Top Instagram posts of 2017

Our 9 most-liked 'grams of 2017, plus the stories behind the images


2017 was a great year for the 'gram! Not only did the platform itself experience massive growth, but Instagram Stories came along to challenge Snapchat for the ephemeral content crown. Experimenting with Instagram Stories and live videos has been one of my favorite things to do as a social media manager, and I can't wait to see what exciting features are to come in 2018. Plus, we gained 3,000 followers this year, and even won an award for Online Community Engagement. I'd say it's been a good year, so let's look back on our best posts. All photos were taken by @TulsaPeople (a.k.a. me) except for the last two, which are credited appropriately.



@tulsapeople Tulsa got me like 😍

Dec. 20


Our top photo of the year was one that I snapped only a few days ago. I was walking back to my car after after trivia night at Saturn Room. I looked up at the city and it  was just... glittering and glowing and cold and perfect. It was one of those moments where you suddenly see your city, and become overwhelmed by a skyline that you've seen every day. I've always been a sucker for city lights on cloudy nights. So I turned around and took a picture from my parking spot on North Boulder.

Unfortunately, I was so enamored with the sight that I didn't notice my driver's license had fallen out of my pocket...

Don't worry, as soon as I got home and realized it was gone, I retraced my steps, and found it on the street in the exact spot I took the photo from.

Worth it.



@tulsapeople GIVEAWAY TIME! Like this post and follow us for a chance to win a free #TulsaFlag shirt! For an extra entry, tag a friend who also loves #Tulsa. We will draw winners LIVE at noon tomorrow!

Aug. 3


Ah, the good old days, when the new Tulsa Flag had just been announced and people were ... weirdly, super angry about it? Like, come on y'all, it's just a design. Luckily, I think the haters were simply a (very) vocal minority, as hundred and hundreds of our followers entered to win one of four of these flag shirts.

Our 4 winners were @jeeeateeea, @mollyopal, @lindawoods7767 and @lauren.shook. However, one winner never claimed their prize, so the first person to email me ( gets it!



@tulsapeople That's right, Hamilton is coming to Tulsa in Summer 2019! #thehypeisreal #notthrowingawaymyshot


​Jan. 24


Um, I think a few people might like this new Hamilton musical just a little bit. At least if this post is any indication — a picture from January 2017 about a musical 2.5 years away still making the Best Nine? Pretty sure that's the definition of hype. Don't hold your breath on us giving away Hamilton tickets though — we're waaaaaaay too unimportant to make that VIP list.

But seriously, if anyone gets a hold of some Hamilton tix, HMU.



@tulsapeople Goodnight, @guthriegreen βœ¨πŸŒ™

Jan. 9


I feel so fortunate to have come of age in Tulsa during such an exciting time of rebirth and revitalization. Even though it's only a few years old, I can barely remember downtown without Guthrie Green. I have a distinct memory of returning to Tulsa after a semester abroad, and finding the Arts District utterly unrecognizable, with desolate parking lots suddenly replaced by a world-class public park, a rehearsal space, a new gallery and several new arts organization centers. Another wave of transformation has taken place since, with the Archer Building's new tenants once again changing the landscape in wonderful new ways. So... You're pretty cool, Tulsa, and I'm glad I've been here to watch it happen.



@tulsapeopIe I love walking into the office every morning and passing our new painting by @christophermantle. It really captures the color and verve of our unique city, and reminds us why we do the work we do ... for our awesome Tulsa people of course! β€οΈπŸ™πŸŽ¨ 

Nov. 17


This painting by Chris Mantle was created for Cooking For A Cause benefiting Iron Gate, and our publisher and president were the highest bidders! I love everything Mantle does, and so it's really special to have this painting up in the office. Plus, it's huge! Like, 4'x5' — a big, bold statement. And it really speaks to our company's mission to be a cheerleader for local talent, and a supporter of valuable community initiatives.



@tulsapeople Careful out there, my okies... there's a storm a-brewing!

May 11


The only video to make the #BestNine, this time lapse of some serious-looking storm clouds got more than 1,800 views. I'm sure most of you were like me, and filmed the storm rather than take cover. Typical Okie move. Luckily, this storm's bark was worse than its bite, unlike the storm referenced in post #8.



@tulsapeople @thenesttulsa asking the important questions. #mindblown#sundayfunday #cherrystreet


July 23


"If Cinderella's shoe fit so perfectly, why did it fall off?" What I shared as a clever reflection on a fairy tale fallacy quickly became a very literal and heated discussion in the comments section. Several Instagram users posited that Cinderella was probably drunk (I mean, haven't we all had one too many and suddenly that weirdo from Chem 101 starts to look like Prince Charming?). Several others insisted that glass, as a nonporous substance, would lead to profuse foot sweat and therefore increased slipping risk. My personal favorite comment though was the aptly put, "Whoever wrote this has never ran in heels."

I'm sure whoever wrote this didn't think their sign would be taken so seriously. But hey, welcome to the Internet. 



@tulsapeople Hope that everyone stayed safe last night! Be careful out there, #Tulsa. πŸ“·: Public Radio Tulsa

Photo by Public Radio Tulsa

Aug. 6


Oof, what a surreal day. It was definitely a sudden and shocking reminder of nature's power, and our geographic location in Tornado Alley. Luckily, there were no fatalities caused by this rare August tornado. There was, however, substantial damage to businesses around 41st and Yale, many of which have not re-opened.



@tulsapeople REPOST πŸ“·: @randersen 
Greetings from HOME.
Great trip. Great to be back in my city.
Photo credit: @alwaysrooney

​Photo by @alwaysrooney

​Feb. 13


This shot was captured by one of the many gorgeous underpass murals around Greenwood. A great reminder that there's more to this city than meets the eye, and that there's no substitute for getting out there and exploring on foot. You never know what you'll discover right in your home town.


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