By KJ Mason.
Instagram announced recently in a blog post that Instagram.com would no longer be a placeholder front page. This is the first time a real-time feed of the mostly mobile service has been made available on a browser. There are, of course, still a number of differences between Instagram.com and the mobile app. Most importantly, you still can’t upload pictures or add filters at Instagram.com. The website is for passive viewing, Liking and commenting.
“Simply put,” writes Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, “we’ve brought a simple, powerful, and beautiful Instagram browsing experience to the web.” Here’s how it works:
Your Instagram Feed on the web functions much like it does on your mobile phone. 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 real time. And shrink your browser down to a single column for your feed to look more like your mobile feed.
There are some perks to viewing Instagram via web browser. One feature is that you will be instantly see new pictures and likes added to your stream, as opposed to always hitting the refresh button on the mobile app. Another perk is that Instagram web will tell you how many posts from people you follow have been added since last you looked.