Instagram Id To URL Segment

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Instagram has 2 types of IDs that they use for their posts. One is used in the URLs (it looks like al__sfyani) and the other is used internally in their undocumented API (it looks like 1038059720608660215).

I didn't think that they would maintain 2 unrelated IDs for each post, just for the purpose of a shorter URL, so I investigated whether or not they were related. It turns out you can convert between them pretty easily (especially in languages where we don't represent integers as floats - like Python).;

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