Instagram, a mobile-focused free photo sharing service, has announced user profiles for the Web, to be rolled out across the globe over the next few days.
Instagram explains that the rollout is “due to public demand” and is likely to grow the number of its registered users from the current 100 million.
The Web profiles that are adopting the Facebook timeline look are a beautiful new way to view and share Instagram on the Internet, according to Instagram. The profile features user photos along with a profile photo and bio, giving others a look at content shared on the platform.
To maintain a mobile approach, users will not able to upload from the web since Instagram’s focus is on the production of photos from mobile devices.
Photos that are set to public will be visible to anyone who visits a profile by accessing Instagram.com/[your username] on the web.
Instagram is distributed via the iTunes and Google play store for Apple ( iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) and Android camera phones running 2.2 (Froyo) or higher.
On September 6 this year, Instagram and Facebook closed a 1 billion acquisition deal that saw the photo sharing service run independently under the management of Facebook Inc. The mobile app was founded in 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger going on to close a $500,000 seed funding round from Baseline Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz in the first year.
Diverse African businesses are reportedly using Instagram as a marketing tool to showcase their products and events. Aiming at improving business involvement, Instagram recently launched the “Instagram for Business blog” as a resource for businesses to learn and master the business perspective of the platform.