This year for Aaron’s birthday he decided he wanted to have a pun filled Communist “Party” as the theme for this year’s celebration. The theme was a huge hit for all who attended. Tons of great costumes.
Last year I used Google hangout to stream the party to itself with multiple iPhones, iPad, and laptops. Basically letting a party goer in one room see and chat with people in another room. It was a lot of fun and throughout the night people joined in with their smartphones.
This year I wanted to do something tech oriented as well, Aaron said he wanted to have some sort of photo booth setup because everyone was going to be in costume. Except he didn’t know how to put it together or where to set it up. Tech question answered.
I’ve been thinking about and experimenting with Instagram lately. Pulling photos based on a tag or location is primarily been my idea. So when the idea of photo booth came up I thought, “Well everyone is a walking camera… so.”
I built a page to fit on our tv screen and pull Instagram and Twitter for all updates with the hashtag #redparty. The page would refresh every 2 minutes so new photos would appear throughout the night. I’ve deactivated the uploads but check out the Red Party page. One fun element was anyone on Instagram tagging #redparty would show. So from Miami to Pittsburgh we had all kinds of other photos in the feed.
One of the best parts was getting people to signup and create Instagram accounts at the party. I did have to do a lot of hashtag 101 that night but it was worth it.
For the people by the people.