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PHOTOS: How Governments Are Using Instagram

The photo-sharing app isn't just for artfully filtered food pics. Governments are increasingly using Instagram to connect with citizens.

After launching in late 2010, the photo-sharing service Instagram now has more than 150 million monthly active users. For many, the app is synonymous with beach selfies and artfully filtered food pics. But governments increasingly are using Instagram to connect with citizens, whether to push out important information, share the whereabouts of political leaders or just to post a pleasant photo. When viewed together, these public-sector Instagram feeds provide a snapshot of government life across the country.

Caroline Cournoyer is GOVERNING's senior web editor.
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