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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. 😯   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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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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