A Wicked Cool Way to Use Your Instagram Stream

Instagram has been an absolute hit with mobile users. Launched in October 2010, Instagram quickly added 1 million users in a mere two months after their app launched. Now nine months into their existence, Instagram has 5 million users that have uploaded nearly 100 million photos. To put it in perspective – it took Flickr two years to reach 100 million uploads. Wowza.

If you are one of the devoted already using–and loving–this app, we found a cool new API that you might just dig. Screenstagram, developed by The Barbarian Group, is an awesome API that pulls in your and your friends’ images from your Instagram feed and creates a screensaver for your computer.

Installation is a breeze – here is how it works:

1. Pop over to The Barbarian Group’s site to download the installation tool.

2. Once the download is complete, a Screenstagram Icon will appear on your desktop. The installation tool will actually launch on its own just double click the embedded file to start the installation process.

3. Once complete, your screen saver settings window will pop-up. Scroll to the bottom of the screen saver list options until you see ‘Other‘ – the Screenstagram API will appear here.

4. Click ‘Options‘ button and you will be prompted to enter your Instagram credentials. Here you can select if you want your photos or you and your friends photos to appear, and if you want usernames to appear embedded on each picture. After you make your selections you are done. No, seriously hit ‘Done’ and the process is complete.

If you are more a visual person, here is a video that demonstrates the installation process:

Screenstagram Installation & Demo from Barbarian Group on Vimeo.

Something to note – right now this API is only available for Mac users that are running Snow Leopard or above. Kind of a bummer, but it sounds like they are working on refining this API so it is more widely available.

Photo/Video Credit: The Barbarian Group

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