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Looking Back with the #TBTs of 2013

Want to see more blasts from the past or share a nostalgic photo or video of your own? Post with or browse the #TBT and #throwbackthursday hashtags.

With over 127 million posts shared using the #TBT (#throwbackthursday) hashtag, it’s little wonder that #TBT came in as one of the most-used hashtags of 2013 on Instagram. Throwback Thursdays provide Instagrammers with a weekly opportunity to share a special moment from the past. As this year has shown, the trend has expanded and attracted participation from actors, musicians, sports stars and even US First Lady Michelle Obama. To celebrate this trend and the moments of the past it commemorates, we’ve selected a few stand-out #TBT photos from 2013.

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Capturing the Moments of 2013 on Instagram

To see more photos and videos of events from around the world in 2013, browse blog posts with the Current Events tag.

In 2013, people used Instagram to not only document and share the world around them, but also capture some of the most memorable moments of the year.

From opening a window into the clean-up operation in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan to hosting the first InstaMeets at the White House and in Russia, here are some of the top moments on Instagram from 2013:

  1. Catholics bid farewell to Pope Benedict XVI and welcome Pope Francis
  2. Egyptians gather in Tahrir Square and revolt against President Morsi
  3. @joemcnallyphoto snaps a #fromwhereistand from atop the Burj Khalifa
  4. People document the for the US Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage in California
  5. Instagram celebrates the marriage of @robinmay and @matthewjay, the first known couple to wed after meeting on Instagram
  6. @dguttenfelder, @drewkelly and others share moments from North Korea
  7. Russia sees its first InstaMeet, as does the White House
  8. The world welcomes the birth of Prince George, and another celebrity baby makes her debut.
  9. Michelle Obama joins the #tbt (#ThrowbackThursday) bandwagon
  10. Kobe Bryant walks again
  11. People document the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan’s destruction in the Philippines
  12. Batkid saves San Francisco as crowds document his adventure with the #sfbatkid hashtag
  13. Crowds gather to mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela and celebrate his life

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Top Locations on Instagram in 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, it’s once again time to look back on another amazing year on Instagram. It’s inspiring to see moments shared from all around the world, whether it’s a photo from your hometown or a video from your vacation. We took a look at the location trends to find the most-Instagrammed places of 2013.

Like last year, a popular location in Thailand tops the list. The Siam Paragon (สยามพารากอน)—a massive shopping complex, movie theater and aquarium in Bangkok—was our top spot, edging out 2012’s most-Instagrammed place, Bangkok’s International Airport. Suvarnabhumi Airport dropped to number nine, while the Eiffel Tower dropped off the top-ten list altogether. (See more from last year’s list here.)

New to the most-popular list in 2013: Walt Disney World, High Line and Central Park in New York City and the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas.

The Most-Instagrammed Locations of 2013

  1. Siam Paragon (สยามพารากอน) shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand
  2. Times Square, New York
  3. Disneyland, California
  4. Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas
  5. Disney World Florida
  6. Staples Center, Los Angeles
  7. Central Park, New York
  8. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
  9. Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ, Bangkok, Thailand
  10. The High Line, New York

In the course of the past year, we’ve seen Instagram continue to grow across the globe. We’ve been amazed to see the community thrive in places like Indonesia, Russia and Brazil. 60% of Instagrammers are now sharing photos and videos from outside of the United States, so we wanted to also share the most-Instagrammed cities in the world.

The Most-Instagrammed Cities of 2013

  1. New York City, NY, USA
  2. Bangkok, Thailand
  3. Los Angeles, CA, USA
  4. London, UK
  5. São Paulo, Brazil
  6. Moscow, Russia
  7. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  8. San Diego, CA, USA
  9. Las Vegas, NV, USA
  10. San Francisco, CA, USA