People snap Instagram pics everywhere - bars, restaurants, bathrooms and even secretive company headquarters. Worldcam is an impressive web app that lets you find all the photos taken with Instagram from any location you specify.
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This is Now is a visual real-time feed of Instagram, using geolocation data to organise photos into streams by city. The tool instantly streams photos as they are taken, giving users a glimpse of what people are seeing and sharing in New York, London, Sao Paulo, Tokyo and my city of Sydney.
Pick one of the cities and you are instantly transported into the daily life and culture of the city. One of the best uses of the Instagram API I’ve seen yet.
The tool was created by Marcio Puga, Mauricio Massaia and Per Thoresson. This is their project description:
The This is Now project is a visual composition which uses real-time updates from the ever popular Instagram application based on users’ geotag locations. The tool streams photos instantly as soon as they are uploaded on Instagram and captures a city’s movement, in a fluid story.
And it’s called Instagram.
In a status update today, Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company has bought Instagram for a tidy sum of 1 Billion dollars. Billion.
Besides the fact that this is higher than the market cap of the The New York Times, a 150 year old company, it’s also the highest price acquisition Facebook has made to date.
Instagram is a small startup that employs just 13 people. However, they have built a killer mobile app that people love engaging with. In contrast to Facebook, Instagram is a service designed to be mobile first.
Facebook have struggled to create an app people love. Their mobile experience is often bloated, buggy and currently has 2 stars in the App Store. With Instagram, they’ve essentially bought themselves a mobile strategy.
Combining this with the Instagram Android release, hipsters everywhere are crying into their chai lattes and ironic t-shirts.