Instagram has launched feeds on the web. Profile pages, which were rolled out in November, allowed users to browse their own Instagram histories on the web, but now users are able to view their feed just as they would through the mobile application. In a post on the company’s blog, co-founder Kevin Systrom explains how the web feeds emulate the mobile experience:
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. Browse through pages of the most recent images to keep up on what’s happening with the people you follow in realtime. And shrink your browser down to a single column for your feed to look more like your mobile feed. Simply put, we’ve brought a simple, powerful, and beautiful Instagram browsing experience to the web.
The design for Instagram’s web feeds is responsive, changing with the size of your browser window. If you view your web feed on an iPad in portrait orientation for instance, photos will take up most of the screen, while a small sidebar can be found on the left with user information. If, however, you view your feed in landscape, photos will be centered.
The introduction of web feeds means that iPad users no long have to use third-party apps to view their Instagram feed, and you needs to pull out their phone if you’re already on your desktop. Instagram doesn’t allow photo uploads from desktops, insisting that Instagram is meant to be used on the go and in realtime, but bringing feeds to the web makes it easier than ever to enjoy snapshots of food, pets, and sunsets wherever you are.