Recent #TIMEwireless Identification Project Articles

The Full Index for The TIME Magazine #TIMEwireless Instagram Identification Username Project

While this TIME Magazine The Wireless Issue Instagram Username Identification project was time intensive and involved a lot of research, the feedback the My Life’s A Trip team has been incredibly rewarding and validating. Since the first post on Friday, we’ve gotten thanks you notes, tweets, emails, and comments from the USA, South Africa, Singapore, Congo, Argentina, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, and Switzerland (among other countries) all from contributors to the #TIMEwireless project who didn’t know they had their instagram (or instagrams) on the cover until we told them.

I’ve reached out to the TIME Magazine editor who wrote the call for entries via twitter, LinkedIn, and instagram but haven’t gotten a response, and I don’t think I will. At this point, I don’t think there is much more that I can do without being a pest. The goal of this project was always to give back to the mobile photography community that I have gotten so much from.

So in the event we don’t ever hear from TIME,  I’d like everyone whose image has been involved in this project to know that your work is good, and you can count yourselves among photographers such as Mark Seliger or any of the fab photographers featured on the TIME Magazine Cover Pinterest page. Yep, that is your image on the cover in the same row with President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.

My Life’s a Trip is passionate about quality photography, mobile technology, and social media, and it’s global impact. We would appreciate it if you could help spread the word about this project via your social media platform of choice.
Below are a few of the touching tweets and comments that we’ve received, and they have all made this project worthwhile– they’ve all made the project so worthwhile.

Note: This post will be updated and revised if and when we discover more IGers whose images are included.

Here is the full list and cover position of all of identified Instagram usernames from this project. There are some amazing feeds and I recommend checking out at least  a few of them. I also hope some of these new blog readers enter The 2012 My Life’s A Trip Vacation Photo Contest, where we will be giving out fab prizes as well as photo credit!
Here is the fullin  and cover position of all of identified Instagram usernames from this project:

