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Instagram Photo Challenge Wrap-Up
The Photo Fun in February Instagram photo challenge is over. For the past 28 days we’ve enjoyed more than 1200 scenes captured by almost 100 people. We’ve witnessed lots of creativity and, at times, the sentimental. We saw the personality of Blue Jays come alive. And many of these pictures helped tell the Elizabethtown College story. We hope those who participated or viewed the photos had a lot of fun too.
The challenge welcomed a variety of participants. From what we can tell, the majority were Elizabethtown College students, rounded out by alumni, prospective students, E-town employees and their families, and a few folks with no affiliation to the College that happened to find our challenge through hashtags.
We’ve been asked if there would be another challenge soon. We don’t want the novelty of this type of activity to wear off, so we’ll likely have another official E-town photo challenge in the fall. In the meantime, you can continue to share certain photos with us and the community by using #etowncollege!
Oh yes. We have 10 winners to announce. As of this writing, they’ve already been notified via Instagram and Twitter, but to recap mmols, mineswiper, shannonk2012, theklapattack and kaylin_russell won free 5×7 Kodak Kiosk prints from The College Store; thisisarianna won a travel tumbler and pongycone won a Blue Jays. Always. pint glass, both from the Office of Alumni Relations; and from Dining Services, marlajeanp won $10 in JayBucks, smorgey won a free carrot cake from the Blue Bean, and petea919 won a free sandwich and drink from The Bird Feeder. Thanks to Susan Smith, Lynda Hudzick and Mark Clapper.
Now, on to the data! Below you’ll find some stats, and then a few of our favorite photos. To see a huge selection of photos from the challenge, visit the Storify feed. This story contains photos whose owners allow photos to be made public. (Statigram offers an alternative view here.)
Most photos were tagged on Instagram, some also were shared on Twitter via Instagram, and a few participants exclusively used Twitter.
- Total Tagged Photos: 1212*
- Average per day: 43
- Total Participants: 93
- Growth in Instagram Followers: 18.4%
- Growth in Twitter Followers: 5%
- Increase in participation rate from fall: 224.24%
- Increase in photos from fall: 278.62%
(*Statigram, a tracking/statistic site, reports 1323 photos tagged #etownphotoaday, however, we’re only able to see 1212.)
Incredible Instagrammers – 100% Complete
More than a dozen participants completed all 28 challenges. Cheers to these 15 Instagrammers:
The total is 17 if you count me (donnatalarico) and the official College account (etowncollege)!
A Few Favorites
There were more than 1000 pictures submitted. Here are a few that made us smile or laugh.
If you participated in the challenge, we’d LOVE your feedback. Please share a comment below.
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