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InstaMeet Roundup | 12

Are you participating in an InstaMeet soon? We want to hear about it! Tell us more here.

Over the past several weeks, Instagrammers around the world gathered to take photos and videos and share them on Instagram. Several Instagrammers crossed country and state borders to join InstaMeets and physically unite diverse communities.

For the first time ever, Indonesia and Malaysia came together in East Java, for #InstaMeetJiran, a four-day InstaMeet on the active volcano Mount Bromo. In the United States, Instagrammers from several neighboring states gathered in Little Rock, Arkansas, for the #Arkansawesome InstaMeet. Europe Instagrammers from across the continent also congregated in London for the #LondonMeet_Feb14.

To see what it’s like to attend an InstaMeet, browse the photos and videos from each meet’s hashtag page:

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Behind the InstaMeet: @firmanaldianto, Mount Bromo

In this series, we hear from the Instagrammers organizing InstaMeets in different parts of the world. To view more photos and videos from Mount Bromo, browse the #InstaMeetJiran hashtag and follow @firmanaldianto, @moriesadhtya and @rino_adlis on Instagram.

In late February, 12 Instagrammers—five from Malaysia and seven from Indonesia—gathered for #InstaMeetJiran, a four-day InstaMeet on East Java’s active volcano, Mount Bromo.

Inspiration

”#InstaMeetJiran happened because of the Malaysian Instagrammers,” explained Firman Aldianto (@firmanaldianto), an Indonesian Instagrammer who helped organize the meet-up.

"Since the last Worldwide InstaMeet,” says Malaysian Instagrammer Razieff (@razieff), “a group of us have organized several InstaMeets.” When they learned of last year’s meet-up on Indonesia’s scenic Mount Bromo, however, they were inspired to make a pilgrimage of their own.

"It was the first international InstaMeet I ever attended," Razieff says.

Organization

Firman says Malaysia Instagrammer “Shafiq (@shafiqanaksaleh_) contacted us Indonesian Instagrammers who live in Malang and told us of their plan to visit Indonesia.”

Alongside friends Mories Adhtya (@moriesadhtya) and Rino Adlis (@rino_adlis), Firman then spread the word to their friends throughout Indonesia. “First I told my friends from Malang,” explains Mories, “then I called some Instagrammers from Jakarta, Bandung, Bali, Surabaya and Makassar.”

In the end, the group included Instagrammers from Malaysia, Malang and Surbaya, many of whom were meeting for the first time.

Reflection

"This was a truly unforgettable experience," says Firman. Beyond Instagram, "we shared and learned about one another’s culture, tourism, cuisine and more."

Says Razieff, “Even though we’d never met in real life before, we all became close and still keep in touch.”

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Behind the InstaMeet: @jpanleu, Guatemala City

In this series, we hear from the Instagrammers organizing InstaMeets in different parts of the world. To view more photos and videos from the first major InstaMeet in Guatemala, browse the #InstaMeetGT hashtag and follow @jpanleu on Instagram.

For Guatemala Instagrammer José Pablo Anleu (@jpanleu), the people he follows on Instagram are a constant source of inspiration, helping him to develop his own eye as a photographer and expand his worldview. Inspired by the communities around the world he saw gather for InstaMeets, José decided to gather Guatemala Instagrammers together and kickstart an Instagram community just in time for the eighth Worldwide InstaMeet.

Inspiration

"I stumbled upon fellow Guatemalan Instagrammer Carlos Castañeda (@monodelespacio), met him in person and found a great friend to go and shoot with. We started going out and taking shots and had so much fun in the process that we wanted to replicate this in a bigger scale. Back then Instagram was barely being adopted around here, so we started putting together a bigger group with our friends, and it all started from there—the desire to nurture a creative community—because what makes Instagram beautiful is the human factor. That’s what draws me to Instameets, the people, many of whom I call friends now.

"Our Instameets are also our way to showcase Guatemala to the world—its people, sights and warmth. It’s our way of putting Guatemala on the map for the world to see and appreciate as much as we do."

Organization

"For our big meetup, we wanted to bring people to a historic place. Thanks to the support from local authorities, we decided upon Edificio de Correos, The National Postal Service central, which is a historic place and national landmark as the perfect place to explore.

"Before this meet, we had a small test run, exploring El Barretal, a coffee farm and ecotourism site, with a small group of friends using #chasingwaterfallsIM just in time for the #WWIM8. We had so much fun that we knew we had to take this experience to the next level.

