When it comes to asking for your social media attention today, there are a lot of options making the ask. One of those platforms is Instagram, and with good reason. Instagram continues to see rapid growth; currently, 400 million people are using the app around the world every day.
Just how popular is the photo-forward app these days? In 2017 Instagram boasts more than 700 million monthly active users. That’s more than double Twitter’s monthly users as more than three times that of Facebook Messenger.
Is there a lot going on with Instagram? You bet. And while following your favorite celebrities or brands is one way to engage with this social media community and stay up to date on the latest pop culture news and trends, thinking locally is another great way to utilize the platform, too, especially in the metro Detroit area.
Doing a hashtag search for #Detroit, you’ll find more than 7 million photos tagged. And that’s just the beginning. #DetroitMusic, #DetroitFood, and #DetroitArt are just a few of the examples of popular Detroit-themed hashtags that bring up tens of thousands of pieces of content.
How can you stay up to date with what’s going on in the metro area? Take a look at this list of metro Detroit Instagram accounts that cover everything thing from family fun to helping you find a Friday night activity.
If you’re looking for an account that offers up a little bit of everything that the greater Detroit social scene has to offer, After 5 Detroit is the account to follow. A morning post might show off Detroit’s new skate park followed by upcoming event reminders and on-the-scene photos from some of the area’s favorite businesses.
Amber Louchart is the force behind MetroDetroitMommy.com and its Instagram offering, @MetroDetroitMom. Not only does Amber share updates to keep metro Detroit families informed of family-friendly activities, but she also encourages followers to tag their own updates with #MetroDetroitMom for a chance to be reposted to her account. It’s a mix of original updates and user-generated stories to keep families informed.
If you’re looking to take a break from the news of the day, the Detroit Zoo has you covered with their signature doses of “Vitamin Z.” With any given post you may meet the newest baby member of the zoo’s families or a member-selected photo of the week.
Wondering where a good happy hour is around town right now? What about details on outdoor shopping events? J’adore Detroit has you covered when it comes to entertainment, culture, and lifestyle around the area. Candice Simons leads up the J’adore Detroit team on Instagram and as well as on their blog.
For your daily delivery of Detroit inspiration, there’s Visit Detroit, the promotional arm of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. Their #DepictTheD series and challenges showcase the works of talented photographers for some stunning imagery of the city.
Following Mighty in the Mitten needs to come with a warning: if you’re hungry and find yourself flipping through your Instagram feed, taking a look at some of MyThy Huynh’s gorgeous food photos may turn that hunger into hanger. By day MyThy is a local ER nurse, but by night she’s sharing photos of her own recipes or promoting her upcoming pop-up dinners with fellow chef Matt Tulpa.
Oakland County’s Instagram feed is populated with beautiful images from all corners of the county’s 910-square mile reach. From evening shots of the Oakland County Fair to cherry blossoms blooming in downtown Royal Oak, you’ll find yourself identifying photo after photo. Tag your own photos with #OaklandCounty for a chance to be featured in their feed.
You’ve got your weekend activities set, but what should you wear while exploring the metro region? Check out Liz Braga to see her latest fashion inspiration on her own adventures. Showcasing a glimpse into her family’s adventures in Detroit, she focuses on sharing her fashion tips and ideas, from what to wear to a kite festival on Belle Isle to the perfect outfit for a day at the petting farm.
The list doesn’t end here. Customize your Instagram feed to your metro Detroit hometown favorites by seeing if your daily coffee shop, go-to restaurant, independent boutique, city government, or even local library are on Instagram and start following along for photo and video updates that make for a hyperlocal feed.