The social network startup is officially taking its first steps into the non-mobile web. The photo-sharing service that was acquired by social media giant Facebook in April for $1 billion announced Monday that it is creating a way for users to show off their Instagram photos on a Web page.
“You’ve asked for Instagram on the Web and we’ve listened,” the company’s statement reads. “Over the next few days, we’ll be rolling out Instagram profiles on the Web!”
“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,” the statement adds.
The company explains: “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.”
The most speculated feature about the suggested profiles, which are being gradually rolled out to users, is its resemblance to Facebook Timeline.
An animated, rotating mosaic of Instagram photos requires almost the same amount of space as Facebook Timeline’s Cover photo; a small profile image, short bio and follower stats are situated just beneath, Mashable reports.
“Photo thumbnails are organized in reverse-chronological order further down the page; click on one, and it’ll appear at full size alongside likes and comments,” the tech blog adds.
The new web profiles include both users’ default pictures and their bio descriptions. The servise also suggests users a “Follow” button along with information on how many pictures an ‘Instagrammer’ has taken, how many people that user follows and how many followers that user has.
Above the profile picture seven pictures can be placed. One of the images is larger than the rest, and every few seconds, one of the images will rotate and switch out with a different picture.
“Below the profile picture are rows of containing users’ images. If you scroll down, more pictures come up. And just as users could before Monday’s announcement, when you open an image, you can “Like” the photo or comment on it,” describes the service The Los Angeles Times.
If a user’s profile isn’t already live, he will be directed to a page that claims “This profile will be available soon” along with more information about Web profiles.
It’s necessary to add that unless you have set your pictures to private, all your images will be public on the Web.
“You do not have to be an Instagram user to view a public user’s profile on the web,” Instagram said in its blog post.
Now it became easier to edit a profile data such as name, bio, URL and email and phone number. The only thing that can’t be changed is a user’s photo.
As for uploading photos to the social networking sites from the Web, Instagram said users will still be unable to do that.