The team behind Instagram has revealed the very first picture ever to be uploaded to the photo-sharing app, two years after the service was launched.
The photo itself was taken by Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s co-founder and CEO, and features his girlfriend’s flip-flopped foot alongside a dog. Though the image itself may be a little disappointing it is certainly significant, being the first of over one billion shots uploaded by in excess of 50 million users.
Instagram didn’t go public until October 2010 but was being tested several months earlier, leading to the image in question. At the time the app hadn’t even been given a title, instead being known simply as ‘Codename’.
The service has since gone on to enjoy enormous success and has expanded beyond its iOS roots to support Android devices as well, with the app’s developers saying that a version for other mobile platforms is “on our roadmap”.
Earlier this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg oversaw a $1b dollar purchase of the photo-sharing app, although the Financial Times has reported that the deal is still awaiting approval by US authorities. Facebook has also since released its own dedicated mobile photo service, Facebook Camera.