Instant Peeping creates real-time urban maps out of the voyeuristic snapshots.
Instagram has revolutionized the way we catch up with friends, allowing us to keep tabs on their whereabouts, the foods they eat, and their late-night shenanigans – all without having to speak a word to one another. This type of social media voyeurism is not only useful for maintaining interpersonal relationships, but also gives us a glimpse into places far removed from our day-to-day lives.
A new web experiment – Instant Peeping – features five of the world’s major cities, and displays all of the Instagram shots that people in those locations are posting in real time. After each new shot is snapped, a bubble of the image pops up on the location in either Tokyo, Stockholm, London, New York, or Paris. The website claims the tool can be used to “explore behavior patterns through data analysis among Instagram users,” allowing you to see trends in the documented scenes across each city.
Instant Peeping provides more than just hipster shots of the Louvre or the Williamsburg Bridge; visitors can browse the most popular tags, locations, filters, hours of the day, and days of the week for photos to be taken. In Paris, after the most obvious tags such as #paris and #france, you can uncover tags that relate to the city’s culture, and the interests of its people, such as #love and #fashion.
More cities will be added to Instant Peeping in the future, and sports events, festivals, and other places could also be included in the list of locations to choose from.