What is Picodash?

Picodash is an advanced Instagram search engine and social media management tool to help Brands, Publishers and Journalists search and curate Instagram content by location, hashtags and places.

Who uses Picodash?

Journalists use picodash to search Instagram photos/videos of breaking news around the world to embed in news articles.
Investigators use picodash to search for content at any location of interest at any date/time.
Brands use picodash to engage with their customers to comment, like, follow people and to check hashtags.
Businesses use picodash to check on Instagram photos/videos posted at their location and competitors locations to engage with potential customers.

Do I need a credit card to get started?

Yes, you have to enter your credit card details to signup and access the service. You will not be charged for 3 days during the trial period, you can cancel within the 3 days and no charges will be made.

If you use the service after trial period, you will be charged $8, if you cancel after the trial period, the next monthly fee going forward will not be charged and the service will continue to work until the end of current subscription period.

Is the payment secure?

Yes, the website uses SSL and we use Stripe for payment service, who handle all credit card transactions, no credit card information and personal information is stored on our servers, Stripe specializes in payment transactions and they make sure your personal information is secure.

Why Paid Subscription?

As of June 1st 2016, new Instagram API Platform changes apply to 3rd-party Instagram apps, Instagram does not allow permission for 3rd-party apps to display public Instagram content to just anyone accessing the app, apps/services have to focus on use cases the help to brands and publishers. So, to comply with Instagram terms we have to focus on providing service to businesses, brands and publishers with paid subscription. General public wanting to access Instagram should use instagram.com or Instagram app.

How do I cancel my subscription?

Click your username next the Picodash logo, select "Settings", click "Modify" button next to your account status, select "Cancel Subscription" and confirm.

This will cancel any future charges and your account will still work until the end of the current period.

How do I change the Instagram account linked to a paid subscription?

Currently there is no direct way to change the Instagram account linked to the paid subscription, you can subscribe again with the new Instagram account and cancel subscription for the old Instagram account, and then request a refund for the canceled account by emailing info@picodash.com

Can I login with multiple Instagram accounts?

Yes, once you have subscribed for an Instagram account, you can further add 9 more Instagram accounts to it and easily switch between accounts.

When logging on a different computer make sure you login with your primary Instagram account that was used to pay and subscribe, and then add other Instagram accounts. Every time you logout or login on new computer, you have add accounts again.

Can I search an #hashtag posted at a specific location?

No, Instagram currently does not allow searching hashtags only from a specific location.

You can only search for an hashtag and picodash will display posts starting with the most recent post, you can check the locations from where the posts are coming by clicking on the "MAP" filter button and it will visualize the posts on a map only for the posts loaded on the screen (not all available hashtag posts).

If the hashtag searched has a few hundred to thousand posts then you can scroll and load all posts and then visualize on MAP and can see exactly where the hashtag posts are coming from. If its a popular hashtag with hundreds of thousand or more posts, then it is not really possible to load all posts on screen and visualize, in this case you can only may be load couple thousand recent posts and visualize on map, and there may not be any from the location you are looking for considering that it has loaded recent posts from all over the world.

Can I search an #hashtag for specific date/time range?

No, Instagram currently does not allow searching by date/time for hashtag posts.

You can only search for an hashtag and picodash will display posts starting with the most recent post. Search for specific date/time is possible when search for a user or location page or location search, but not possible for hashtag search.

Can I search posts with two or more hashtags?

No, Instagram currently does not allow searching multiple hashtags.

You can only search for a single hashtag and picodash will display posts starting with the most recent post, however you can filter the loaded posts with a second hashtag by selecting one from the "Search by Keyword #" filter, this will filter the second hashtag from the loaded posts (not all available posts with these 2 hashtags).

For example you can search for #hiking and load a few thousand posts on screen, you can then use the "Filter by Keyword #" dropdown to filter by a second hashtag say #mountain. This will show the most recent posts that have both #hiking and #mountain. But this is not all posts available for the 2 hashtags, its only for the most recent thousand posts you had loaded on screen, depending on the 2 hashtags you search there may or may not be any results for the first few thousand you have loaded.

What are the differences between Picodash and Gramfeed?

Picodash was based on new Instagram APIs and does not support viewing Feeds, Popular and other's following list. You can only access these features using the Instagram App or instagram.com

Picodash has much more advanced search and filtering capability like filter by language, places, tagged users and multiple hashtags search.

The complete comparison of features can be accessed here:
Picodash vs Gramfeed

Why did Gramfeed name change to Picodash?

To conform with the new Instagram API Platform changes, Instagram based apps cannot have the word "insta" or "gram" in the name.