Instagram, the mobile photo sharing network that was recently bought by facebook for a large sum, has now announced a web-based interface.
In the past, to view someone’s instagram profile, you needed a mobile device with the Instagram app installed. There were many online profile alternatives that were based off of Instagram’s API, but none of them were worth writing home about.
With this update, you’ll be able to find a facebook-like profile of someone’s instagram account by simply visiting instagram.com/username.
Even more importantly, Web Profiles also brings instagram to the web. It will now be possible to like and comment on photos as well as follow other users with the new web interface, and will eliminate the mobile-exclusivity aspect.
Just like the web profile, this has been done in the past with the Instagram API – in fact, quite well in one case. However, the Instagram-made site is bound to be impressive and a nice addition to the Instagram portfolio.
One thing worth mentioning is that the updated site will still not support photo uploads from a computer as “Instagram is focused on the production of photos from mobile devices” (Press Release). I don’t believe that the functionality will ever exist for this reason, however there are ways to upload a photo not taken with a mobile device to Instagram (such as dropbox).
All of these features will be rolled out to different accounts over the course of the next week.
My account has not gotten the update yet, but feel free to check by going to http://instagram.com/maxswisher.
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