Imgur is a hugely popular image hosting service, used a great deal to share images on sites like reddit, Twitter, Facebook, Digg and various blogs, forums and message boards (especially reddit). The service has been around since early 2009 and gets 15,372,253 monthly uploads, which attract 29,392,887,388 monthly views, yet the service still doesn’t have official mobile apps. That’s about to change.
Imgur Director of Communications Sarah Schaaf tells WebProNews, “There are mobile app plans! We have plans for both Android and iPhone apps and hope to have them ready by fall.”
There are other apps out there designed to lend to the mobile uploading of images to Imgur, but nothing right from Imgur itself. It remains to be seen just what the official apps will have to offer that the unofficial ones don’t, but don’t expect too many fancy bells and whistles.
Imgur tags itself as “the simple image sharer”. Considering that Instagram was just bought up by Facebook for $1 billion, it wouldn’t be surprising if more image services looked to do more interesting things, but clearly Imgur’s users like it the way it is. A simple look at the reddit front page will tell you that. It doesn’t sound like Imgur is looking to rock the boat too much.
“Our main goal is to keep things simple, so we don’t want to add anything that compromises that logic,” Schaaf tells us. “We continually work on changes that make the user experience easier and take suggestions from users as to what they’d like to see on the site. Those are reviewed and implemented as they are received.”
“Our current goals for the future are based around the community aspect of the site, which encompasses the gallery and the Imgurians who interact with the images and other users,” she adds.
I’m sure “Imgurians” will appreciate that.