Today is a great day for all Instragrammers (photo bloggers or whatever Instagram users call themselves), as you can now access Instagram from your computer. More specifically, you can now browse your Instagram feed on the web, whether that be via a desktop, laptop, tablet, PC, Mac – the lot!
Instagram is a free photo sharing application that allows users to take photos, apply a filter, map the location where the photo was taken (powered by Foursquare) and then share the picture on Instagram, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Foursquare and/or email if you should choose to.
The Instagram App launched in October of 2010 without a web browser version of the app. Instagram explain that this was a deliberate decision as “Instagram, at its core, is about seeing and taking photos on-the-go” and they believe that this is best achieve via a mobile-only experience.
However, as the community grew, Instagram realised a need to adapt to make Instagram more accessible by providing access to your Instagram feed on the web. Web functions are much like the experience from your mobile phone, enabling real-time browsing and providing the ability to Like and engage in a conversation around the photos of the people you follow.
This announcement won’t be good news for all. Those photographers that prefer their SLR or point and shoot camera over the use of their phone’s camera (me included) will remain disappointed that there is still no ability to upload from the web to Instagram. Even worse news is that it looks like there aren’t any plans to make this happen either as Intagram’s focus is on real-time, real world photos on the go – something they believe can only be achieved via a mobile device.
Nevertheless, this is a welcomed addition to the previously mobile-only app as the platform’s usage continues to climb. At the time of writing, those stats were:
- 90 million Monthly Active Users
- 40 million Photos Per Day
- 8500 Likes Per Second
- 1000 Comments Per Second
I have been on Instagram for a while, but have only recently become more inquisitive as to how Instagram can be of use to businesses. This is an area I am continuing to investigate.
So for now, go to Instagram.com, log in to your account and give Instagram a try on your computer. Whilst you are there, make sure you follow @Impactiv8. If you are business user of Instagram, I would love to hear how you are using Instagram in your business in the comments below.