Sitting Pretty: Instagram Brings User Profiles to the Desktop

By Devon Glenn 

Mobile photo-sharing service Instagram is finally letting community members see their profiles on the web. The company will be rolling out the changes to all users in the next few days.

With the new web profiles, people can follow other users, make comments on and “like” other people’s photos, and edit their own profiles outside of the mobile app. They will not be able to upload photos directly from the web.

The pictures will be visible, and thus searchable to others, depending on the user’s privacy settings. Sharon Hwang’s cooking diary is one of a handful of profiles that were available for viewing at the launch of the new feature.

The images at the top represent a rotating collection of recently shared photographs, with the remaining photos grouped by month beneath the profile details. Wrote our sibling blog InsideFacebook, “The design is reminiscent of Facebook Timeline with a large visual up top, a smaller profile picture in the bottom left corner and info to the right.”

Although Facebook purchased Instagram in April 2012, the photo-sharing site still functions as a separate service from the larger social network.

To see if your profile is available yet, type into the search bar.