Instagram is finally launching Web-based profiles, the company announced on Monday.
"You've asked for Instagram on the Web and we've listened," the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service wrote in a blog post. "Over the next few days, we'll be rolling out Instagram profiles on the Web!"
As avid Instagram users known, the only way to currently view someone's profile is through the app. You can share individual Instagram photos on Facebook or Twitter to make them viewable on the Web, but there are no Web-based profiles where all your Instagram photos are stored. But now, Instagram is growing up and expanding its presence online.
The Web profiles should make it much easier to view your friends' artsy Instagram snaps online, as well as discover new users, Instagram said. In addition, you'll now be able to follow users, comment and like photos, and edit your profile directly from the Web.
To view your profile, or explore someone else's, navigate to instagram.com/[username]. If you don't see your new Web profile right away, don't fret; Instagram is rolling them out for all users over the course of this week.
If your Instagram photos are set to public, anyone will be able to see your profile on the Web. You won't even need to be an Instagram user to view someone's public profile online. If your photos are set to private, they will only be visible to logged-in Instagram users you have approved.
It seems like Microsoft is trying to kill off its Windows Live Messenger client in favor of Skype as its main communications platform. The plan according to The Verge's report, is that the back end of Messenger will be moved over to the Skype client. So you still use your Messenger account and contacts — just in Skype. That move has been happening for a while, and apparently 80 per cent of Skype IMs are already through the Messenger protocol. Skype is a better alternative for a lot of people than WLM, and consolidating the number of clients under Microsoft’s roof is a good thing.
I think that this move would be the best for Microsoft. I remember back then when MSN Messenger was all the rage and Facebook didn't even exist back then. Now though, I rarely hear anyone use the words "MSN" or even "Messenger" anymore. Facebook has surely taken over the instant communications platform for social networking. Skype continues to be the best voice communications platform out there so it would be an excellent to incorporate the two service into one.