This is a warning to all Instagrammers who visit Wyoming state forests and remote lakes. Stop taking selfies and identifying the location of the photo on social media. For social media enthusiasts, this is called Geotagging, or GeoTagging. Wikipedia explains Geotagging as the process of adding a geographical identification to photos on social media platforms so other users can find the same exact location.
According to the New York Times, Brian Modena, board member of the Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism, said the Grand Tetons was under threat from visitors drawn by the beautiful vistas on Instagram.
Modena was quoted as saying “one or two hikers a day would make the nine-mile trek up to Delta Lake. Now, as many as 145 people are hiking there each day to shoot engagement photos and other romantic shots.”
Local folks all over the world claim photo-tourism has led to travelers taking selfies in the most unusual places. There are more visitors in the Louvre in Paris spending time photographing themselves in front of the Mona Lisa than looking at it.
We did that.
Advertising campaigns are beginning to pop up to get tourists to stop geotagging photographs. In order to help the cause, Instagram users have started to use the hashtag #nogeotag.