Facebook and Instagram convert your photo to ASCII

Γνωρίζατε ότι το Facebook και το Instagram έχουν ένα “μυστικό” χαρακτηριστικό που μετατρέπει τις φωτογραφίες σας σε ASCII; Κάνοντας μια μικρή in your photo URLs, you can see them in color or black and white ASCII characters

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The information came to the media by developer Mathias Bynens on twitter and it has piqued the interest of users.

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As he says, the trick is extremely simple and applies to both sites. Just add the .txt or .html photo to the end of the photo url to see it in ASCII form. With txt it will be black and white and the html color.

For example, if this is your usual URL from Facebook or Instagram ...

https://scontent-ams3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/11906246_1700002456899911_1391970345_n.jpg

…. then just add .txt at the end to see it in white and black ASCII version:
https://scontent-ams3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/11906246_1700002456899911_1391970345_n.jpg.txt

… Or add .html to see in ASCII colored:
https://scontent-ams3-1.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/11906246_1700002456899911_1391970345_n.jpg.html

The process is the same for Facebook photos, although in our tests we found it difficult to find a photo that its url address does not end in? Oh = something. In these url tricks do not work.

Of course on both sites although the conversion is a simple process, discovering its original URL it 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 correct format of the URLs.

But if you are able to find the right way to give the actual URL, then you can play with this fun feature.

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