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Instagram Photos + Map = Mapstagram

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What do you get when you add geo-tagged images taken with the Instagram mobile app and a Google Map? Mapstagram! For the photovoyeur-slash-cartography wonk in all of us. Real time updates pinned to locations pop up on the map, with a link to the image. They give us their "about" info:

We begin by displaying the most recent photo for each of the cities we're subscribed to, then the real-time magic begins. As photos are uploaded by users in these cities, we immediately display them on the map in real time!

Right now Los Angeles is a little less Instagram-rific (NYC and San Francisco have us beat with volume, hands down). What, are we all Hipstamatic hipsters here? It's still kinda mesmerizing to watch the stylized images of churches, cocktails, shops, art, and more pop up as they happen.