PICS: Instagram users shake up 7 wonders of the world list

2018-01-02 12:30 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - Society weighs its worth in rankings and the ways and means of measuring this, especially in the world of travel and tourism, is very much being determined by social media.

It’s been over a decade since the New7Wonders of the the world were revealed, but, this doesn’t mean that they are most visited - especially if the latest hashtag data gathered from Instagram - the insanely popular photo-sharing app that has more than 700 million users and some 250 million active users on its Insta-live stories - is to be believed.

According to its hashtags, the most visited attractions are in fact Magic Kingdom ín Florida with the #magickingdom seeing some 3 733 995 posts.

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In second position, the #BurjKhalifa in Dubai has been tagged more than 1 978 623 times and Paris' #louvre is in third position with 1 970 232 posts (Data current for December 2017). 

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This compares to some fairly low mentions for the current wonders.  The Colosseum in Rome, Italy had some #colosseum 1 075 375 posts, Machu Picchu in Peru saw its #machupicchu tag used 944 067 times and the iconic Taj Mahal was tagged on the #tajmahal some 744 193.

Interestingly enough, Table Mountain in Cape Town - which was voted one of the new 7 wonders of nature has received some 705 902 posts on Instagram.  

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Does this mean it’s time for a refresh? Instagram data as detailed by Hoppa, a leading airport transfer company,  suggests it might be. 

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