Awesome, thanks everyone! I built it in about 3 days for a personal project @hackreactor (my first webapp from scratch) and had no idea it was on the front page of HN until just now! haha. Will totally work on cleaning up the interface a bit tonight, wasn't quite prepared for this to see thousands of eyes... haha. Thanks for the comments/suggestions, really appreciate it and totally welcome any more thoughts/bugs/feature requests.
"My My Hack Reactor classmate Mike Adams' app Instahood is pretty cool. It shows recent Instagram photos from any location you choose. When you first open it, you see photos at your current location. Then you can look at pictures wherever else you want, either by clicking somewhere on the map or by searching for a place (with auto-complete!)
He used Meteor (web framework), the Google Maps API, and the Instagram API."
Mike's classmate here. It was a pretty awesome presentation he gave on Friday and it was great seeing how quickly everyone's work came together during out personal projects sprint.
Some of us worked on meteor, one did a meteor package, several worked on node, one or two were on rails, mine was coffee and backbone on parse. I love being at Hack Reactor! Building cooler and cooler stuff every week is downright addictive.
If anybody's coming to the next Meteor devshop event, come by and say hi!
Looking around my smallish hometown area, I'm wondering if social workers and/or police make use of tools like this. I'm not advocating either way, but there's lots of young people essentially publicly confessing to crimes (pictures of them vandalizing, screenshots of text messages about planning to steal clothes from the mall, and plenty of teenage angst). I feel a bit creepy for looking at their pictures, but also shocked they're so revealing to the public. How clear does instagram make it that your photos are public? Is it ignorance or apathy on the part of the teens?
I'm a student at the University of Michigan and I just used this in Ann Arbor. Students celebrated St. Patrick's Day today and Instahood did an amazing job collating everyone's pictures from the festivities.
I agree with jgh that the interface isn't the best, but that's something that can be fixed. The underlying concept of seeing everyone's Instagram pictures in your immediate vicinity is extremely appealing to me. Great work and I hope you keep refining this!
The page was just a black background with white text that said "No Photos" for about 60 seconds before it finally loaded the map/photos. As a regular user, I would not have given it that long to load (without any indication that it's even loading), and would have just left.
Can anyone explain what this is? I see a mostly empty page with two vertical scroll bars and the texts "No Photos..." and "Click on the map or use the search". No map and no indication what I can search for.
This really is an interesting piece of software, i can see something like this being used for targeted ads; for example, I see allot of car pictures in my area meaning an ad company could only display car related ads if the user was from my area.
This can also be used for stalking. Allot of people take pictures at home and you could be able to find their area by their username.
It's on meteor, but not really leveraging any of the most powerful features of meteor. I also built it in node but it's not deployed. It is indeed not real-time yet, will get that plugged in soon. Thanks for the comments!
http://RiteTag.com lets you search words to get Twitter, G+, and yes, Instagram tags that reach topic-following people, those interested in your blog posts, videos, artwork, photographs, and even offers in eBay and Amazon, shows you the when, who, how many times, and what in the content that has been tagged with a tag related to your query, and lets you do a few more things as well. RiteTag is not an SEO tool, its a SSO tool: for optimizing your content in social media to reach more, with relevancy.
Some tools do tag illustration: stats. RiteTag is a tool for discovering reaching tags, per network (they vary per network) and learn about tags as well. Its not about optimizingtweets and other content to be seen by those not following you, but following and searching for your tagged topics. Many more networks with topic hashtagging are in the plans for integration, as our first users tell us how they need to tag their photos, images, and goods better to get seen more, and thus sell more. Rather than rush to add every social network with an open API, we focus on relevancy and honing the results in the RiteTag Reports.