How Instagram was created
To answer the question of how Instagram was created, first, you need to know about the Instagram predecessor, Burbn. It allowed people to check-in in locations, plan further check-ins, earn points for hanging out with friends and post pictures of their meetup. That’s not that easy to explain!
It was overcomplicated. It had some user base, though. Systrom kept tweaking it, which eventually led to hiring Mike Krieger. They doubled down on app analytics and wanted to understand more how the users were using the app to tailor it to their needs. It turned out that the location-based core features were rarely used, but users loved the photo-sharing part.
Then, the decision has been made to cut the clutter features down to a minimum and focus on what’s already been appreciated by users. That’s how Instagram was created. Burbn pivoted to become an extremely simple photo-sharing app.