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    Hey BroNYs in #NYC! Jonesin’ to be the first to see the SOLD OUT film, ‘A Brony Tale’? Well, you just might! Just take a selfie in all your Brony glory, tag #bronytalemovie and you have a chance to win 2 tix to the world PREMIERE at Tribeca Film Festival on April 26th with VIP passes to the after party where you’ll meet Ashleigh Ball! @ashperson chooses her favourite on April 24 so get Instagramming!

    Upgrade Your#selfie

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the selfiest of them all?

    Enter our new Instagram contest for Tbooth wireless by tagging your #‎selfie with #‎tbooth for a chance to win a hot white Samsung Galaxy S4 and a $1000 shopping spree – may the best selfie win!

    #selfie #video #shoot #staytuned

    We’re big in Berlin!

    Our ‘241 Moments in Alberta’ Instagram video for Travel Alberta won a Golden City Gate Bronze Award at the ITB Berlin - the world’s leading travel trade show!

    Instagram Direct

    This morning Instagram held their mystery press conference where they announced their new feature Instagram Direct — a way to send private photos and videos to individuals or even groups.

    Do you think you will use this new feature personally or for your brand?

    Travel Alberta | #explorealberta Instagram Video
    Our newest Travel Alberta project captures Alberta’s glory through the social lens of #explorealberta. With over 17,000 Instagram photos contributed by Travel Alberta’s Instagram community, here are some of the best.

    (remember to breathe)

    A peek at Instagram’s ads!


    A few weeks ago, we shared our plans to introduce advertising on Instagram. Today, we want to provide a few more details about exactly what ads on Instagram will look like.

    If you’re in the United States, you’ll see the sample ad above sometime in the coming week. This is a one-time ad…

    4 Must Follow Celebrities on Instagram — Female Edition

    Starting at the top left hand corner and going clockwise, we’ve listed 4 of our favourite female celebrities to follow on Instagram.

    Lea Michele (@msleamichele) — Although not everyone is a big fan of Glee, she’s still on our list of who to follow. She shares some pretty thoughtful photos and great behind the scenes footage when on magazine shoots, award shows and more.

    Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) — The creator of the hit TV series, Girls, Lena is hilarious both on set and off. We love her quirkiness and the occasional inappropriate photo.

    Miranda Kerr (@mirandakerr)— Not only is she a beauty, but she also shares some pretty inspiring photos (and not just the bikini kinds). If you love travel, goofy pics and photography, we recommend following her — she’s not just for Victoria’s Secret crazed fans. 

    Beyonce (@Beyonce) — We all need a little Queen B. 

    Still want more? Follow us at @villageandco!


    Visiting the World’s Remote Locations with @JoshuaCogan

    When Joshua Cogan (@JoshuaCogan) completed his graduate work in anthropology, he knew academia was not the place for him. Instead, he picked up his camera and set out “to document vanishing cultures and enrich our understanding of social issues through photography and new media.”

    Joshua’s work as a photographer has taken him to some of the most remote parts of the world. Fortunately for everyone else, he shares his travels through Instagram.

    "I really appreciate having an open platform to share ideas and to start conversations from," says Joshua. "Whenever I go to a new place, I try to think about a mini-narrative that I can take my Instagram followers on, something that helps them be part of the story that is actually happening at that moment, not one that has been overly refined or smoothed out."

    As a professional photographer, the immediacy of Instagram is both a challenge and an opportunity. “There are some limitations to what shows well on Instagram, so thinking about framing and composition are key when using it to tell stories,” Joshua says. “I really enjoy pushing the constraints to challenge myself into making better and better images.” At the same time, he says, “I can spend days and weeks after a project picking just the right image, and polishing a story, but I think there is nothing that replaces being there, and Instagram gives me the chance to share that feeling.”

    Currently, Joshua’s documenting life in Ketchikan, a small town in southeast Alaska, on which he comments, “While I’ve traveled to many places around the world, Ketchikan continues to offer lessons about the interaction between culture and environment.”

