Instagram’s list of its top locations for 2012 is really interesting, because it seems that people are taking photos in a lot fewer monuments and typical tourist spots than you might think. Most bizarrely, the top two spots are the airport and a high-end mall in Bangkok — not the locations you’d expect to be some of the most photographed in the world.
According to Instagram, Suvarnabhumi Airport and the Siam Paragon Mall are respectively the #1 and #2 spot for people to snap Instagram shots from (assuming they have location data turned on). While I can kind of see why they’d be snapping away at the airport (after all, who wouldn’t be happy to land in Thailand), the fact that a high-end mall is also high up the list seems a bit bewildering. Apparently Instagram is incredibly popular in Thailand, which may have something to do with it.
Rounding out the list are Disneyland, Times Square, AT&T Park in San Francisco, LAX Airport, Dodger Stadium, Eiffel Tower, Staples Center, and Santa Monica Pier. So, by my count, that’s two airports, a mall, four tourist destinations, and three sports stadiums. A full six of those are in California, and four in LA alone. A pretty diverse spread — but who in their right mind would be happy about being in LAX? It’s a miserable airport.