Most Popular Places Instagram 2013

Like it or not, Instagram is a huge part of the photographic landscape at the moment. Literally billions of photos have made their way into the app and they go on to appear everywhere from the New York Times to countless TV programs. So, the folks at Instagram went into their databases for the year and tried to get a feel for where the most photos are coming from. The results are, well, pretty much as you’d expect.

Here’s the list:

  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

Lots of New York. Lots of California. And lots of Bangkok, where the service is apparently pretty popular.

There’s also a list of the most popular cities. Can you guess number 1?

  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

They have also crowned the number 1 most “liked” photo to hit the service this year and, well, that’s pretty predictable, too. Here it is in all it’s Bieber-filled glory.


This was the part of the post I was going to use to defend Instagram, saying that just because a lot of the users aren’t doing anything interesting with it, that doesn’t mean we should condemn the whole platform. But it’s going to be tough to do with Bieber staring you down. So, I’ll save that for another post.