When I first saw InstagramAdvent it was one of the most sparse Twitter pages I’d seen. As you can see, it has fleshed out nicely with the progress of the actual season. As you can also see, the Twitter page offers one of my personal bugaboos — no clue whatsoever who is behind it. I did some digging and was able to (probably) find the right person.
Did you notice in the bottom left-hand corner there is an “About” that gives a name? Tonight Twitter is being cranky, so I can’t check to see if the name works, but I will hope so.
The idea of the Instagram Advent is to use the Instagram phone app to take, modify, and post a daily photo. This is a one-a-day project by a single individual. This is just a pretty simple idea, simply implemented. I have and sometimes use the Instagram app, and enjoy it. The drawback for me is that there is no easy way to get the same functionality on the web as on the phone, so I don’t use Instagram as much as I do some other photo tools on the phone. While searching for the person behind InstagramAdvent I discovered a way to get around the web limitations of Instagram — Followgram!
Followgram is a rather clever tool to create virtually all of the standard functionality that you would normally expect from the original developer. I was quite happy to find it. This is how I tend to find many of the more useful or important items for my job, by accident, while looking for something else entirely. In November, InstagramAdvent was an idea, but there were no actual posts, so the search for them brought up images from Instagram tagged as “advent” and displayed in Followgram. Nice.
Once InstagramAdvent got going, I was then able to find him/them on Followgram.