If you are an avid Instagrammer, you sure might be aware of the fact that until recently, to view photos you had posted using the service you had no other option but to use the official Instagram app on your phone. The Instagram website just allowed you to login and didn’t boast of any major funtionality. That changed back in December when the now Facebook owned company started something known as “Web Profiles”. This feature let users see profiles using the Instagram website and showcased some of your more popular photos. That was just about it.
Starting today however, that has changed too. The Instagram website will now let you and your friends see all photos posted using Instagram – without the need for using the application. Basically what Instagram did was to announce a Web version of the service. That said, I should remind you that you STILL cannot upload a photo using the Instagram website. You can however “like” and add comments to images right from your PC or tablet.
Instagram CEO, Kevin Systrom in a blog post announcing the new developments said; “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.” He goes on, “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.”
Anyway, many users might be happy over the fact that they do not always have to rely on their phones to be able to see their and their friends Instagram photos. Some others however might not be too happy with these changes and have already termed this as the Facebook-ization of the service which was famously acquired by the social media giant for $1 billion back in April 2012.
Head to Instagram.com to see whats new there!