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Instagram: AT&T Park one of most photographed spots in 2012

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For San Francisco’s AT&T Park, 2012 was a banner year. Nearly 3.4 millions of fans packed the stadium to cheer on the World Series-winning San Francisco Giants. Thanks largely to the Giants’ stellar season, AT&T Park appears on Instagram’s list of the world’s most photographed places in 2012.

AT&T Park ranks fifth on the global list of locations photographed last year by Instagram users.

“It probably doesn’t hurt that AT&T Park is among the most visibly appealing sports venue in any of the major sports, with features such as McCovey Cove,” Yahoo Sports said. “It offers a wide variety of food choices, which people seem to really enjoy photographing and posting on social media sites these days.”

At No. 1 on the Instagram list is Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, where more than 100,000 Instagram shots were taken last year, followed by Bangkok’s Siam Paragon shopping mall. Here’s the rest of the ranking, in descending order:

  • Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.
  • Times Square in New York City.
  • AT&T Park.
  • Los Angeles International Airport.
  • Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
  • The Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • The Staples Center in Los Angeles.
  • The Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif.

The International Business Times reported that Instagram’s 100 million users shared about 5 billion photos in 2012. The number of photos taken at AT&T Park wasn’t available.

Instagram, which Facebook bought last year, lets users share photos on social networking sites. The Instagram app was one of the most popular apps of 2012.

When the Instagram acquisition was announced, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called it “an important milestone for Facebook because it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.”

San Francisco-based Instagram, founded in 2010, recently came under fire after it instituted – then withdrew – a policy change that would have let companies pay to put users’ photos in ads that would be published within the Instagram app, according to media reports.

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