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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

“I had met so many cool people on IG. I really wanted to meet them in real life,” said Oklahoma City Instagram meet-up organizer Beth Weiss, whose user name is “pernicioustwit.” “I saw so many other cities doing it, and it looked like they had a blast getting together with people that understand why you're pointing your phone at a water fountain or a leaf on the sidewalk.”

At the meet-up, users talked about their favorite apps, iPhone photo attachments and filters and picture-taking techniques. Several brought children. They agreed to meet regularly and launched a Facebook page.

Eric Lyons, “@i_like_boring_things,” an art teacher at Putnam City West High School, said he uses the service to see others' perspective of everyday life and to share his own. He and other Instagrammers are using the app PostalPix to exchange hard copies of photos by mail. Others post text as photos using apps such as Tweegram.

Through Instagram, “I've met great people that are truly encouraging and inspirational, from all over the world,” Weiss said.

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