Category Archives: Photos

Fifty Percent of Instagram Photos Have Geo Coordinates

I’m playing around with the Instagram API, to determine if it is a good source for pulling location specific, high quality photos.

Many of the photos I come across, that associated with locations…well, just suck. I love using Instagram and feel i take some really cool photos from specific locations. So I wanted to test the waters.

I wrote a script that pulled 500 images across 20 of my Instagram friends. I figured that was a good cross-section. Here are the results:

  • Number of Photos – 500
  • Number with Latitude / Longitude – 261
  • Number with No Location – 239

That is slightly over 50% of Instagram photos having latitude and longitude associated with each photo. Awesome!

After evaluating my own photos, and talking to a couple of my friends, we concluded that the ones without location info, are probably from taking photos with our camera outside of Instagram, then running through Instagram for the filters.  So the numbers could be higher for users who don’t do this.

By no way a scientific research, but enough to warrant pushing ahead building more code samples and prototypes at CityGrid and Hyp3rL0cal, so developers can pull high quality local photos from Instagram and include in their local web and mobile applications.