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Giveaway! 5 American AIrlines Systemwide Upgrades expiring 2/28

737 at DCA with Capitol in the background (photo courtesy of Taylor Michie of The Racing Winds)

My Life’s a Trip has 5 American Airlines Systemwide Upgrades from Jen’s own personal stash to give away to our blog readers. They expire on Feb 28, 2013.

Upgradable to next class of service from almost any paid fare based upon availabilty. Travel must be used by Feb 28th.  They may not confirm immediately but can be waitlisted.  Must be on AA “metal” not codeshares with BA or Iberia or others.

If you have travel plans on American before February 28th, please:

1) make a note that you’re emailing me in the comments section below.

2) Email me your name (as it appears on your American reservation) and record locator number to jen@mylifesatrip.com. DO NOT POST THIS INFO IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. The Systemwides will designated to the first flyers who complete these directions completely.

The systemwides will be given away on a first come, first served basis (please allow up to 24 hours for us to respond to your email). These Systemwides have no cash value and can’t be sold.

We will do our best to get you upgraded but not responsible for something not working out.

Good luck!!!

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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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Honored 5 of my Instagrams are on the Cover of Time Magazine’s Wireless Edition

 TIME The Wireless Issue on my iPad

TIME Magazine’s First Ever Wireless Issue

Back in July, I read a post called TIME Magazine wants your Instagram Photos on Life in Lofi (one of my favorite iPhoneography blogs). I thought it seemed like a cool crowdsourcing project and I wanted to participate. I tweeted about it and some of my fellow mobile photographers and friends decided to contribute Instagrams to the cause. When I had images I wanted to submit, I used the hashtag #TIMEwireless when posting on Instagram.

Yesterday morning I thought “I’ve been using this hashtag for a while… I wonder if they’ve published the piece?” After all using  an expired hashtag is a waste of time, energy, and characters and this stuff is critical on microblogging platforms.  I went to the TIME Magazine Website and found the cover of The Wireless Issue online, with one of my Images of a statue in Piazza del Popolo that I shot and uploaded during my recent trip to Rome, right there on the cover– or in the far right column, 6th square down. If you squint hard or have a magnifying glass… you can possibly see it.

Statue Piazza del Poppolo

Statue in Piazza del Popolo, Rome

The cover of Time Magazine’s First Annual Wireless Issue is made up of of 288 thumbnail images from Instagram. Per their website, TIME had 31,429 instagrams submitted from 120 countries submitted for this project. A closer inspection revealed 5 of my iInstagrams on the cover, most of them obscured by font,  so I’m giving them their close-up in this post.

 Nun's habit set off the metal detector

 The accordian player at the wedding in Kharkov

My Instagrams from The Time Magazine Cover

When I contributed to the project, I knew that credit and compensation were never mentioned, and I willingly chose to participate anyway. I’m not surprised that I can’t find a list of the IGers whose 288 thumbnail images make up the cover, and I’m lucky that my image (far right column, 6th square down) was easy to spot and not covered by wording. Time Magazine’s website does have a “behind the cover” slide show of 15 of editor’s favorites (with credit given), but mine aren’t among those chosen few.

TIME cover

Close up

My friend Taylor Mitchie who runs The Racing Winds blog, spotted two of his images on the cover, as well as my Kiev tarmac shot behind the “U” in “Issue.” So I’d like to thank Taylor’s eagle eyes (and giant scan of the cover) for helping me find my instagrams which suffered from font-blocking.

While I’m not upset about the lack of credit or compensation, I do think TIME missed an real social media moment. Kind of a dumb move with smartphones, in my humble opinion

TIME had an opportunity to sell more magazines and generate some interest and buzz by aligning with Instagram. By not notifying participants that the images had been selected, they really demonstrated how old school they are. The wireless issue also features some special bonus material– but a list of Instagram users isn’t on it. I hope the next time around, it is.

A simple fix? TIME could have created an Official Time Wireless Instagram account and “liked” the images they chose to go with, or short list. That would have put those contributing to the project on alert that their work might show up somewhere. The Wireless issue might have generate some heat on the world’s biggest mobile only social media platform. That might have generated some additional social media exposure and buzz on the project. I’m not saying that TIME handled this wrong- how can I when I can when 5 of my images wound up on the cover? It’s just a lost opportunity.

I suspect I know more than a few of the Instagrammers whose work is on the cover, but it’s hard to tell if it’s not your own. If you contributed to the project, I’d advise scanning the TIME Wireless cover slowly (Taylor Michie smartly scanned it and went over it square by square using preview. Stanford– admit Mr. Mitchie now! He’s amazing on so many levels).

Please let me know if you found your Instagram on the cover of Time Magazine’s Wireless Issue (and how) in the comments section below.

A copy of Time Magazine (with my instagram on the cover) and it's sub- Kardashian realness

A copy of Time Magazine (with my instagram on the cover) and it’s sub- Kardashian realness…

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