Instagram has finally awakened to the much awaited web profile feature desired by customers. The company has built a simplified web interface for the user profile that it is now available online.
Users can share their profile and pictures with anyone, whether they are Instagram users or not. The web profile feature will be rolled out gradually, so by the end of the week, all of Instagram's 100 million users will be able to check out their web profiles.
The web profile serves as a single destination to point people to in order to see all their pictures, leave comments, manage favorite lists and like photos. It is another intelligent move by the company since it was acquired by Facebook and launched its app for Android users earlier this year.
By opening it up to the web, Instagram is focusing on allowing other users to browse pictures and hence it's expanding its viral reach. Unlike other third-party apps, the company lets users to browse pictures without creating a login. In light of this, Instagram has kept the web version very simple and functional.
On first look, the web profiles look amazingly simple to browse and also very functional. It is a breeze to browse hundreds of pictures within a very short time, which was difficult on the mobile platform.
However, there might be concerns around user privacy, as public pictures are available to anyone, although private images will only be visible to those Instagram users that have access to them.
Instagram also indicated that there will be more stuff coming to the web profiles in the future. However, the company says that it plans to focus on mobile, and web-based uploading will not be available for the web profiles.
Did you get your web profile? If yes, then tell us what you like and dislike about this new feature. What do you think is next on Instagram's list? Stock photography? Let's wait and watch, till then keep clicking and sharing!