November 16, 2005
Instagram is one of those early adopter favorites that quickly crossed the chasm to more mainstream users, at least within my social network. Take that popularity, mix it with an apparent desire to buy shirts, and it was inevitable that someone would use the Instagram API to create wearable mashups. In fact, there are at least three such services, each with its own twist.
Popcarte is a service for consumers, taking their uploaded photo and turning it into a card of the customer's choosing, from postcards to invitations to thank you notes, to special occasions, and then mails it out worldwide. The Popcarte API lets developers integrate the service into their apps.