Instagram, the wildly popular photo editing and sharing service for smartphones has announced that it will be creating web based profiles for every single one of its users. Time says the layout of the new web profiles is similar to Facebook’s Timeline feature, which CNN notes, shouldn’t be all that surprising since Facebook bought Instagram earlier this year.
Instagram was one of those Internet sensations, exploding onto the scene virtually overnight. It’s popularity was driven, Time says, by interest from many celebrities who combined their Facebook, and especially Twitter accounts to show pictures of themselves and their famous lifestyles, albeit slightly altered to create more interesting pictures, by Instagrams. The magic was in the ease with which users could add some dash to their pictures. Instead of having to use difficult to learn and use programs, such as Photoshop, users could simply indicate which photo they wanted to add some dazzle to, choose from several editing options, save and then send.
Up till now, users profiles were limited to users of smartphones, which meant the photos that users uploaded from their phones and had edited were available for viewing from those with smartphones, or photos that were sent to other sites, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc. With this new announcement, Instagram is saying that it will automatically create web based profiles using data from existing non-web based data to create profiles for all of its users, making photos that have been uploaded and/or edited available for viewing from any computer. Of course, the company adds, that the privacy settings users have set for the smartphone profile will take effect in the new profile, thus, photos that have been deemed private will only be seen on the web by other Instagram users that have been selected as part of the viewing audience.
Instagram says the move is meant to expand the potential audience for its user community; allowing more people to view photo’s in a simple and easy format, such as on the web. The move by the company is a reverse trend, CNN notes, as most such transitions move from only web based, to including smartphone apps. Another plus of the web based profile will be the ability to see photos in a larger format. Because smartphone screens are so small, photos from the service were tiny, users that wish to show others larger versions will now be able to do so via the web, offering a far better view than Instagram users have been accustomed to seeing.