"Then came our Edificio de Correos meet. To have access to such a beautiful building was unprecedented. The meet went exceptionally well. Being that it was the first big InstaMeet, we were nervous about the attendance—we honestly expected around 30 people, and to our surprise, over 140 Guatemalan Instagrammers joined us that day! To meet the faces behind the usernames was the best part, to share in person, laugh and go crazy together. Instagrammers as young as 13 years old to professionals of every field, we all shared an afternoon of good talks and awesome ‘grams."

Reflection

After his first two events, José Pablo has a few pieces of advice to share with those planning InstaMeets of their own:

  • Plan ahead and keep creativity in mind: “Planning ahead of time and getting all permits if they are necessary is definitely needed. That will guarantee a smooth experience without any setbacks. Getting support from local authorities to have access to otherwise out-of-boundaries locations will get people excited to go somewhere few have gone and get great images. That provided, spontaneity will take over. Just make sure the locations have enough visual richness to frame the creativity of a group of visually hungry Instagrammers!”
  • Have the community spread the word: “The best way to spread the word about an InstaMeet is through the people! InstaMeets are for the Instagram community and by the Instagram community so reach out to your local Instagram family to help spread the word! Word of mouth is powerful.
  • Put people first: “Something I learned from this meet is that community is first on Instagram. The pictures are beautiful evidence to the good times shared with like-minded individuals.

José Pablo also made a short film documenting the first Guatemala InstaMeet. See it below and check out our InstaMeet Documentaries channel on Vimeo for films from other InstaMeets around the world.

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InstaMeet Roundup | 11

Are you participating in an InstaMeet soon? We want to hear about it! Tell us more here.

Over the past several weeks, Instagrammers around the world gathered to take photos and videos and share them on Instagram. Communities met up for an Instameet at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, got behind-the-scenes looks at both New York Fashion Week and The New York Times printing facility and came together around the world with #standwithme in support of freedom and ending child slavery.

To see what it’s like to attend an InstaMeet, browse the photos and videos for each meet’s hashtag page:

Want to host your own InstaMeet or photowalk? Be sure to check out our blog post and explore our Behind the InstaMeet series with tips on how to organize and throw a great event.

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#standwithme: Instagrammers Come Together in Support of Freedom

To follow along with the Harr family’s efforts to end child slavery, follow @makeastandlemonaid on Instagram. For more photos and videos from the InstaMeets and to see how people are getting involved, browse the #standwithme hashtag.

This past Saturday, Instagrammers around the world came together in support of freedom and ending child slavery.

InstaMeets in Hong Kong, New York City, Mexico City, San Francisco and beyond coincided with the premiere of #standwithme (@standwithme), a documentary by Stillmotion (@stillmot) telling the story of 10-year-old Vivienne Harr and her efforts to end child slavery. After her parents showed her a photo of child workers in Nepal, Vivienne decided to open a lemonade stand and ask people to pay with “what’s in your heart” to free child slaves with the funds. After manning the stand for 365 days straight and raising over $100,000, Vivienne still wasn’t done. She and her family founded #MakeAStand! Lemon-Aid, a fair-trade lemonade company that donates a portion of its profits to leading anti-slavery organizations around the world.

To learn more about Vivienne and her family’s efforts and the plight of child slaves across the world, check out the #standwithme film and watch the trailer below.

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Behind the InstaMeet: @sejkko, Lisbon

In a new series highlighting cities where InstaMeets happen across the world, we speak to the Instagrammers behind the scenes of organizing. To view more photos and videos from the recent Lisbon InstaMeet, browse the #TwinBridgesMeet hashtag and follow @sejkko on Instagram.

For Portugal Instagrammer Manuel Pita (@sejkko), Instagram is about more than just posting beautiful content—it’s about connecting with people.

The desire to bring together Instagrammers across Europe in the picturesque city of Lisbon led to an InstaMeet of great scale for the eighth Worldwide InstaMeet.

Inspiration

"There is a special brand of creativity in Instagram that carries an European signature, both in terms of aesthetics and concept," says Manuel. "With all this came the desire to explore the connections between Europe and other strong Instagram communities in the US, Asia and Latin America."

Manuel’s idea was to host simultaneous events at Lisbon’s Ponte 25 de Abril and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in the US to symbolize the European community’s connection with the rest of the world. He got in touch with San Francisco community organizers Brock Sanders (@mrbrock21) and Jim Barcelona (@barce) via Instagram Direct and set “a beautiful project” in motion.

"During several discussions with other Instagrammers—also enabled by Instagram Direct—I became aware of how important it is for the evolution of our communities to meet in person, to be inspired by the multiple dimensions of those we follow and admire. We also spoke about the importance of encouraging people to truly own the way they interact on Instagram."

