instagram 1000 likesYesterday, for the first time I had a photo I posted to Instagram receive 1,000 likes, a pretty cool milestone.

One of my hopes is that some day I would get a pic on Instagram’s popular page.  So, was this enough to make it?


Even with 1,000 likes (400 of them in the first hour), that still wasn’t enough to reach the popular page.

The criteria to make the popular page is based on a secret algorthm.  Nobody outside of IG knows exactly what the formula is, but it seems to have to do with number of likes, recent likes per minute , and the percentage of followers who like the photo.

Also, it’s important to note that there are a fixed number of photos on the popular page. So as more people use IG, the most popular pics are getting more and more likes all the time. More celebrities and professional photographers are also using IG, driving up the average number of likes the photos on the popular page have.  Just a couple of weeks ago I saw some photos on the popular page with ~500 likes (though they got that many in ~30 minutes).  This morning I haven’t seen any with less than 2,000 likes.

Kudos to the handful of EAvers who have made the IG popular page including

And the quest goes on. 🙂

BTW, if you’re into Instagram, be sure to check out the How to Rock Empire Avenue with Instagram blog series.

Paul ~~> (e)PDSTEIN