“This is Now” : showing the world’s instagram photos in real-time (close enough)
This is Now used the Instagram API to display real-time streams of public images taken in five cities around the world, from London, England to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
They use the geographical identification feature of Instagram to narrow down the appropriate pictures, only showing you picture from your chosen city.
The number of photos and the speed at which they roll across your screen depends on the local time of the location you choose. If the city is asleep, you’ll see less photos and less-frequent updates. If it’s awake, you’ll be watching a video in no time.
Check out New York now, the Sandy storm is genuinely doing some serious damage. You may see people taking a dark, blurry, and rain-soaked Instagram picture of tree branches that is being flung at them at 60+ mph.
Watch the world real-time at This is Now!