  1. 1I lax2nrt (Jen Pollack Bianco)
  2. 1N  arquitecta    (Patricia Vargas)
  3. 2B   barrosbarreto (Ronaldo)
  4. 2C   cronai    (Cora Ronai)
  5. 2G   jma423 (Jennifer Maxwell)
  6. 2H   vixcrane     (Victoria Crane)
  7. 2I    kaysha2201     (Kaysha)
  8. 2K   heidyelainne     (Heidy Elainne)
  9. 2L   isabellanin (Isabella Nin)
  10. 2N  velazquez (Carlito Velazquez)
  11. 2O  vix_toria (Victoria Tucker)
  12. 3B  verosaucedo (Veronica Saucedo)
  13. 3C  sashkow    (Aleksander Kostadinov)
  14. 3I   caro866 (Caroline Pernelle)
  15. 3K  chaukut (Chaukut Lam)
  16. 3M  adamzubin    (Adam Zubin)
  17. 4I  tseiell (Jussi Lindberg)
  18. 4K  visualhaze     (Richard Di Cesidio)
  19. 4L  prawindafitri (Prawinda Fitri)
  20. 4M goldie77 (Sylvia)
  21. 4N  uwa2000 (Uwa Scholz)
  22. 5G   _debbie_   (Debbie Leng)
  23. 5H  thelittlebean (Matteo Fagiolino)
  24. 5N  duppy_kankera (Duppy Kankera)
  25. 5N   duppy_kankera    (Duppy Kankera)
  26. 5O   sigvicious    (Sig Vicious)
  27. 6B   shagun (Shagun Seda)
  28. 6E   aljinc (Aljin Cagas)
  29. 6F   apriliafitri (Aprilia Fitri)
  30. 6F   ruttttt    (Giovana Maribel)
  31. 6H  m1i1k1e1 (Michael Salas)
  32. 6H  m1i1k1e1    (Michael Salas)
  33. 6J   donny_bajohr    (Donny Bajohr)
  34. 6K  arieltn (Ariel Nishri)
  35. 6K   arieltn    (Ariel Nishri)
  36. 6O   lax2nrt (Jen Pollack Bianco)
  37. 7C   kijisora (KIJISORA)
  38. 7H   bananas_mcgee (Joshua Carpentier)
  39. 7H   bananas_mcgee    (Joshua Carpentier)
  40. 7I     brzoska (Meg Brzoska)
  41. 7M   pickyin    (Pick Yin Chang)
  42. 8C    crjk_global
  43. 8D   beachstagram (Stefan Moone)
  44. 8E    nextstopvietnam  (Trinhi)
  45. 8J     pickyin    (Pick Yin Chang)
  46. 8K   abdulla667 (Abdullah(عبدالله)
  47. 8M gretwitta (Greta Sánchez)
  48. 8N   youbecouncil
  49. 8O   chanelaftercoco    (Leïla Boularbah)
  50. 9A   karensimas (Karen Simas)
  51. 9B   sigvicious    (Sig Vicious)
  52. 9C   stangstagram (Jeff Stanger)
  53. 9D   holland_pics    (Martijn Kleingeerts)
  54. 9G   deejaynamo    (Nnamdi Wakwe)
  55. 9H   oyvindbo    (Øyvind Bø)
  56. 9I    tundehundeyin    (Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin)
  57. 9K   dcamposeco    (Diego Camposeco)
  58. 9L   jessvosk  (Jessica Voskoboinikov)
  59. cmo2l    (Cassie O’Toole)
  60. 10M  tiagowho    (Tiago Claro)
  61. 11B  bi9lee    (Big Lee)
  62. 11I  tristwin (Tristan Winslow)
  63. 11L stillalin_ih (Alinda Kalalo)
  64. 12D  esposito13  (Udeshi Gurusinghe)
  65. 12E manowar75  (Björn)
  66. 12F  stoneysteiner     (Urs Steiner)
  67. 12I  ne_nzinga (Jose Zefu Kimpalou)
  68. 12L  bebelere_balon (Bulent Cinar)
  69. 12M  hessedabbisch   (Christian)
  70. 12M  hessedabbisch    (Christian)
  71. 12N  bebelere_balon (Bulent Cinar)
  72. 12O  sdgareth (Gareth Evans)
  73. 13C  landachka (Jane Landa)
  74. 13F  lax2nrt (Jen Pollack Bianco)
  75. 13G  lax2nrt (Jen Pollack Bianco)
  76. 13I  lax2nrt (Jen Pollack Bianco)
  77. 14A  gregersdohn    (Gregers Dohn)
  78. 14B  kijisora (KIJISORA)
  79. 14C  jlckcreative    (Joshua Lu)
  80. 14D  jlckcreative    (Joshua Lu)
  81. 14E  sunnyrb    (Robin Bengtson)
  82. 15A  actor34 (Gokhan Kocaoglu)
  83. 15B  stangstagram (Jeff Stanger)
  84. 15D  iheartcarl  (Yvonne Lafleur)
  85. 15K  mattcimaglia    (Matthew Cimaglia)
  86. 15M  jakezen
  87. 16B  paoo4 (Pao Ortega)
  88. 16C  nathparis (Gueret Nathalie)
  89. 16G  philipmostert31 (Philip Mostert)
  90. 16H  misvincent (Melissa Vincent)
  91. 16L   mischiru (Kevin Lau)
  92. 16M  kaitlinyap    (Kaitlin Yap)
  93. 17A   nurnenn (Anna)
  94. 17B   mattrubin    (Matt Rubin)
  95. 17E   detrichpix    (Allan Detrich)
  96. 17G   njcarron    (Nicholas Carron)
  97. 17I    adrenajeanne (Adrena Mohtadi)
  98. 17J   Gretchen (Gretchen McHale)
  99. 17J   Gretchen    (Gretchen McHale)
  100. 17L   kevindesoto    (Kevin DeSoto)
  101. 17M  elephant_shoes_photography    (Jodi Mae)
  102. 17N  segerstudio    (Susan Carroll-Seger)
  103. 18A   detrichpix    (Allan Detrich)
  104. 18G  holicker  (Richard Holicker)
  105. 18J   beckysmarsh (Becky)
  106. 18K  kengeiger (Ken Geiger)
  107. 18M  heatherlagarde    (Heather LaGarde)
  108. 18O  zevo  (Stephen Smith)
  109. 19D   reneeinlondon (Renee Lightner)
  110. 19E   adamngee    (Adam Gilpin)
  111. 19G   agusmakkie    (Agus Makkie)
  112. 19H  ilovecandylicious
  113. 19L  m0ym0y  (Que Xee)
  114. 19N  ghoshworld (Bobby Ghosh)
  115. 20J  egurney39 (Ethan Gurney)

