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No that you've hopefully gone and followed all those airlines on instagram, it's time to shake it up. Though we're not one to participate in hashtags on any social media platform, one on Instagram immediately had us hooked. Ladies and gentleman, #kicksonaplane.
For those who don't know what "kicks" are, what are you doing on Instagram? Ha--kidding (kinda). Kicks is another term for shoes, specifically sneakers or other rubber/gum soles, though it can be broadened to include all footwear. Instagrams tagged with #kicksonaplane depict the person's shoes as they are, seated and ready for takeoff on a flight.
It's like a visual representation of "I'm here, ready to go, let's do this," with the necessary little bit of showing off that touches on the personal vanity of the user and the sweet envy of the viewer, both key components in the success of Instagram.
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Our own @jaunted instagram of a Delta 747-400 at Detroit-Metro Airport
Pretty sure we don't have to tell you of our love for social photo-sharing site Instagram. Not only are we on it (as "jaunted" of course) and sharing a variety of behind-the-scenes travel awesomeness, but airlines have embraced it as well.
Last December we reviewed those early adopter airlines, but it's time for another look as more and more join upincluding Qantas, Lufthansa, Swiss and Thai Airways within the last few months.
Without further ado, let's see what airlines are (and aren't) rocking it out:
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Today is kind of a big deal for us, as we'll not only hit our 10,000 tweet but also our 2,000 Instagram follower. The numbers don't matter so much really, but we do appreciate that you like usyou really like us!
For all facets of our travel news and photography, here's how to connect with us on the slew of social media levels:
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If you're planning to fly today, keep an eye out for some extra special passengers walking through the airport. Particularly, towards any mood-lit gates for Virgin America. If this describes your travel plans, have your smartphone ready, since there's a little prize involved.
Virgin is launching a new promotion and the fun all starts today with, as expected, a bucket load of Virgin-ness. The promotion is highlighting the airline's passenger "Experience" and will begin to use actual photos snapped onboard any flight. If you get some cool shots mid-flight today, upload them to Instagram and push it to Twitter using the hashtag #MyVXExperience and your photos will be live-streamed to the NASDAQ board in Times Square.
For those with fingers who can snap, upload and tag photos fastest (and you don't have to be on a Virgin America flight to do so), a 30% discount code for a Virgin flight will hit your Twitter DMs. Not too shabby! Just be fast, since this is only open to the first 1,000 photos.
Last week, social photo-sharing network Instagram released Version 3 of their crazy popular app, rife with new features and improved functionality. One such addition is the "Photo Map," which automates populates a Google Map with the images you have taken and geo-tagged. This means that, last week, your Instagram newsfeed liked look like a listing of who's adding how many photo to where on their map.
Instantly the traveler bragging and jealousy began. "Who in my network has the most diverse Photo Map?" "Who has the least?" Poor newcomers to Instagram probably felt more than a little miffed to view their maps, sans all the fun locations they'd hit earlier in the year and shared prior to becoming wrapped up in the addictive app.
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Admit it. You'll ogle aircraft at any available opportunity. We understand. There is help out there for you...in the form of yet more airplane porn from our day at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012.
In addition to the slew of pro photos and slick video, we of course shot from the hip with an iPhone 4S, uploading to Instagram all the live-long day.
Understanding that not everyone has Instagram (get it & get it now!) and it can be trying to keep up with all images in a constantly flowing stream of visual candy, we've included most (but not all!) of our Oshkosh Instagrams from this past weekend. Check 'em out:
Two days ago, social photo sharing app Instagram posted a small update on their blog which then rippled throughout the internet. It was their second birthday, and they were celebrating by reflecting on the very first Instagram photo ever posted.
The image of a flip flop-shod foot and a happy dog was snapped and uploaded by Instagram founder Kevin Systrom in July 2010. It wasn't until October of the same year that the public could chime in with their own pics, as Instagram notes that the app was actually titled "Codename" until those later months.
When life hands you long layovers, go explore! That's just what we did on a long layover in San Francisco. At first, when we were stuck with the itinerary including SFO (on a transpacific long-haul), we weren't very happy. But then we had a think and a few friends sent along their recommendations to make a painful layover a bit more interesting.
We were flying internationally and our connecting flight put us in to SFO about 7 hours before we were scheduled to depart overseas. Our options were catching some z's in the lounge or partaking in some duty free shopping. Neither of those appealed so we decided to go on a mini adventure with our Instagram app ready to snap!
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Just last month, the very first Instagram contest to decorate an airplane launched. Now, the results of that contestan Airbus A320 sporting hundreds of original Insta-imageshas also been launched.
Vueling, Spain's low-cost carrier, celebrated flying their 50 millionth passenger with this contest, and the livery that ended up on the plane conveyed their gratitude: "thanks" on one side and "gracias" on the other.
Lucky Instagrammers who had their images chosen, images that had to depict a destination served by Vueling, won roundtrip flights to anywhere Vueling operates. Niiiice.
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Packing up to head out for Memorial Day weekend? If yes, don't forget to enter our two contests! If no, goodextra time to focus on entering our two contests!
We just want you to enjoy nice things and travel better, and that's why we've partnered up this month with Cathay Pacific and National Geographic for two awesome, very easy to enter contests:
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Heyremember when KLM used Facebook to cover a plane in your photos, creating a very unique livery?
Well we're happy to say that another airline has decided to let you dictate its airplane's looks, but this time it'll be using Instagram. Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling is asking their Facebook fans to upload images of Vueling destinations* to their Instagram accounts for the chance at winning 1 of 50 free roundtrip flights and a spot for their photo on the exterior of a Vueling jet in inside a printed book that travels with that special aircraft.
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In you case you missed it on our Instagram feed yesterday, a single sentence of skywriting appeared above Manhattan on Sunday afternoon and, in the clear blue sky, spelled out "Christine Hall Will U Marry Me."
Immediately Twitter and Instagram went crazy with news and images of the skywriting, as it could be spotted from as far as Riverside Park on the west side of the Manhattan, to where we stood in Astoria, Queens (cause you know we look up at the sound of any airplane engine). The entire stretch of dot-matrix cloud letters could be best read from the middle of Central Park, where it seems the couple were relaxing on what was, weather-wise, perhaps the nicest New York day yet.