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Instagram jumps from mobile to web, launches online profile views

News by Andrew Kameka on Monday November 05, 2012.

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Instagram started out as an iPhone-only app for sharing photos with filters and effects to other iPhones, then exploded in popularity once the service expanded to Android and was acquired by Facebook. Instagram today took its next logical step and introduced online profiles.

Desktop support slowly trickled out of Instagram when the photo-sharing site began displaying photos online if a user had a direct link. It added the ability to post comments, love an image, or follow a user, but the lack of a dedicated site meant that these features when only available when someone cross-posted their Instagram photos to Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, or email. Members will now be able to share their photos online by linking to their profiles that are based on user names. For instance, the "andrewkameka" profile will be available by navigating to instagram.com/andrewkameka. The profile view is rolling out slowly over the next few days, so the changes have not yet affected all accounts.

Instagram on the web, which has some unsurprising similarities to Facebook's online design, showcases photo walls and highlights some of the latest images capture by members. It does not support uploading photos directly from the computer, and the web version respects the same permissions for Private and Public profiles set in the Android and iOS apps. Visit instagram.com/nike to see an example of it in action.

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