I still can’t quite believe that it has been, at this point, over ten years since Instapaper was launched. Over those ten years it has been in and out of my life (it’s back in, currently) but there can be few apps or services that have endured the way Marco’s read-it-later app has done, even if it has changed hands a couple of times since then.
On January 28, 2008, Marco Arment announced a new side project called Instapaper. Ten years and billions of articles later, we’re thrilled to be helping our readers learn, research and experience the Internet removed from the typical distractions. First, we want to thank all of our users. Whether you’ve been around since the Marco days, joined us when betaworks took over the development or signed up after our acquisition by Pinterest, thank you! We wouldn’t be anywhere without you, and we look forward to incorporating your requests into our 2018 updates.
In Internet years a decade is a century. Instapaper predates the App Store, Google Chrome and the entire Android OS, so we wanted to take this opportunity to look back on some of our product and business milestones.
That Tumblr post (ironic, I know) post is well worth a read, if only to check out some of the screenshots from over the years!