Instagram API

In this first API tutorial we’re going to use Instagram to create a page with four of the most recently shared images tagged with the word “kitty”.

API stands for Application Programmers Interface. That’s a mouthful, but you can think of it for now as an entry point to the database of another websites. An API provides a way for you, as a developer of rich internet applications, to access and utilize data and content from another web service or application in your own application. For example, you could put videos from YouTube in your application utilizing the YouTube API. You could include photos from Instagram using the Instagram API, maps from Google using the Google Maps API, News, Weather, Tweets, Check-ins, Messages, Appointments, Reminders, the latest announcements from Zombocom. Anything. You name it. The only limit is your imagination.

Pretty cool stuff. Have a look at some of the following sites which feature use the Instagram API to get a feel for the type of thing you’ll be building in this lesson’s challenge.

This is now InstaKitty

That’s it - nothing else to read or watch for this lesson. Before we jump into the challenge, take just a moment to look around and familiarize yourself with the Instagram Developer Documentation.

Instagram Developer Documentation
What's next? Do the challenge!

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