**Update: Thanks for your feedback! Due to many Instagram users opting out of geo-tagging photos, we'll be including the hashtag "#qcFamous" as a way to have your photos and account featured on our site and seamlessly sorted with the rest! **
Almost every morning, within minutes of waking up, I pull out my phone and check the Instagram app. I scroll through images posted by friends and some strangers, and what moments they’ve captured since I last checked in. This is as routine as drinking a cup of coffee and tying my shoes.
And, that’s how it is for many of us. Checking and posting on Instagram is an ordinary way we interact. But there’s something else — something extraordinary — about it.
In the middle of our ordinary lives — at dinner or during a walk — we can use Instagram, a simple app on our phones, to bring out something that glimmers and shines.
Instagram is another way we share, explore and capture our go-to moments. And you know what else? It’s another way can connect to people in our community — through just a few clicks.
So, one afternoon in the Quad-City Times newsroom, we posed a question. What are some cool things Quad-Citians are doing on Instagram? What stories might they tell?
And we started this quest to dig up who has the most followers and who might be “Q-C Famous” on Instagram.
Instagram-fame can seem reserved for a few select people, like celebrities and public figures. For example, Beyonce has over 66 million followers. That seems rather far-fetched. But, what might the Quad-City version of Insta-fame look like?
Today, we found that out. We have a list that ranks Instagram profiles by how many followers they have. This list isn’t definitive. It pulls in photos that are tagged with locations in the Quad-Cities, so if photos don’t have geotags, they won’t pop up. Also, we draw in photos from about the last 24 hours, so the rank could change daily or weekly, meaning the race for the number-one slot is always on.
In the next few weeks, look in the Quad-City Times and qctimes.com for stories about these people, how they use Instagram and how they stumbled upon Q-C fame. Be sure to follow us on Instagram for our own stories and photos!