Instagram profiles are now on the web! The picture happy app just started making the shift from mobile devices to the internet yesterday. If you’re profile isn’t up and running yet, it will be soon. Instagram says they’re rolling out profiles over the next few days — all should be up by the end of the week.
My Instagram web profile is already in business (click here to check it out). Every Instagram profile is designed the same (and you don’t have any control in changing it). There’s a header on top that showcases some of your most recent photos in a slideshow-type format, your profile picture and bio, and then all of your Instagram photos.
You can easily find your Instagram web profile by typing in http://instagram.com/[username]. For example, you can find me at http://instagram.com/allaroundtim (my username is @AllAroundTim).
The Instagram web profiles appear to be more about browsing and interaction than anything else. You can’t publish new pictures from your computer (Instagram says they’re ”focused on the production of photos from mobile devices”), but you can like and comment on your friends’ photos, and you can also follow new users and edit your bio on your Instagram web profile.
I love that Instagram is expanding to the web. I think the move is long overdue (while I also realize it takes time for an app like this to evolve and develop). While Twitter and Facebook started on the web and shifted to mobile, Instagram took the opposite route. I’m just glad they made the smart move and put the app on the web now. It’s nice to finally have a link to my Instagram account that I can share with the world.
While the Instagram web profiles are exciting, they also come with limitations. The biggest issue is that there’s no Instagram homepage — it’s just individual accounts. That means there is no “news feed” per se (a place to scroll through all of the pictures recently posted by the people you’re following), instead you have to go to your friend’s accounts one-by-one to see what’s new. There is also no search function on the Instagram website, so you can only see who and what you already know. I have a feeling a “news feed” and search function will come in time (or at least I hope so).
Keep in mind that Instagram photos lose much of their quality when they’re larger, so they don’t typically look as nice on the web as they do on a mobile device. It’s no different than when you share your Instagram photos on Twitter or Facebook though.
This is a huge move for Instagram. I’m a very visual person, so Instagram is one of my favorite forms of social media. That means I’m excited about the shift. I love the fact that I don’t have to stare at my phone all day to enjoy Instagram now. I also like that there’s a new way to share your photos, and hopefully it helps expand Instagram to a whole new audience. We’ll see what happens!
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