I hope some of these amazing photographers enter the My Life’s A Trip Vacation Photo contest.If you’d like a copy of the high res scan please email anastasia[at]mylifesatrip[dot]com

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The TIME Magazine #TIMEwireless Instagram Identification Project, Part 2

Editor’s Note: The response to yesterday’s TIME MAGAZINE: THE WIRELESS ISSUE COVER BREAKDOWN AND #TIMEWIRELESS INSTAGRAM USERNAME IDENTIFICATION PROJECT has been incredible. Several IGers contacted me and mentioned they no idea their instagrams were ever selected, which really makes all the research that went into this project worthwhile.

I want to note that I did write a letter to the editor after I found my instagrams explaining that it would have been nice to credit instagram usernames, but that letter to the editor was never published (to my knowledge). I’ve asked my assistant, Anastasia to further explain how the research project was conducted. Below is more information, as well as the names (and instagram usernames) of the IGers whose images we were able to identify. Congratulations to all of you! - Jen Pollack Bianco

To make it simple to find one particular image we’ve turned a cover into a kind of chessboard- with letters and number codes for each row and column. Now every image can be easily found. For example, Jen’s instagram from Rome Piazza Del Popolo has 6O code. To find it on cover just go down the “O” column until you gain the 6th row. Here it is!

Now you can find every instagram we’ve identified. And here are 63 more, identified by location on the cover and their IG username, and real name (if given).

  • 2B   barrosbarreto (Ronaldo)
  • 2G  jma423 (Jennifer Maxwell)
  • 2L   isabellanin (Isabella Nin)
  • 2N  velazquez (Carlito Velazquez)
  • 2O  vix_toria (Victoria Tucker)
  • 3B   verosaucedo (Veronica Saucedo)
  • 3I    caro866 (Caroline Pernelle)
  • 3K   chaukut (Chaukut Lam)
  • 4I    tseiell (Jussi Lindberg)
  • 4L   prawindafitri (Prawinda Fitri)
  • 4M goldie77 (Sylvia)
  • 4N  uwa2000 (Uwa Scholz)
  • 5G  _debbie_   (Debbie Leng)
  • 5H  thelittlebean (Matteo Fagiolino)
  • 5N  duppy_kankera (Duppy Kankera)
  • 6B   shagun (Shagun Seda)
  • 6F   apriliafitri (Aprilia Fitri)
  • 6H  m1i1k1e1 (Michael Salas)
  • 6K   arieltn (Ariel Nishri)
  • 7C   kijisora (KIJISORA)
  • 7H  bananas_mcgee (Joshua Carpentier)
  • 7I    brzoska (Meg Brzoska)
  • 8C   crjk_global
  • 8D  beachstagram (Stefan Moone)
  • 8E   nextstopvietnam  (Trinhi)
  • 8K   abdulla667 (Abdullah(عبدالله)
  • 8M gretwitta (Greta Sánchez)
  • 9A  karensimas (Karen Simas)
  • 9C   stangstagram (Jeff Stanger)
  • 9L   jessvosk  (Jessica Voskoboinikov)
  • 11I  tristwin (Tristan Winslow)
  • 11L stillalin_ih (Alinda Kalalo)
  • 12D  esposito13  (Udeshi Gurusinghe)
  • 12E manowar75  (Björn)
  • 12I ne_nzinga (Jose Zefu Kimpalou)
  • 12L bebelere_balon (Bulent Cinar)
  • 12M hessedabbisch   (Christian)
  • 12N bebelere_balon (Bulent Cinar)
  • 12O sdgareth (Gareth Evans)
  • 13C landachka (Jane Landa)
  • 14B kijisora (KIJISORA)
  • 15A actor34 (Gokhan Kocaoglu)
  • 15B  stangstagram (Jeff Stanger)
  • 15D iheartcarl  (Yvonne Lafleur)
  • 15M jakezen
  • 16B paoo4 (Pao Ortega)
  • 16C nathparis (Gueret Nathalie)
  • 16G philipmostert31 (Philip Mostert)
  • 16H misvincent (Melissa Vincent)
  • 16L mischiru (Kevin Lau)
  • 17A nurnenn (Anna)
  • 17I adrenajeanne (Adrena Mohtadi)
  • 17J Gretchen (Gretchen McHale)
  • 18G holicker  (Richard Holicker)
  • 18J beckysmarsh (Becky)
  • 18K  kengeiger (Ken Geiger)
  • 18O zevo  (Stephen Smith)
  • 19D  reneeinlondon (Renee Lightner)
  • 19H ilovecandylicious
  • 19L m0ym0y  (Que Xee)
  • 19N ghoshworld (Bobby Ghosh)
  • 20J egurney39 (Ethan Gurney)

