Get App-y: An app goes offline and into the real world

Get App-y by Lillie-Beth Brinkman: Oklahoma City meet-up of Instagram users included photo-taking and meeting of new friends.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Modified: January 17, 2012 at 2:04 am •  Published: January 17, 2012

On a recent Saturday by the Myriad Gardens downtown, a group of Oklahomans met for the first time, gripping iPhones and other cameras, ready to take photos on a walk.

Many in this group were familiar with each other from online interaction through Instagram, a mobile application on their iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads. They had a common interest — documenting their lives with photos. But on that Saturday, user names such as @i_like_boring_things, @pernicioustwit, @blueathena and @momfrantz became attached to real names and real people in the real world.

Get App-y has featured the free app Instagram as a fun photo-sharing app. It's only available on the iTunes store, although plans include an Android app.

Instagram's 15 million users include casual and serious photographers, as well as teens and tweens who use it less for photos and more as a fun way to connect with friends.

The Oklahoma City Instagram meet-up, tagged “#igersOKC_instameet” (for “Instagrammers Oklahoma City”) in photos posted to the app afterward, wasn't the first local get-together that sprung from an online, social media site. When Twitter became popular a couple years ago, other social media-minded people organized similar meet-ups so relationships formed online could grow offline.

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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