I had a thought once: "How does Instagram associate URLs to the posts?" Turns out, that they all start with instagram.com/p (for post), followed by a series of alphanumeric characters.
But what happens if after "/p/" you put A, B, C and so on? It appears that you can find the first 26 posts of the social network. I was in luck: I've discovered the information that nobody in the world had - what the first post on Instagram really was
The thing is, when the Time magazine asked Instagram's founder Kevin Systrom, what photo was the first to be published, he recollected his post with a dog
. Later on all the journalists and even Wikipedia
referred back to this interview.
But Kevin's memory let him down. Digging through the code of the first (in alphabetical order) posts, I found GMT timestamps - precise to the second.
Thanks to them, I found out that the real first post
on Instagram was a picture of a South Beach Harbour yachts by the Pier 38
, which Mike Krieger (co-founder of Instagram) published.