From today onward Instagram account holders will be able to log into their accounts and access their photo feed on any web browser through Instagram.com. The announcement was made by Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom through a blog post.
The web experience has been designed to keep things similar to the mobile app experience. “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,” Systrom says.
Its has been two years since Instagram mobile app was launched, however, till today it had remained a mobile only experience. Last year Instagram took its first step towards a PC browser based experience when it allowed its users to check their profiles on Instagram.com. However, even with the latest update to its website Instagram still remains primarily a mobile app since photos can only be uploaded via a smartphone or tablet using the app. Systrom explains why.
“We believe that you should be able to access Instagram on a variety of different devices, any of which may be convenient to you at a given moment – including your desktop computer or tablet. We do not offer the ability to upload from the web as Instagram is about producing photos on the go, in the real world, in realtime. On the other hand, Instagram for the web is focused on making the browsing experience a fast, simple and enjoyable one.”
Maybe we’ll have to wait another two years for us to finally be able to upload photos to Instagram from any device.