Posted 11/10/12 by LTCL in Lifestyle

What You Need to Know About the New Instagram Web Profiles

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Instagram extends their photo sharing to all interwebs!

The incredibly popular Instagram is reaching over 100 million users just released their biggest move since it was bought by Facebook for billion dollars.

The photo sharing network expands their cult like following even further by releasing all profiles to the web. Instagram explained in a blog post released earlier this week that the application will no longer be restrict to mobile devices.

Instagram first explained this big move by releasing screen shots of white labeled profiles that were granted first access to the new web presence. Company’s like Nike display their Instagram profile you might confuse for with a Facebook page–you’re not alone. The resemblance is clear. With the position of the profile picture on the top left and the large cover photo resting behind, it is very similar to the parent company Facebook’s layout. Below is a screen shot of Nike’s profile.

Though there are many similarities to the Facebook layout, there are some clear differences. If you take a closer look you can notice that rather than having one large cover photo, Instagram creates a collage from the pictures you’ve recently taken. One of the pictures is even in a constant rotation with others.

Also, under the profile picture lay rows of pictures which make it very simple to browse and scroll through and see the picture history much like you would on Pinterest board.

As you browse pictures, you can hover the mouse to Like or Comment. You can also click on the picture and see it in a larger view.

The most notable difference that Instagram brings from its mobile app is its unmatched design and feel that makes Instagram, Instagram. The AX is so advanced and beautiful; you can see how detail oriented they are with their designs. The user experience easily rivals Pinterest and Tumblr. The fact that it’s original pictures make this even more interesting.

Before you rush into your Instagram picture frenzy, note that the all Instagram pictures are automatically set to public unless you change your settings otherwise. Anyone can see public profile pictures, even if they don’t have an Instagram account.

Below are some of the commonly asked questions answered by Instagram.



Questions Answered by Instagram Public Release of Web Profiles

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 instagram.com/[username]. For example, in order to view Nike’s profile, @nike, you’d navigate to instagram.com/nike 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 instagram.com/[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.


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