I’m exposed to a lot of music because of my various jobs, and I have always marveled at how well it represents what’s going on in our lives, our relationships and our broader culture. I didn’t think it was really possible that another creative medium would ever travel across borders with the same social impact and speed.
Thank goodness Kevin Systrom co-founded Instagram, which captured the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” in a new social-media platform that forever changed the way we communicate. Today, Instagram has 100 million users, who have shared more than 5 billion photos of everything you can imagine — last night’s pizza or crème brûlée, beautiful sunsets, favorite pairs of slippers — as well as pictures of devastating storms and dispatches from political campaigns. It’s easy, fun, smart and whimsical.
Kevin has already left an indelible mark on our culture before reaching the age of 30. I can’t wait to see what he dreams up next.
Seacrest is a TV and radio host and producer
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