Hurricane Sandy: Instagram Sees Staggering 10 Photos Per Second During Storm

Instagram Users Flood Service With Pics From Superstorm

The story of Hurricane Sandy is largely being told through photos, in part thanks to Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app bought by Facebook this year.

More than 244,000 photos have been posted to Instagram with the hashtag #sandy, according to app founder Kevin Systrom. More than 144,000 more have been posted under #hurricanesandy and another 23,000 photos under #frankenstorm.

“There are now 10 pictures per second being posted with the hashtag #sandy — most are images of people prepping for the storm and images of scenes outdoors,” Systrom said in a statement that was posted to Poynter.

At least one independent site is tracking Instagram photos of Sandy. During Hurricane Irene in August 2011, Peter Ng and Chris Ackermann, a pair of developers from the New York Times and Facebook, respectively, created the site as a landing page for Instagram photos related to the storm. That site is again live for Hurricane Sandy, and can be found here.

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