This week, Instagram is sending a hip, snapshot-taking generation into an Internet frenzy by announcing its plan to add web-based profiles for users. "You’ve asked for Instagram on the web and we’ve listened. Over the next few days, we’ll be rolling out Instagram profiles on the web," the company announced Monday on its blog.
Instagram web profiles, which have already started appearing online, will feature almost all beauty of Instagram with the click of a mouse — except for photo uploading and fun filter picking... you'll still need your smartphone for that.
Featuring a design clearly gleaned from the Facebook Timeline layout, the profile page includes a small profile image, a cover photo collage of intermittently rotating photos you've posted to the app, and a simple display of your Instagram archive. Aside from viewing a pretty display of your filtered photos, you can follow users, comment and like photos from the Instagram web portal, too.
The profile "[gives] others a snapshot of the photos you share on Instagram," touts the blog. So now your mom, your beau — or anyone else who has not subscribed to the iPhone era — can check out your latest pics without accessing the app.
Important to note: If your photos are set to public, anyone will be able to see your photos by visiting your profile on the web. If your photos are set to private, however, they can only be viewed by logged-in users. (This might be a good time to update your privacy settings.)
To find your Instagram web profile, just go the instagram.com/[username] (no "@" required). Profiles are rolling out all week, so have no fear: your filtered, cropped, phone snapshots will soon have a place on the web.