While actual time travel is either impossible or yet to be invented (depending on whom you ask,) it is indeed possible to take a glimpse at the past thanks to our highly connected environment. Each day, millions of photos are uploaded to social sharing services such as Instagram, and each photo captures a unique moment in time and space. And that’s the premise behind a new app called Pic A Moment.
Pic A Moment is a new app for iOS 7 devices that lets you search for a combination of time and place on Instagram, and look at the pictures that Instagram users have uploaded at that specific moment. So let’s imagine you missed the big New Year’s Eve party at Times Square–no problem! Just enter date and location into Pic A Moment, and see what other Instagram users uploaded at these specific space-time coordinates!
But it’s not only for fun and entertainment that the app can be used. Remember how during the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, it were pictures taken by bystanders that lead to clues about those responsible? In theory, it should be possible to use Pic A Moment to search for pictures taken during the same time and at the same location that a crime was committed–even if only coincidentally.
Pic A Moment is not the first app of its kind, there’s already another app like it available on iTunes. However, Instalook sells for US-$ 0.99, whereas Pic A Moment is free. If you’re as hooked by the idea as we are, then head over to iTunes and give it a try!