Did you know that Facebook and Instagram have a "secret" feature that converts your photos to ASCII? Make a small change to the URLs of your photos, you can see them in color or in black and white ASCII characters
The information came online from developer Mathias Bynens on twitter and has piqued the interest of users.
According to him, the trick is extremely simple and applies to both sites. All you have to do is add the .txt or .html to the end of the photo url to see it in ASCII form. With txt it will be black and white and with html it will be colored.
For example, if this is your usual URL from Facebook or Instagram διεύ
…. then just add the .txt at the end to see it in black and white ASCII version:
.. Add .html to see in color ASCII:
The procedure is the same for the photos on Facebook, although in our tests we found it difficult to find in it a photo whose url does not end in? Oh = something. The trick does not work in these urls.
Of course in both sites although the conversion is a simple process, finding the original URL of the image is quite painful. For Instagram, you can view the source code in your browser and search for it there. And on Facebook, right-clicking images will unfortunately not get the right format of URLs.
But if you are able to find the right way to give the real URL, then you can play with this fun feature.