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Imgur was originally offered as a "gift" to Digg users, and when it didn't gain traction there MrGrimm re-branded it as a "gift" to Redditors.

It was posted to both Digg and Reddit on the same day. The Digg post never gained any traction and when the server went down under the load MrGrimm deleted the reddit post (but not the digg post, since it gained no traction).

He made a second Reddit post the next day.

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/9tlwi/im_the_imgur_gu...

Citation? My recollection is that imgur didn't show up until after the Digg exodus and happened on Reddit first, but maybe I just didn't see the Digg side of it.


> I posted it on Reddit, Digg, and a couple forums that I frequent at the same time.

Imgur was never a reddit exclusive thing. It was just mentioned to advertise and gain loyalty from reddit users.

Yeah, unless he was just embellishing when he posted this: https://www.reddit.com/r/reddit.com/comments/7zlyd/my_gift_t...

Which, honestly isn't a bad thing if he did.

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