Instagram Allows Users To Access Profiles Via Web

Instagram announced Tuesday that users can now access their profiles on the Web, via Instagram.com, rather than solely through their mobile devices.

Co-Founder Kevin Systrom announced the launch in a post on the Instagram blog:

Today, I’m very excited to announce the launch of a product we’ve been wanting to build for quite some time now. Since our launch in October 2010, we’ve focused on building a simple application that has inspired creativity while capturing everyday moments through the lens of your mobile phone. In fact, our focus on building out a mobile-only experience is a unique path that we’ve chosen for many reasons, the most important of which is that Instagram, at its core, is about seeing and taking photos on the go. However, to make Instagram even more accessible to our growing community, at the end of last year, we started to expand to the desktop Web, giving you the ability to see profiles from Instagram.com. To continue that path, as of today, you can now browse your Instagram feed on the Web — just like you do on your mobile device. Go to Instagram.com and log in to your account to give it a try.

Your Instagram feed on the Web functions much like it does on your mobile phone. You can browse through the latest photos of people whom you follow, with updates as people post new photos. Like photos by double-clicking on them or pressing the like button. Or, engage in a conversation around a photo with inline commenting. Browse through pages of the most recent images to keep up on what’s happening with the people you follow in real-time. And shrink your browser down to a single column for your feed to look more like your mobile feed. Simply put, we’ve brought a simple, powerful, and beautiful Instagram browsing experience to the Web.

We believe that you should be able to access Instagram on a variety of different devices, any of which may be convenient to you at a given moment — including your desktop computer or tablet. We do not offer the ability to upload from the Web, as Instagram is about producing photos on the go, in the real world, in real-time. On the other hand, Instagram for the Web is focused on making the browsing experience a fast, simple, and enjoyable one.

Instagram users: Will you take advantage of this new feature?

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