have blessed Imgur with a horde of corgis for nearly an entire year. We’ll be checking back daily to get our dose of corgi love.

Day 342: Again!

With 2019 in full swing, we can’t wait to see what crazy shenanigans Imgurians get up to this year.

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The first great news of 2019 is in: Imgur’s CEO and founder, Alan Schaaf, was featured on one of tech’s biggest podcasts, Recode Decode.

In 45-minutes of conversation, Kara and Alan discuss the early days of Imgur, how Imgur tackles the ugliness of social media, the proper pronunciation of GIF, and more. Thanks to Recode and Kara Swisher for having us.

You can find the audio version and the transcribed version here.

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With Christmas behind us, and the opening salvo of 2019 about to begin, we’re taking a moment to look back at this year’s Imgur Secret Santa – Which, with 33,500 entries from 128 different countries, was our biggest and best yet.

First, let’s take a look at the numbers (infographic by @CloakerJosh)

Gifted and gifting there were around 15,000 posts to the #secret_santa tag so far this year, with grateful recipients and excited senders sharing their Secret Santa surprises with their fellow Imgurians. Here are just a few of our favorites:

User @bmusser shared their amazing 3D printed creation, a custom lamp featuring a pair of perfectly printed puppers.

Secret Santa Project finished

It’s Christmas morning 1996. An oddly wide and shallow box waits for you under the tree. Frantically you rip off the wrapping paper from the corner to reveal the words you had begged Santa to see – ‘Nintendo 64’. One Imgurian got to relive that magic this year with their very own N64, and Ocarina of Time. @HandOverTheFlapJacks and his son, with the help of a huge snack package, spent their Winter break bringing peace to Hyrule – All thanks to @J0HI0

Secret Santa going ALL OUT

Some presents are wrapped in paper. Some presents are mysteries wrapped in an enigma! That’s exactly what @RoaringMerp received when their thoughtful, yet cryptic present from @MrQuezada1 arrived on their doorstep.

First Imgur Secret Santa

Hoping to bring the One True Queen back to the throne of Westeros, @TheAlmightyFuzz crafted a trio of incredible dragon eggs from the hit show, Game of Thrones. 3D printed, coated in epoxy and hand painted, the end result is fit for a queen.

Hope my Secret Santa likes them!

Every year we are fortunate enough to have Secret Santa superheroes who register as back up gifters. Back up gifters allow us to rematch those who didn’t receive a gift with one of these bonafide superstars. If you’re participating in the Imgur Secret Santa and want to register as a Secret Santa hero head over to https://imgur.com/secretsanta, under your profile navigate to “Backup gifter” to sign up.

Thanks to everyone who has made this year’s Secret Santa the biggest and best ever! Remember to share your amazing gifts with the Imgur community by using the #secret_santa tag.

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As another fantastic year comes to a close, we’d like to take a moment to reflect upon the amazing posts that graced Imgur in 2018. To us, these posts represent some of the most memorable, honest and profound moments for our community–they reached hundreds of thousands (or even millions) of people, brought us laughs, helped cure our social media fatigue, and made our corner of the internet truly special.

View the full Best of 2018 collection on Imgur at http://imgur.com/t/best_of_2018, or checkout some of the highlights below.

For the first time ever, #unmuted sound came to Imgur, opening up the full world of video and a new level of laughter the community hadn’t experienced before. Sound on!

Please Play with Sound

Sound on.

Water boarding a chicken

From Bongo Cat to the Church of Bubz to Surprised Pikachu and Bowsette, the memes of 2018 were the gifts they kept on giving all year long.

A masterpiece to say the least

Everyone needs to see this

We need to go deeper.

Every day we’re impressed by the creative original content shared by the Imgur community, and this year was no exception. Cosplayers, comic artists, makers and hobbyists made 2018 a great year for OC.

ol musky

My Best wildlife videos, according to the IC

I made a sphere out of approximately 42,000 matches

Imgurians like @missfilipina, @thepancakewarrior, @lukehumphris, and @lagomorpha united the community to make a positive impact, help those in need, and create together.

Imgur Let's play: Top comment decides what action Luke does next

RePost b/c of GIF making issues… HAILEES' CHAIR WAS DELIVERED TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!

I did it again, Imgur! (feeding time)

Thanks for being a part of Imgur’s journey and history in 2018. Happy New Year!

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Spirits are high and hearts are full at Imgur HQ today. Over the weekend, we completed our 24-hour Extra Life gaming marathon in support of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through the power of teamwork, dedication, horse heads, and coffee, Team Imgur absolutely annihilated our goal — raising $22,200 (and counting!) for the kids! We’re honored to be #30 amongst the 45,190 teams that played for Extra Life this year. These donations go directly to funding treatments and programs to kids at the CMN Hospitals, regardless of their illnesses or ability to pay.

Imgur HQ was host to over 200 Imgurians from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond starting November 3, 2018, and we livestreamed the entire event to the Imgur community on Twitch. Gamers pledged their 24 hours to a variety of gaming tournaments, running VR demos, board game marathons, running an American Ninja Warrior Course, cheered on by the amazing folks in the Imgur Twitch chat.

I spent the night with Imgur

Lest we forget @IPostDogs getting horse kissies from @Sarah

Head to Head Beat Saber @ Imgur Extra Life 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended the event, volunteered, tuned in, and especially to those who donated to help us reach our goal. Many thanks to our amazing sponsors Atari, Bare Snacks, Domino’s Pizza, New Belgium Brewing, Redbox, Elgato, HTC Vive, Brainfizz, DJ Nerdi Wan, and Dynamo Donut + Coffee — your support kept our gamers going and helped us achieve victory.

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Extra Life is a mega gaming marathon where gamers worldwide set out to play games for 24 hours to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, an organization of 170 hospitals that care for sick children, regardless of income or illness.

For 24 hours on November 3rd, Imgur will be streaming our Extra Life event live from Imgur HQ alongside an awesome group of Imgurians committed to playing games and saving kids. We’ll be hosting gaming tournaments, D&D sessions, VR, board games and so much more. You can join in by tuning into our live stream on Twitch.

You can participate in Extra Life from anywhere! Join the team or simply leave a donation at http://extra-life.org/team/imgur. Even $1 is meaningful to these kids.

We hope you can tune in and join us for this awesome event, and help us smash our fundraising goal.

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Snacks is an immersive, full-screen GIF & video experience that you can digest quickly during any moment of the day, and today it’s getting a delicious new look on iOS.

Previously, Snacks consisted of a single stream, based on one daily curated theme, but after seeing significant week-over-week feature growth, Snacks is moving on up to a prominent home in the app with a new, easy to navigate interface.

The new Snacks on iOS lives in a dedicated tab in the menu bar. There you will see a wide selection of frequently updated channels encompassing all the magic of the internet — cats to cars, from dogs to DIY. Get snacking on an uninterrupted stream of bite-sized video content, including, for the first time, sound! Snacks are updated daily with new channels built from Imgur’s community-powered content.

Once you’ve selected a stream you can navigate forwards and backwards by tapping on the edges of your screen, unmute or mute sound in the top right, hold to replay, or swipe up to see the post in full.

We’re excited to share this new development with you! A huge thanks to our dedicated Beta Testers who helped try this feature out. Download Imgur for iOS here.

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