How to geotag Cherry Blossom Festival photos and video on Twitter, Instagram

Want to participate in our region-wide mapping of cherry blossoms? When you see D.C.’s famous trees flowering this spring, share your photos or videos of the blooms on Instagram or Twitter, with the hashtag #DCblooms and geolocation enabled.

Turning on geolocation adds geographic data to your socially shared images—which allows us to place your photos or videos on the map of flowering cherry trees on our #DCblooms page. Below are some tips for turning on this feature on Instagram or Twitter. Please keep in mind that you’ll need to turn off these permissions to stop sharing your location through these services, and that sharing your location will allow anyone (not just The Post!) to see where you’ve taken a photo or video.

Twitter

You’ll need to turn on location services for Twitter on your phone, as well as make sure to map your tweet before sending.

For iPhone

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First, make sure Twitter can access your location. To enable this, go to: Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Make sure you’ve enabled Location Services generally, as well as for Twitter. (The radio buttons for both should look green, not white.)

When composing your tweet, click on the pin icon at the bottom left, and confirm Twitter has your location correct. Be sure to include the hashtag #DCblooms.

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For Android: First, make sure Twitter can access your location. Go to Settings > Location Services. Turn on access to my location–the button will read “on.”

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When composing your tweet, click on the pin icon at the bottom right, and confirm Twitter has your location correct. Be sure to include the hashtag #DCblooms.

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Have more questions about how geotagging works on Twitter? Twitter has a an FAQ on adding location to your tweets.

Instagram

Make sure you’ve updated to the most recent version of Instagram.

When you’re on the final screen of sharing your photo, make sure “Add to Photo Map” is turned on. On both iPhone and Android, the radio button area will be blue:

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Have more questions about how geotagging works on Instagram? Instagram has an FAQ on how their photo map feature works.

Don’t forget to include the hashtag #DCBlooms—we can’t wait to see your cherry blossom shots.

Phoebe Connelly is a senior producer for video at The Washington Post.
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