Instagram begins rollout of new web-based interface – looks much like Facebook

// November 6th, 2012 // Internet


Instagram's new web-based interface

Fast growing Instagram is slowly rolling out a new web-based interface to its iOS and Android users this week. The new html5/jquery based web interface puts it much more in line with Facebook and can now truly be considered a direct competitor, an odd situation given that Facebook purchased Instagram in September 2012 for $715 million. The new Instagram interface provides a animated, rotating mosaic of Instagram photos, a small profile image, short user bio, and follower stats. Hovering over photo thumbnails overlays the picture with date and stats information for the photo. Photo thumbnails, when clicked, expand to full-size pictures along with likes and comments and an text area where users can add new comments. Right now photo uploading is not available but we have to assume that it will be coming soon.

Click Instagram photo thumbnail and details on the photo are displayedThe URL for the new profile feature will be Login at If you’re profile is not available, you’ll be presented with a FAQ regarding the new service (repeated in full below).

What are Instagram web profiles?

Instagram web profiles are a beautiful new way to view and share Instagram on the web! Your web profile features your photos along with your profile photo and bio, giving others a look at the content you share on Instagram.

What can I do with Instagram web profiles?

You can share your own profile with anyone you want to see your Instagram photos. In addition, web profiles provide an easy way to follow other users, comment & like photos, and even edit your profile directly from the web.

Why is Instagram launching web profiles?

We’re launching web profiles to give you a simple way to share your photos with more people and to make it easier to discover new users on the web.

How do I see my web profile?

To see your profile, or to explore a friend’s profile, simply navigate to[username]. For example, in order to view Nike’s profile, @nike, you’d navigate to on the web.

Why can’t I see my web profile yet?

Web profiles will launch to all Instagram users in the next week or so. If you can’t see your profile yet, rest assured that you’ll see it in the next few days.

Who can see my web profile?

If your photos are set to public, anyone will be able to see your profile by visiting[your username] on the web. You do not have to be an Instagram user to view a public user’s profile on the web.

If your photos are set to private, your photos will be visible only to logged-in Instagram users you’ve allowed to follow you.

What photos are included in my web profile?

All photos you’ve shared to Instagram are included in your web profile.

My photos are set to “Private” – do I still have a web profile?

Yes, but not everyone will be able to see your photos. Your photos will be visible only to logged-in Instagram users you’ve allowed to follow you.

Can I upload photos from the web?

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.”

Sources: Instagram
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