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The Top of the Top

So. Does anybody know why there’s an airport and a mall in Bangkok at the top of instagram’s most-popular locations for 2012? I’ve seen a few news stories and blog posts that laughingly point out that those locations beat out Disneyland, the Eiffel Tower and the Phone Booth, but I haven’t seen anything that actually explains it. It’s not the busiest airport in the world (according to Wikipedia, it’s sixteenth, behind Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Dubai. According to something called zocialink, there are a huge hundred and fifty thousand Thai users of instagram—wait, what? Only 150,000? Hm. On a different page at their site, they say 427,000. Still, that’s not a lot, compared to, say, Indonesia or even Holland. Although the zocialinc site shows only one hundred and eighty-one Indonesian instragrammers… you might not want to believe anything that site has to say, now that I think about it.

You know, if it had been the airport in Beijing at the top of the list, I would not have been particularly surprised. If it had been anywhere in Tokyo, I wouldn’t have been surprised at all. Jakarta, I would have been surprised, but then said oh, that makes sense. But Bangkok? And if Bangkok is the big site for instagram, why aren’t there other Thai sites in the top ten?

You know what I think? I think the list is crap.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,
-Vardibidian.