Hyperlapse has been out for 3 weeks now, surprisingly there’s only about 319k #hyperlapse hashtagged on Instagram. For some reason, I’d expected there to be a lot more, perhaps a million at least, but I guess capturing video is more of a hassle compared to taking a photo. There’s also not as many opportunities to sit still long enough to get a worthwhile 10 to 15 second time-lapsed video.
My first attempt was to record about a minute’s worth of traffic on the freeway from our window. This equated to a 15 second time-lapsed video at about 6x speed (by default):
Instagram’s tumblr blog post had some great examples of interesting subject matter to record, from a plane taking off, riding on a train, on a bicycle or simply following your kid around. The great thing about this is that you don’t have to be super-still to get a decent video.
Another one below of some birds while we were sitting at the bench next to the river.
I’ve gotten to a point where I’m following so many users on instagram (over 400) that it sometimes feels I’m missing out on something. But I also can’t bare to remove any. If IG only had a list feature similar to Twitter where you can put users in different lists, or like Google+ where you add users to various circles, then I probably wouldn’t be having this dilemma.
This is where an app like Fotogram comes in handy. By creating another IG account, I’ve managed to use multiple accounts to follow different types of users. Add to that, the funky interface that Fotogram provides, the functionality to Tweet a photo, switch between accounts easily and as long as you don’t feel the need to upload a photo, then you’ve got yourself a winner
Instagram’s rolled out web profiles for users under instagram.com/USERNAME. For example, my instagram photos are now available for viewing by the public under http://instagram.com/holimac (see screengrab below). Although third-party sites such as web.stagram.com and statigram.com have been providing a web interface for instagram ever since they opened up their api, this is a long awaited move by IG at least from me, since it gives everyone access to your photos and not just members.
After reading about the latest update to the maps app in the latest iOS 6, I thought to try it out myself. Verdict:
- Love the 3d maps feature. Almost like a virtual game
- Just when pinching the screen was becoming stale, they start incorporating the pan, twist and tilt
- Not sure what to make of the “fake” 3d function yet.. But again, love the 3d buildings
See screen grabs below.
My beloved hashtag #cloudporn is no longer..
(Update) but only for a little while.
Anyone else game to try? I’m just downloading now and if all goes well, will give a review. What will I be looking for? I’d love a bookmark sync feature. Or maybe syncing my browse history and tabs on Chrome desktop.
For those who hadn’t heard (or hadn’t noticed), Instagram was offline for a good majority of the day yesterday. Yes, I was suffering withdrawal symptoms… I didn’t get the chance to upload all the cloudporn so I’ll be making up for it over the next few days so stay tuned! Here’s one I uploaded of swirly clouds earlier.
If you’re wondering what the issue was, IG posted something on their help page. Apparently, storms knocked out Amazon’s cloud servers which disabled web services including instagram, pinterest and netflix. Kinda defeats the purpose of cloud hosting when something like this can happen.
Luckily, I still had Flickr and Tumblr to keep me company yesterday.
Instagram iPhone app update yesterday. From what i can tell, there were two obvious changes.
1. Faster and leaner. Version 2.5 appears to respond better when switching screens and refreshes images more efficiently.
2. Popular page and the search feature are now rolled into one screen. Good approach since I hardly ever looked at the popular page but used the tag search fairly often.