Organization

Here are Manuel’s tips for organizing an InstaMeet in your city:

  1. "Make your passion for supporting a heterogeneous community of people, united by their expression through Instagram posts, be your first and foremost motivation. This does not exclude the participation of sponsors and brands. But the main goal, and the main idea of your meeting is to bring people who share their love and curiosity for Instagram together. This will ensure that anybody who wants to take part of your initiative will feel included and indeed find a meaningful place in the meeting you organize."
  2. "Find the right balance between giving structure (planning) and allowing self-organization by the people participating in the InstaMeet. The idea of such a meeting is not that there is a fixed itinerary, where everything on a list is done in order. But equally, it is not about people gathering in one place and getting confused about what is going on. There has to be a fair degree of planning of the key elements of your meeting, along with the wonder of discovering the shape it takes when it actually happens."
  3. "Pick a special feature of your city, the people in it or a theme to be highlighted in the InstaMeet. This will allow you all to tell the world a message about something unique. For the #TwinBridgesMeet, we used our bridge and the link it provided with the US community in San Francisco, but it could have been one of many other things about Portugal.”
  4. "One important thing the team in Lisbon—José Lourenço (@joselourenco) Gabirela Mateus (@gmateus) and myself—discussed in our post InstaMeet review was that, for a next event, we would encourage people to wear a name tag. This will make it easy for Instagrammers to interact.”

Reflection

The result was the #TwinBridgesMeet: two large groups of Instagrammers gathering to take photos and videos on Instagram more than 9,109 kilometers (5,660 miles) apart.

"The experience of reviewing the hashtag for our event is something I will never forget," Manuel reflects. "Many people were in Lisbon and San Francisco creating and capturing such a diversity of magical moments. Families with children, school friends, grandmas and grandpas, people on their bicycles, people with their pets, sunrise and sunset gazers, picnics and masqueraders. I found out about so many beautiful things that happened by carefully looking at what people had been adding."

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Get Involved in the Eighth Worldwide InstaMeet This Weekend

For more information on how to find a group of Instagrammers near you, visit meetup.com/Instagram and be sure to keep an eye on our InstaMeets page.

This weekend (January 11-12), we’re challenging Instagrammers across the globe to participate in the eighth Worldwide InstaMeet! On Saturday or Sunday, find an InstaMeet near you by going to meetup.com/instagram or arrange a location and time to meet up with some Instagram friends. Shoot photos and videos together and share them on Instagram with a unique hashtag.

If you need some tips about how to get involved and spread the word of your local meetup, here are some helpful links:

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Adventures in Snowy NYC with #brooklyndirectconnect

For more photos and videos from the meet-up, check out the #brooklyndirectconnect hashtag.

Just a day after the launch of Instagram Direct, New York City saw one of the first substantial snowfalls of this winter. Undeterred by the cold, a few intrepid Instagrammers decided to celebrate the snow by meeting up under the Manhattan Bridge.

As the snow began, NYC Instagrammer Danielle (@mimizinne) sent a video of herself walking through Prospect Park in the snow to a group of her friends with Instagram Direct. Her caption: “Bundle up guys. It’s cold outside.” In the span of a few minutes, the conversation around her video turned to ideas of getting together—and within a few hours, they had all gathered under the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo. As Danielle explains, “For a lot of the people, I don’t have their phone numbers. It was a way to reach out to a bunch of people who I know through Instagram.” People on the thread invited their friends in turn, bringing together a group of new people excited about the beautiful snow in their city.

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InstaMeet Roundup | 10

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Over the past several weeks, Instagrammers around the world gathered together to take photos and videos and share them on Instagram, including what was likely the first InstaMeet in the DPRK, an InstaMeet in remembrance of Nelson Mandela and a special holiday InstaMeet and toy drive for those in need in Los Angeles (#givingpeerpressure). To see what it’s like to attend an InstaMeet, browse the photos and videos for each meet’s hashtag page:

Want to host your own InstaMeet or photowalk? Be sure to check out our blog post with tips on how to organize and throw a great event.

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InstaMeet Roundup | 9

Are you participating in an InstaMeet soon? Let us know by sending us a note through Tumblr.

Over the past several weeks, Instagrammers around the world gathered together to take photos and videos and share them on Instagram, including the first ever White House InstaMeet (@WhiteHouse) in Washington, DC. While over in Kenya, the finale InstaWalk to round off the #Kenya365 project took place (browse the #Kenya365Reli). To see what it’s like to attend an InstaMeet, browse the photos and videos for each meet’s hashtag page:

Want to host your own InstaMeet or photowalk? Be sure to check out our blog post with tips on how to organize and throw a great event.