Instagram Now Includes Web Profiles, Still Focused on Mobile
Instagram just announced the launch of web profiles, meaning full Instagram profile pages accessible from web browsers. Each of the profile pages includes a header image, that in turn includes a user’s recent photo, a Follow button and a grid of user photos organized by date.
While this may feel like an attempt to turn Instagram into a social service, it’s in fact a logical evolution of the service/app. Considering people like to post the pics they take with Instagram on Twitter, Instagram may have though to make its content more easy to interact with and users easier to deal with. If you Hover over a photo you’ll see as a pop up how many likes or comments it has and if you click a photo the web based viewed will appear.
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said that people have been asking for such a feature for a while now and web profiles are welcome and have the purpose of offering a simple way to share photos with people and discover new users on the web. The mobile audience of Instagram is growing with a fast pace and the most important lack of the service/app is the search, news feed and the ability to upload pics. The new design is clearly modeled after Facebook, with header images and the likes.
So, what do you think of this evolution?