Hurricane Irene swept through the Caribbean and East Coast of the United States last week, causing damage and major flooding in many states. While Irene made its way up the coast, photos uploaded to Instagram provided live coverage. You can discover more images of the rain, flooding, empty streets, and various survival kits via #irene and #hurricaneirene tags, as well as on instacane.com, a website created by developers Chris Ackermann and Peter Ng that uses the Instagram API to display photos related to the hurricane.
We also saw journalists and news organizations utilize Instagram in order to record activity surrounding this story. To complement its live coverage, the Wall Street Journal displayed a feed of Instagram photos on its live blog, and New York Times journalist Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) shared his photos of the hurricane as it passed through Nags Head, N.C.
The Boston Herald has profiled Instagrammer Keith Sliney (@pantone356) and his Boston Signage Project, an effort to capture 100 iconic signs in the Boston area. Check out the article for all the details, then take a look at the #100bostonsigns tag to view all the photos that make up this project, which Sliney hopes to complete by September 2011.
In addition to his Boston Signage Project, Keith also oversees the Instagram account for the Boston Celtics basketball team, @celtics, the most popular professional sports account on Instagram.
Ever wonder how people get those incredible close-up shots of tiny bugs or that fisheye shot of the entire sky using only their phones? We don’t want to give away any secrets, but they’re most likely using either the Olloclip, an all-in-one snap on lens that includes fisheye, macro and wide angle; or the Photojojo magnetic lenses!
From time to time, we see important world events unfold on Instagram. Last week, we saw Instagrammers in London document the protests and riots that broke out in their city. These photos serve as a reminder of how mobile photography and technology can give us insight into major world events as they happen. We’ve featured some of the photos here so those not already following Instagrammers in London could get a glimpse into the events that have taken place there recently. You can view more photos from the protest and riots by searching #londonriots in the app (Profile > Search Instagram > Tags).
After 10 months in the App Store, Instagram has grown to a community of over 7 million people. In that time, we’ve grown from 2 people to a team of 4, and today we’re excited to welcome the fifth member of the Instagram team, Jessica Zollman (@jayzombie). Jessica joins as our Community Evangelist, where she’ll help nurture all aspects of the Instagram community. That includes everything from community outreach to holding events, to writing on our blog, to helping people with their technical support issues, to helping write copy for future launches.
It was clear to us early on that Jessica is passionate about Instagram. In fact, before our public launch, she noticed her friend, Cole Rise (@colerise), publishing his Instagram photos to Twitter. “After I saw Cole using it, I literally begged for access to the beta and knew once I posted my first photo that Instagram was the perfect medium for my photography.”
We’re so excited to have Jessica on the Instagram team and are actively seeking more folks passionate about Instagram to join our team. Check out this blog post to get an idea of who we are and who we’re looking for – and if you think you’d be a good fit at Instagram, be sure to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your Instagram username along with your resume!
Sora, @umetaturou’s border collie, has attained celebrity status on Instagram thanks to her unmatched ability to balance objects of all shapes and sizes on her head. Sora is so adored among @umetaturou’s followers, in fact, that some have even been inspired to make artwork featuring her. Here’s a look at some of our favorite Sora photos:
On October 6, 2010 we launched Instagram in the App Store as a way for people to easily share their lives through photos taken on their iPhones. Since then, we’ve seen more than 7 million people from all around the world share photos on our platform. Today, we’re excited to announce that more than 150 million photos have been shared on Instagram and Instagrammers now share photos with one another at a rate of 15 photos per second. If you don’t yet have Instagram, you can find it for free, exclusively in the Apple App Store.
We’re constantly amazed by the range of photos shared on Instagram. People use Instagram to snap photos of everyday moments with friends and family and also to document significant personal moments, like weddings and honeymoons. There are Instagram photos from major events like the World Series and the Grammys, and some Instagram photos have even made the national news. Artists and celebrities have begun to give fans a unique look into their lives through photos, while brands like Burberry have started to realize the power of communicating with their followers through images.
Take a look at some of our favorite photos from the last 150 million below, and thank you for sharing your stories through Instagram. Here’s to another 150 million. (If you want to help us get there, take a look at our Jobs page – we’re hiring!)
Sincerely, The Instagram Team
The first of 150 million
Thousands of Instagrammers around the world organize photowalks, get-togethers and even scavenger hunts. Here’s an InstaMeet in Melbourne.
We’ve seen marriage proposals and weddings shared through Instagram. Here’s a photo @sacca snapped as his wife-to-be walked down the aisle
In San Francisco, Giants fans celebrate a World Series championship
NPR documents the crowds celebrating outside the White House after the announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death
Vancouver residents documented recovery efforts in their city after riots broke out the previous night following their hockey team’s defeat in the Stanley Cup Finals
Those in Florida for Space Shuttle Atlantis’s final voyage shared photos from the launch
NBC News shows Brian Williams on the scene in Tuscaloosa, AL, ready to report on tornado damage in the city for NBC Nightly News
ABC World News shares a photo of Diane Sawyer surveying the damage after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan
Artists and musicians have taken to Instagram as a way to share photos with their fans. The National was one of the first to join.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver thanking his fans for their birthday wishes.
Justin Bieber wishes his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, a happy birthday
At the Grammys, Lada Gaga arrives on the red carpet in an egg