On April 4, 2018 Instagram unexpectedly announced that it had brought forward its planned deprecation of the current Instagram API (previously set for July 31, 2018 or December 11, 2018). This unexpected change has of course had a significant impact on the Instagram Managed Source service that DataSift provides.
Prior to these changes, the Instagram Managed Source provided three features for hashtags, users and geo. With the API deprecation now in place, these features are now reduced to one which is the hashtag search.
The hashtag search is operational however due to the changes restricting user information, the format is now different. Specific fields are no longer available within the
from section, namely
username still being present. The user
id has also been removed. A full sample interaction can be seen here.
Comment count and like count interactions remain unaffected.
Given that the restricted features now available, core parts of the DataSift Managed Source API are no longer relevant e.g. features for submitting GEO and User searches. To help support customers in updating their applications, there are no short term plans to change this functionality. These features will of course be deprecated at some point in the future.
Managed Source Architecture Migration
Current customers who are using the old Managed Source architecture, your accounts are currently being migrated to the new architecture. This introduces a slight change in the response format as documented here. Primarily, individual
like interactions are removed and replaced by aggregated
Comment Count and
Like Count interactions. The migration is seamless and requires no action. It is expected to be complete by 8AM PST April 6, 2018.
You will be notified by email if you are currently using the old managed source architecture.