Instagram announced on its blog its plan to go ahead with web profiles, which will allow you to share your profiles over the web. To see your profile, or to explore a friend’s profile, simply navigate to instagram.com/[username].
On each Instagram profile (seen below), you will find the top portion covered with the users recent images having a big image in the centre, surrounded by four images on the right and two on the left. Along the bottom edge of this header you have your profile image, with a Follow button below it. On the right hand side you get the stats for the user such as Photos, Following and Followers. Below the header you have images from your Instagram feed arranged in a five column grid.
The header images keep transitioning like live Windows Phone tiles and on first glance they look very similar to the Facebook or Google Plus photo streams. When you hover your mouse over the individual images below the header, you can see date when the image was taken alongwith the likes and comments (below). On clicking on the image, it pops out with the web-based viewer.
The web profiles page does not have the option to search images either by name or tags, which we found a bit strange. Option to upload images from your computer or the web was, as expected, not present. Also missing is the Photo Maps option which is present in the app. All of these handicaps clearly ensure that Instagram is heavily focussed on mobile.
Just last week we came across news of Twitter planning to introduce filters in its mobile applications. A move that is clearly meant to prevent users from sharing their Instagram photos on Twitter, by offering the filters on the Twitter app itself. Today we hear about Instagram’s web profile. The timing is quite interesting.
The web profiles roll out is expected to be completed over a week's time, so it is alright if your web profile is not visible at the moment. You will need to check back after a week.
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Source: The Verge