Instagram, the extremely popular photo sharing service for iPhones and other mobile devices, has started rolling out web profiles to its users. Previously, the only thing that could be viewed on the web was individual photos, but now entire profiles can be viewed from your favorite desktop (or mobile) browser. The profiles follow the same look and feel of the profile pages on the iPhone app, just on a larger scale.
Your web profile features a selection of your recently shared photographs just above your profile photo and bio, giving others a snapshot of the photos you share on Instagram. In addition, you can follow users, comment & like photos and edit your profile easily and directly from the web. It’s a beautiful new way to share your Instagram photos!
To see a user's profile, simply navigate to instagram.com/username. For example, you can see @adidas26usa's profile at http://www.instagram.com/adidas26usa. If your photos are set to private, then only users who are logged in and been approved by you to see your photos will be able to view them. If your photos are set to public, then anyone will be able to view your profile and photos, even if they are not Instagram account holders.
It's interesting to see this mobile service slowly become more friendly to non-mobile visitors, but Instagram has assured that their focus is still on the mobile community.
Instagram is focused on the production of photos from mobile devices so users are not currently able to upload from the web. We’re excited about how Web Profiles will make it easier to browse and share content on the web for all our users.
Instagram just started the rollout, today, and will have all profiles available by the end of the week. You will receive a notification in the Instagram iPhone app when yours becomes available.
What do you think of the new Instagram user profiles? I, for one, am a huge fan. Having the option to browse through someone's Instagram photos from my desktop is great.