Some people think that social media alienates people from each other, I like to think the opposite. Thanks to social apps like Instagram and the communities that emerged from it, you can go places you would never have gone on your own and you can meet people that you would never have met.
In our previous article, on the Rotterdam Roof Days, I already touched upon Instawalk010. Time to go a bit more in-depth, in conversation with Christine Fürst, founder of this thriving Rotterdam Instagram community.
We are nerds
“Looking at your own city with brand-new eyes. Being a tourist in your very own town. Exploring the city together”, founder Christine Fürst tries to explain the essence of Instawalk010, “We are nerds, Instagram nerds.”
“Late 2011 we had our first meet. I was walking around with the idea for an Instameet for quite a while, because I saw lots of photos from all over the world where people got together for these so called instameets, seeing all that made me happy.” Christine continues:
“Our first meet was so much fun. I met so many people that I only had seen on Instagram, we never met in real life before. It was cool to meet people who also love photography and who love to discover parts of their city as well. Because it was such a success I decided to do this more often and that’s when I founded Instawalk010 and I started to build a community.”
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Access to hidden places
Instawalk010 often goes places where no iPhone has been before. Roof tops and cranes for exampe, or building sites and exhibitions that haven’t been open for the crowd yet.
“It happened to be an amazing way to connect people from the Instagram community and organisations with cool locations”, says Christine, “ through this channel we got more and more attention and by that also access to special places.”
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Instawalks and - meets let people look to their surroundings with different eyes. It helps people inspire each other and most of all, get inspired themselves. “A lot of people I know discovered their creativity through Instagram, by making photos your train yourself in looking at things differently. The positivity that people bring with them works addictive, I get new energy every time”, says Christine.
Maybe that’s one of the reasons why Instawalks (and Instawalk010 in particular) are so successful. “Our main goal is to have fun and to be happy in what we do. If we can keep connecting people by having fun, our work is done. That’s what we want to keep doing.”
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More then just a code
Where 010 stands for, one might ask? It’s the phone area code of Rotterdam, but 010 is more than just a code nowadays. Locals use ‘nultien’ (zero ten) as a sort of slang for ‘their’ Rotterdam for years now, but more recently shops and companies started to use 010 in their name with pride.
There’s even a successful clothing brand with the numbers 010 on sweaters and t-shirts. You might even say that ‘010’ became a brand on it’s own.
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Thank you Christine for taking the time to talk about Instawalk010, how it started to what it has become today. We can't wait to join the next Instawalk and to explore the stunning city of Rotterdam.
And while you're at it, don't forget to follow @Citinerary_Rotterdam below:
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