The fact that Instagram is popular worldwide with smartphone and tablet users and that it helps users general users create masterpieces with everyday photos they go around snapping, is well known. These photos tell a tale themselves and combine all the photos from a city and they will tell you a story of the city, of its people and their lives. A new website service ‘This Is Now’ has tapped into this very idea of storytelling through Instagram pictures.
Anyone visiting the website is presented with the choice to pick one of the five major cities from around the world (New York, Sao Paolo, London, Tokyo, or Sydney). Clicking on each city takes you to a page where Instagram images from that city get displayed in real time, as and when the images gets clicked and uploaded to Instagram. Watching these images gives a unique and beautiful view of the city and its inhabitants in real time.
“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. “, reads the webpage description.
Entering the page of a particular city will show you the images where new images keep getting added, with the rate at which new images get added depending on the time of the day in that city. Night times naturally sees fewer images getting uploaded. The page also displays how many users are currently viewing the page along with you and clicking on the “What is this?” link at the top left corner of the page brings up more statistical info regarding the city. Such as, how many photos have been seen over all, how many clicks have been received, average page view time and for how long you have been in that page.
Clicking on any image will transfer you to the Instagram website where you view more info about the image and the uploader and follow them if you wish. Click on the source link if you want to give it a try yourself.
Source: This Is Now