February 28, 2011
The folks behind Instagram, the popular photo app, have made available a real-time Instagram API, according to the developer's official blog. This will allow other developers to integrate Instagram photos, tags, and locations into their own apps. Instagram is one of the many recent iOS app success stories.When it debuted late last year, the app, created by Burbn, Inc., made photo sharing for the masses easier than ever. In the process, it gathered quite a following. In a few short months, the free iPhone/iPod touch app has been downloaded nearly two million times and remains near the top of the charts in the App Store. The API should accelerate the app's growth and make it even more popular. Already, Shayne Sweeney has developed Instadrop, which lets users automatically upload Instagram photos to their Dropbox accounts. According to MacStories, Flipboard and About.me are working on Instagram integrations for their products too. In a perfect world, a Hipstamatic-Instagram integration would be announced soon. This would combine two of the App Stores’ most popular apps, and allow the uploading of Hipstamatic photos using Instagram. The new real-time Instagram API could become quite popular. It will be interesting to see what develops from it in the future. For more information on the API, visit the Instagram blog.
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