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Imgur is an image sharing community and former image host.
Seems stable for now. Images submitted by free users are deleted after not being accessed for 6 months.
Imgur serves a massive amount of traffic. In 2012 alone, 42 petabytes of data were transferred. Fortunately, the amount of images uploaded is much less, albeit still a lot. In 2012, around 300,000,000 images were uploaded; assuming an average size of 120KB, that's 36TB in one year. As of 2014, there were 650 million images with 1.5 million being added each day according to one source. An analysis in 2015 based on extrapolation from a sample of random image IDs estimated about 2 billion images with a total raw full-resolution image size of 376 TiB.
Imgur was originally created as a gift to the Reddit community because of problems experienced with other image hosting services. It was used extensively on Reddit for many years until Reddit introduced their own native image host (at http://i.redd.it/) in 2016, causing a significant decrease in submissions to Imgur.
In 2018, there were reports that Imgur had started to enforce their terms of service, specifically that using Imgur for image hosting is not permitted and may result in deletion of those images.
A sitemap of all images from May 2017 onwards can be found at https://imgur.com/imgur-assets/sitemap_gallery/gallery_images.xml
While the Wayback Machine is able to save individual Imgur posts as of 2022, the "trending" section and the home page are not saved properly, as indicated by archives from November and December displaying the same trends on the front page.
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- Imgur (from the Wayback Machine, 1 November 2022) (mirrored)
- Imgur (from the Wayback Machine, 2 December 2022) (mirrored)