The recent surge in food photography as a popular means of checking in with peers on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and personal blogs, in many ways appears to be the digital equivalent of sitting down to a meal with friends and loved ones.

The NY Times looks at the recent surge in food photography as a popular means of checking in with peers on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and personal blogs. Building on people's desire to share and archive the most intimate details of  their lives online, this phenomenon appears to be the digital equivalent of sitting down to a meal with friends and loved ones. Other factors contributing to this trend are likely the prevalence of point and shoot camera phones that make posting pictures an easy process, as well as the emergence of mobile-social games like foursquare and Gowalla that encourage users to go out an explore their surroundings, restaurants and bars chief among them.

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