ProPublica news application developer Al Shaw discovered an Instagram API that lets you search by both time and geographic coordinates -- "a perfect way to see who's at a certain place at a certain time," Shaw writes.
He built a simple tool called QIS, or Quick Instagram Search, that journalists could use to find Instagram photos at newsworthy events. "Just having fun with it, we found a lot of interesting stuff," he said in a phone call with Poynter. "Anything you could type into Google Maps would work."
One example from Shaw's post: a photo of the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15 minutes before it was bombed. QIS could conceivably help newsrooms verify photos from breaking news events. (more...)