Instagram app has been exponentially growing as one of the biggest photo sharing networks out there, recently acquired by the giant Facebook and with more than 100 million registered users*, the platform is now a must have on almost every smart phone or tablet carrying an integrated camera, empowered with a very strong social component for private users, Instagram is also becoming an important communication channel for small and large businesses.
Until now very few features were available on the web version of Instagram comparing to the mobile experience provided by the platform’s app, for most users this has been a considerable downsite due to the lack of visualization and browsing options, so after an enormous demand for Instagram to be available on the web, the company responds with a box full of new threats by rolling out the Instagram profiles on the web.
Even though it will only become available for regular users on the next few days, there are already some profiles available and ready to be explored.
In terms of layout it very much resembles the Facebook profile page configuration and the first impression is good! It allows a short bio to be displayed together with the user’s name and on top it contains a framed rectangle with the latest snapshots, these are being automatically sorted and swapped on a typical slide-show style.
Instagram photo web viewer
The most important aspects to be acknowledged are that users will now be able to follow, comment & like photos and edit their profile easily directly from the web. They will also be able to explore a friend’s or company profile by simply navigating to instagram.com/[username]. For example, in order to view Nike’s profile, @nike, you’d navigate to instagram.com/nike on the web.
All in all, well done Instagram.
*Stated by Mark Zuckerberg in Mashable.com