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Instagram Web Viewer using the Instagram API

Last updated on March 15, 2015 in Development

Instagram Web Viewer API
Here is the Instagram Web Viewer


Want to search Instagram pictures and see them sorted by likes? Here is Instagram Search with Sorting

I was reading recently about the crazy growth of Instagram and decided to take a look at their API. I don’t really use Instagram but I love photography and have often wanted to explore some Instagram tags. I know that there are a bunch of websites out there like Webstagram, Populagram, and Statigram which let you browse Instagram on the web, but I wanted to build my own simple Instagram web viewer. My idea is to make it simple, fast, and easy to anonymously browse Instagram using only HTML5.

I also wanted to enhance tag exploration by aggregating all the tags from each picture in the search results and showing them in a nice tag cloud. When you scroll to the bottom the JavaScript automatically intiates an API call for next results, similarly to Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest. You get original large size images in all search results and they link to the Instagram image page. You can search for tags or users and you can click on any user of any picture to get all the user’s photos. And, finally, there is a download button which allows you to quickly initiate a picture download.

Let me know what you think. Here is my Instagram Explorer.

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