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Instagram becomes more global, but SoCal still on top

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The latest list of the most geotagged locations on Instagram photos shows that Americans still lag behind in use of the service, but the top spots — in all of the world — are Disneyland and Dodger Stadium. Two years ago the top spots were in Thailand, and San Francisco's AT&T Park out-ranked Chavez Ravine.

Here are this year's most geotagged locations, from a story in the Telegraph (thus the British skew.)

1. Disneyland, Anaheim, CA
2. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
3. Times Square, New York, NY
4. Siam Paragon (สยามพารากอน) shopping mall, Bangkok, Thailand
5. ЦПКиО им. Горького / Gorky Park, Moscow, Russia
6. Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
7. Красная площадь / Red Square, Moscow, Russia
8. Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
9. Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
10. The Dubai Mall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The last time I posted on this annual exercise, at the start of 2013, half of the top 10 Instagram spots were in Southern California. I guess the Instagram audience has become more diverse. The tops of 2012:

1. Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) - Bangkok
2. Siam Paragon (สยามพารากอน) shopping mall - Bangkok
3. Disneyland Park - Anaheim
4. Times Square - New York City
5. AT&T Park - San Francisco
6. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Los Angeles
7. Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles
8. Eiffel Tower - Paris
9. Staples Center - Los Angeles
10. Santa Monica Pier - Santa Monica

The Telegraph also lists the most geotagged museums in the world on Instagram — and LACMA does well.

1. Musée du Louvre
2. MoMA The Museum of Modern Art
3, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
4. LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5. Hermitage Museum
6. Centre Pompidou
7. British Museum
8. Victoria and Albert Museum
9. Tate Modern
10. The Art Institute of Chicago

By the way, Google also offers some new information on the tendencies of Los Angeles area shoppers. Google says the top trending gifts in LA among Google searchers are:

  • Phones (iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy)
  • Lego
  • Michael Kors handbags
  • Game consoles (Wii U, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Ouija board

Customers of Google Express on the Westside, where the delivery service is available, were loading up on party supplies before Thanksgiving.

  • Disposable silverware
  • Plastic cups
  • Paper plates
  • Tortilla chips
  • Garbage bags

Google says, by the way, that one third of all shopping searches on Google are now between 10 pm and 4 am. And 50 percent of shoppers aged 25-34 years old said they use their mobile phone to shop while waiting in line at a store.

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