I have an artist buddy who is working on an art installation and asked me if there was a way to display a realtime view of an instagram hashtag feed on a projector.
Unfortunately there isn’t anything right out of the box available, but I offered to write him a quick app that he could fire up that would give him what he wanted.
For the impatient, full source is available at my github.
One way to do this would be to hook into the instagram realtime API. Using the realtime API you subscribe to tags or users via their API and supply a url callback. Instagram will then callback to your endpoint with an HTTP GET, validate that you actually did request (via a handshake response), and then post to your endpoint whenever something on that subscription has changed. What it won’t do is actually give you … Read more