The ‘Gram Feed at IUCN WPC

I have been following the ICUN Worlds Park Conference (WPC) on Instagram for a couple days now and there are quite a few things that have struck me.   First of all, right off the bat, I think it is quite interesting that there are only 314 followers for such a massive world wide and what thousands would say is a very important event.  Contrast this to a popular pop/country artist, Taylor Swift, who has 13 million follows.  I understand some would say these are like comparing apples and oranges but in the end they are both fruit 😉   There have been some solid snap shots over the last few days that are doing a pretty good job of capturing the essence of what’s happening.

The opening ceremony was a big hit and they posted 42 pictures and videos in a 3 hour period.  Since then, almost 3 days later, there has been 46 more posts.  There have been some pretty cool videos nearly all of them capturing tribes people music and dances.  The diversity of shots since the opening ceremony have been really cool too.  One thing that I find somewhat lame for a social media use such as Instagram is that there are a lot of pictures of people speaking.  This is not captavating or interesting – a video of them speaking would be more appropirate.  Another great feature of instagram, the they are not using, is applying your personal creativity, using filters and adjusting a bunch of features.

I am really looking forward to more diverse pictures and some sweet tribal videos.  I still feel a little left out of the loop and am unsure if Instagram is catching all the fascinating moments over there.  Generally between 10 and 20 people out of the 314 followers are clicking the “like” button which is clearly a low percentage.  I am hoping they throw some exciting stuff up on the feed and really turn up the energy level for these next few days.

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