What do billions of Instagram photographs can tell us about the world? How can we see larger cultural patterns contained in such massive visual social data? Do these images reflect the specificity of local places?
We present new visualization techniques to analyze and compare more than 2.3 million publicly shared Instagram photos from 13 cities such as New York, San Francisco, London and Tokyo.
A research article about the project was published in the July issue of First Monday (http://www.firstmonday.org), an open-access peer–reviewed journal. In addition, all visualizations and findings are available on the project’s web site at www.phototrails.net.