For the next two posts, I’m going to introduce some of the techniques I’ve been using to mine content on Instagram, without using their API. This will include extracting a set of posts for a particular hashtag, extracting user information, and extracting a public users timeline. This first post will introduce some of the concepts of Instagram’s REST service it’s front-end JS client uses to load data from, and start by showing how we can use it to extract posts containing a hashtag.
If you’re just interested in the python code for this example, it can be found at https://github.com/tomkdickinson/Instagram-Search-API-Python.
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