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A real-time eye on Hurricane Irene
Two smart programmers have funneled photos from Instagram, a photo-sharing app, into a site for viewing the storm’s impact.
What does a hurricane look like? TV networks give you the standard storm maps and reporters blustering in blustery weather. But Instagram, a photo-sharing app for the iPhone, lets people snap shots from all over, giving a very different picture of events.
Chris Ackermann and Peter Ng, two Web developers for the New York Times, whipped up a website—in their spare time!—that publishes photos shared on Instagram and tagged as related to Hurricane Irene. Instagram plus Hurricane Irene equals Instacane. Here’s a selection of the best photos we spotted on it.
Owen Thomas was the founding executive editor of the Daily Dot before becoming the editor in chief of Read Write. A former managing editor for Valleywag, Thomas also was an executive editor for VentureBeat and now serves as business editor for the San Francisco Chronicle.