If your digital signage or digital OOH network calls and displays Instagram posts/pix, you may well have an issue because of API changes made by the social media company.
The short story is – a lot of what you show may no longer show. If you don’t have logins for Instagram account you want to show, sorry. If you put stuff up based on hashtags (risky to begin with), that is now limited.
What’s already up on your screens is fine. It’s cached anyway. You just won’t get updates.
I know companies directly in the signage business, like Insteo, that had to always be at the ready for an API change on services like Twitter – which happened, and suddenly nothing or almost nothing would work.Some CMS developers may be having a late night(s) if this is a significant widget/gadget/thingie among the company’s apps and offers.
Screenfeed is hard at work making updates to its Social Apps dashboard to deal with the unannounced changes to the Instagram API. Good news is you can still show posts from your own Instagram accounts (for now) and our support for Facebook Pages and Twitter remain as options.
— Screenfeed Content (@Screenfeed) April 5, 2018
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for some 14 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast.