The most popular picture on Instagram this year, which garnered (as of this writing) more than 1.5 million likes, was posted by Justin Bieber four months ago of the singer with Will Smith. Incredible images get shared on the Facebook-owned service every day—landscapes, architecture, events—but combine the star power of two recognized stars and you get the most liked picture of the year. There’s no match for Bieber’s Supra helmet.
As announced last month, the double duty of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hannukah helped the service enjoy its most Instagrammed day yet, besting a similar record set last year. Over 55 million images are uploaded to the photo-sharing service every day, the company announced, noting that hashtags such as #love, #tbt, #friends #fashion and #food are among the most popular.
As for geotagged locations, Thailand’s Siam Paragon Shopping Mall in Bangkok took the top spot once again, followed by Times Square in New York and Disneyland in California. Spots in New York and California actually dominated the top ten, taking up more than half of the spots. Other popular Instagrammed locations include the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Surprisingly, the Eiffel Tower dropped out of the top-ten list.
The top geotagged cities of 2013 (global) include New York at number one, London at number four and San Francisco at number ten. As mentioned, Times Square was the most popular spot to Instagram from in the U.S., while The Highline and Empire State Building captured the number eight and nine spots, and Caesars Casino in Las Vegas rounding out the top ten.
The service looks to be at the height of its popularity, and it’s likely its presence will only grow with each passing month. In an effort to keep users more confined inside its ecosystem, Instagram just yesterday officially unveiled a direct messaging service, allowing users to send picture and video content to individuals or groups. It’s like almost Snapchat without the disappearing pictures. Did you Instagram from any of the cities mentioned in the top ten?