Irish developer Brian Kenny recently launched his labour of love, Spots.io – a mashup of two hipster favorites: Instagram and Foursquare.
By combining mapped photos from Instagram users with places from Foursquare, it dynamically creates galleries from the publicly shared images.
So what? Well since Instagram pictures tend to be quick snapshots (when not of food/coffee/beer/fixies) you can get an interesting informal view of places you’d not normally get in this world of managed media.
A perfect example of this comes from the gallery of the Playboy Mansion. While there are the typical shots of women standing around in their underwear, you also get they utterly mundane example of people standing around taking touristy shots in front of the house. What ever little mystery the mansion had evaporates with every badly filtered image.
For a less salacious example, there’s always the White House Bowling Alley.
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Thanks Des Traynor
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