Instagram Street culture: Durban

Instagram has created not only a culture of photosharing, but has birthed virtual communities across different cities. Last month we shed light on a bit of the Johannesburg igers community, and this time, the spotlight is on Durban, South Africa.

While more and more users are joining this increasingly popular photo sharing craze, Instagram has come with its perks. Here we countdown five awesome Insta-perks (accompanied by five awesome Durban pics).

1. Instaphotography = making the world look great (because it really is)

Let’s take this great shot of Umhlanga Pier for example. Taken by Instagram user damonleebrown, this image, or Instagram post rather, captures Umhlanga Pier in a beautiful, different way. Add to that a great fish eye effect and you having nothing short of a masterpiece.

2. Selfies

While the shot below isn’t of a selfie, but rather of Moses Mabhida Stadium taken by Insta user pixanator, one cannot ignore or deny the revolutionary (ahem) effect “selfies” have had on social media across the board. Since we deal with all things travel, we’ll pretend that the stadium took a shot of itself, to show off just how magnificent it looks (for real though, this stadium is epic).

3. Photo filters

Statistics show that the most widely used filter in South Africa is Amaro, and the most widely used one worldwide is.....wait for it: no filter at all. Interesting right? Well, since we’re not filter pros, we have no idea what filter has been used in this photo, but we do know that inta user md_wynn, has taken a regular looking wall in Pinetown, and turned it into an fascinating photograph.

4. Hashtags

#instamoment #igersdurban #illovelife  – Did you know that the most popular hashtag used in the entire universe is #love. believe it or not, hashtags can be seen as the holy grail of instagram, because hashtags help with searches and increase the chances of people finding your posts. If you’re up for the popular game on Instagram, make sure you’re Instagram hungry and literally fill your post with hashtags. The photo below was taken by Facebook user Andrew Harvard, and then shared on Instagram by ilovedurban.

5. Instawalks and meetups

This is probably one of the coolest things to have come out of this social craze – instawalks and meetups. Instagram has birthed the notion of instameets – where Instagram users of a particular community meet up, hang out, exchange awesome Instagram photo tips, as well as form great friendships. Awesome right? Instawalks, are also a cool way to discover a city with fellow igers, and also capture the gems you find via walks.

Here are some more cool Insta-facts:

•Instagram officially launched on October 6, 2010 as an iPhone app. Within one month, it gained 1 million users. It took Foursquare and Twitter 2 years to reach that milestone.

•As of January 2014, Instagram has 150 million active users, 16 billion photos shared, 1.2 billion likes daily, 55 million photos posted daily and 7.3 daily visitors.

•During August 2013, the average Instagram user spent 257 minutes on Instagram. During that same period, the average Twitter user spent 169.9 minutes on Twitter.

•As of October 2013, 35 million selfies have been posted on Instagram. In case you really had to know, Kylie Jenner is the celebrity with the most amount of selfies. As of October, she had posted 451 selfies.

•On average, for every 33 likes, you’ll receive one comment. Additionally, there are 8,500 Likes per second and 1,000 comments per second.

•37% of Instagram users have never uploaded a photo. 25% of users upload an average of 1-3 photos, while 5% have uploaded more than 50 images.

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