Instagram stack options?


(Nick Wilcox-Brown) #1

Searching for Instagram stacks on the Realmac add-ons site and references here brings up surprisingly limited options given the current popularity of Insta. Weavium looks interesting; is there anything else I should be looking at to display a feed of my own images ( https://www.instagram.com/nickwilcoxbrown/ )

Perhaps there is a way of showing Instagram images in @instacks Gallery 3 as a paid upgrade?

Thanks!

/nick


(Jannis from inStacks Software) #2

Hi Nick,

of course interesting.

If I read this: https://www.instagram.com/developer/

It looks to me they are changing their API, so nothing you are able to plan on longterm. I have to say I did not have a deeper look by now.

To continuously improve Instagram users’ privacy and security, we are accelerating the deprecation of Instagram API Platform, making the following changes effective immediately. We understand that this may affect your business or services, and we appreciate your support in keeping our platform secure.

These capabilities will be disabled immediately (previously set for July 31, 2018 or December 11, 2018 deprecation). The following will be deprecated according to the timeline we shared previously:

Public Content - all remaining capabilities to read public media on a user’s behalf on December 11, 2018
Basic - to read a user’s own profile info and media in early 2020

Cheers, Jannis


(Nick Wilcox-Brown) #3

Instagram: " The following will be deprecated according to the timeline we shared previously:"

“to read a user’s own profile info and media in early 2020”

Not a great way to run a business is it? Thanks for looking into this Jannis - looks like I need to download the individual pictures and put them into Gallery 3!


(Paul Russam) #4

There’s this, it basically chucks out a couple of lines of code that you pop into a HTML stack.


If you want it to work on an https site you have to pay $10 but you can test it in RW for free.

I’m using it at the bottom of this page: https://www.scale-ni.com


(Jannis from inStacks Software) #5

It’s always better to host the pictures by yourself, especially when you’re located in Europe. Why?

First: GDPR. In theory, you would have to mention in your privacy policy that you load images from Instagram, IP address discussion etc. I won’t elaborate on this.

Second: you don’t know with these APIs what happens in some months time, if it is still available.

I am getting some questions for example for Amazon Photos, Flickr, Instagram. Either no API exists, or it was already shut down.


(Nick Wilcox-Brown) #6

I wish I had notifications turned on! I have downloaded all images, added them to Behance and thence to Gallery 3

Seriously, this looks really useful Paul, so thank you very much. I will look at implementing it in the next few days as it also shows like and captions direct from Insta.


(Rob Beattie) #7

Hi Paul,

are you saying that this widget in some way gets round the upcoming changes in Instagram’s API or just suggesting it as an alternative to using a stack?

Thanks

Rob


(Paul Russam) #8

At this stage it’s an alternative that ‘may’ survive the change.

All services like Twitter, FB, IG etc really really do not want THEIR content viewed anywhere other than their platform as they can’t then track it or sell advertising next to it. So… they regularly change things to prevent (or at least slowdown) 3rd party apps/plugins development.

I capitalised ‘their’ above because most people don’t realise that anything they post to T, FB etc becomes that platforms property.

Essentially if you want to guarantee the continued presence of ANYTHING on a site you MUST host it yourself, never rely on a 3rd party service.


(Jannis from inStacks Software) #9

tl;dr

1 .With https://lightwidget.com, you subscribe to a company sitting in Poland. They then host a backend server pulling the image information from the Instagram account and sending it to the browser client.

  1. The browser client itself is loading the images then from the Instagram CDN servers.

With 1., you are dependent on the company you are subscribing to, as to Instagram APIs staying stable.


(Jannis from inStacks Software) #10

Just registered for an Instagram Developer Account. Let’s see where this heads to.


(Paul Russam) #11

There’s a good reason we don’t have a bunch of Twitter, FB etc stacks and that when one comes around it’s short lived.
Picture this:
A dev spends time and money developing a stack to show a Twitter feed, they launch the stack, sell xx copies and make their investment back + plus a little more … nice!
6months later Twitter change things and all the sites that use the stack are now broken, clients complain to their builders and the builders complain to the dev.
The dev now has to invest time and money trying to find a work around for the changes (if it can be done) and pushing out an update … which the dev WILL NOT get any money for. The builders update all their sites and then …
6months later Twitter change things.


(Jannis from inStacks Software) #12

Full acknowledge.


(Jannis from inStacks Software) #13

Further reading: The old Instagram API will be gone early 2020. See: https://developers.facebook.com/blog/post/2018/01/30/instagram-graph-api-updates/

In future, access to Instagram will only be possible through a new Facebook Graph API, and then only to Instagram Business Accounts. See: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/instagram-api

@NickWB: Do you have a Instagram Business Account? Anything feasible to do? See: https://www.freelogoservices.com/blog/2018/02/20/how-to-set-up-an-instagram-account-for-your-business/


Instagram Feed Stacks
(Nick Wilcox-Brown) #14

@instacks I have converted mine to a business account


(Michael Frankland) #15

http://demo.yuzoolthemes.com/wall/

@NickWB Wall Stack still works with Instagram but as @instacks and @PaulRussam note for how long and until when :man_shrugging:. It’s using the Instagram API and you can sign up for your own or use the one in the Stack but as they (and all the other services change regularly) it is something to keep on top of. But this has been going strong since 2017 (touch wood).

But Instagram integration into Gallery Stack would be great if it’s worth the time investment. Maybe just link to your Instagram account for now?

At the end of the day, Instagram et al want visitors to go to their site and not just look at their photos as embeds…


(Nick Wilcox-Brown) #16

Yes, a tough question @yuzool Thanks for your thoughts. I am going to stick with doing this manually via Behance for a few weeks and then make a decision.


(LJ) #17

I’ve used 1LDs Instagram Connect for quite a while but like many others have had the disappearing instagram problem when they change their API. Been good for some time however: example site: https://gebbyeaton.co.uk/instagram/


(system) #18

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