    Alaska isn’t all Joshua has in store: “The fall is shaping up to have some good adventures right now. I am preparing for some trips to visit traditional artists in Kenya, a journey in November to China and I’ll sprinkle in a few road trips throughout the US as well.”

    To tag along on Joshua’s adventures, follow @JoshuaCogan on Instagram.

    Our Current Favourites on Instagram

    When it comes to Instagram, we are constantly amazed with the continuous inspiration, imagination and thoughtfulness put forth in photos. After much thought, we were able to narrow down a list of our current favourites. Do you have a favourite Instagram user you can’t seem to get enough of?


    He hides his dog in every photo just like where’s Waldo.


    His #emojitones are great, but the #livingemojis are a whole new level of awesome. 


    Instagram is great at sharing the best of the best on Instagram. Every Monday they share some of their favourite Weekend Hashtag Project. I find myself searching the accounts they suggest and always finding someone I would never have found without their help!


    When I am in Vancouver feeling the travel bug itch needing a scratch, a flick through her Instagram adds to the list of the many places I need to see around the world. Her short captions are the perfect history lesson for any attention span. 


    This handle posts beautiful photography of the most random things and is always a pleasure to find in my feed… especially when I need me a good dose of random. 


    Clever and innovative use of Instagram iconography — puts a smile on my face every post.

    "Everything we know and love about Instagram, but it moves."

    This morning was full of excitement across all of our social channels and the world of tech news. After much speculation of Facebook/Instagram releasing a new product, this morning’s Livestream event shared their biggest news to date. 

    Instagram has officially announced their new video feature. 

    The new video function is embedded into the app with the following key features:

    • 15 seconds of footage
    • 13 new filters available only for video
    • Users get to pick their cover frame
    • Video footage can be imported from video library
    • Footage does not loop
    • Accessible on web
    • Available on iOS and Android

    The most tech advanced feature to date is Cinema. It allows users to create videos like pros. Say farewell to choppy videos we have come to expect from mobile video and say hello to quality video you can be proud of.

    Stay In Medicine Hat | #thishappenshere Pop-Up Instagallery

    On May 3, the Medicine Hat Arts Community hosted their popular Art Walk, where we created our own addition for Stay In Medicine Hat — a curated pop-up Instagallery.

    We asked Instagrammers to tag their best #medhat photos using #thishappenshere for a chance to be featured. A selection of winning Instagram photos were printed and mounted on canvases and the pop-up Instagallery came to life for one night only. The winners were invited to attend with family and friends, and as their prize, they got to take their artwork home with them. 



    We’d like to introduce you to our neighbourhood. We’re located at the corner of Facebook & Twitter, just down the street from Instagram & Tumblr. Come visit!


    There are two fantastic things to enjoy during Thanksgiving: the long weekend and, of course, the turkey. But if you’re the one preparing the feast, the mood can quickly change from festive to frustrated.

    "How do I make the cranberry dressing like Nana?"
    "Anyone know why the turkey still hasn’t defrosted?"
    "Are there any potatoes left in Metro Vancouver!?"

    To answer these questions, you could ring your family – even FaceTime with them – for some holiday advice. However, in the spirit of community and sharing, we think reaching out to your digital neighbours could be more fun. This long weekend, we’re introducing a new hashtag that we hope will result in some crowdsourced holiday magic:


    Now you can Instagram your culinary missteps or tweet your kitchen nightmares with #turkey911 and rely on advice from a multitude of social folks. Thanksgiving has always been a social holiday – this year, let’s take it to the next level.

    (Turkey from The Noun Project)


    Every year, the Calgary Stampede consistently delivers world class entertainment that delights Albertans and visitors from around the world. For their 100th anniversary, the Calgary Stampede pulled out all the stops to celebrate in style. We had a fantastic time visiting and could hardly pin fast enough to capture all the action. Looking through our Instagram photos, we realized an Instaslideshow would be a perfect way to share our experience.

    A spectacle like this proves why they’re known as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

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