Please help spread the word about these IG users by sharing this post, especially if you recognize any of the users identified in this Instagram User Identification Project. And if there is a typo in your user name or if you know anyone else who should be identified, please add a comment below and we’ll amend the post.

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TIME Magazine: The Wireless Issue Cover Breakdown and #TIMEwireless Instagram Username Identification Project

The My Life’s A Trip team is proud to give credit and attribution to the instagram users behind 100 of the images that were used on the cover of the 2012 TIME Magazine The Wireless Issue through our Cover Breakdown and Instagram Username Identification Project.

Editor’s Note: In August, I was surprised to discover 5 of my instagrams on the cover of the TIME magazine’s 2012 The Wireless Issue. I was lucky to notice my instagram because it wasn’t font blocked by headlines or letters, as most of the images were. Font blocking is nothing new for photographers who shoot magazine covers. A magazine cover image is always just a background for headlines. The bigger complaint I kept hearing on social media was that very few of the instagram users whose images were used were given any credit by TIME Magazine. A small selection of “editors favorites” made it into a slideshow on the TIME website, with those photographers credited.

Just because TIME Magazine didn’t tell you if your instagram was chosen for the edit, that doesn’t mean My Life’s A Trip can’t (or at least try to)! So I decided to have my assistant, Anastasia, lead a team of researchers from Dev-Pro to try and identify as many of the instagram images and users as possible.

The research team was able to identify 100 usernames in total. We are proud to give credit and attribution to the instagram users behind 100 of the images that were used on the cover of the 2012 TIME Magazine The Wireless Issue. The first 37 usernames are in this post.

Below is Anastasia’s report about the project, which brings to light some of the issues and limitations of instagram’s “mobile only” platform.

The cover for TIME Magazine’s “THE WIRELESS ISSUE 10 Ways Your Phone is Changing the World” shows an edit of 288 Instagram photographs from across the world. And since the issue itself contains a lot of statistics and infographics that illustrates human dependency on smartphones and tablets, we decided to make an info graphic about TIME cover itself:

All featured Instagrams can be divided into the following categories:

  • Nature & Sunrises – 77 pics.
  • City Architecture – 62 pics.
  • People – 51 pics.
  • Animals – 17 pics.
  • Food – 13 pics.
  • Beach – 11 pics.
  • Vehicles – 12 pics.
  • Flowers – 5 pics.
  • Misc – 40 pics.

An attempt to find (and identify) the photographers of all Instagram images featured on the cover of the TIME Wireless issue became a real challenge. Since Instagram is a “mobile only” social media it still doesn’t have a fully functional web viewer. Sites like Statigram and Webstagram allow you to search images by @username or #hashtag only, but not by date or, for example, two tags at the same time. The only way to find who those photos belong to was to check all 31,000 instagrams manually. This actually turned out to be over 36,000 instagrams because people kept using the #TIMEwireless hashtag even after the issue was published. It took a team of 4 researchers 24 hours total to identify the usernames who contributed 100 of the instagrams used on the cover. It took an additional 13 hours by two researchers to try and find contact information for these instagram users.

We are excited to share our results and the instagram usernames of the first 37 instagram users we’ve identified. This first group are users who have blogs (and thus are easier to contact). Only two of these users identified in the list below have work that My Life’s A Trip was previously familiar with: Nicholas Carron of We are JUXT, a great mobile photography blog and collective of mobile artists; and Taylor Michie, an extremely bright high school student who writes for HuffPost Teen as well as his own blog listed below.

The first 37 instagram usernames (and names and associated blogs) are as follows:

Did you find your instagram on the cover? Or, maybe, you know someone who did? Help us to fill the gaps by adding a comment in the comments section below. We will identify more instagram users in future posts so stay tuned…

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