On Monday (11/5) Instagram posted the following update to its official account stating the phone-based, photo-sharing app would be making online profiles to people’s accounts:
If you have an Instagram account and your settings are NOT set to private then you’ll likely be getting one of these new online profiles in the coming days, if you haven’t already. Yesterday I received a notification alerting me that my online profile was created and up and running.
The new profiles are essentially found by typing in instagram.com/[your IG username]
This will take you to your own personalized profile which features your profile picture and a Facebook Timeline-like bar at the top that features rotating pictures from your account. Below is a summary of some of your recent updates. The layout is quite simple and actually really cute, but I have to wonder, why is this necessary?
Instagram used to be all about being an iPhone-only app that was, in part, unique because it was so exclusive. In the past year the app has definitely seen its share of buzz, as it expanded to Android platform-phones and was bought by Facebook for a cool $1 billion in the Spring. Now the picture app appears to be moving in another direction, adding these new online profiles and further distancing itself from what it was when it began. With this move of your IG account to the web, I can’t be the only one thinking it’s only a matter of time before everything that’s hosted on the phone app is moved online and basically accessible by anyone with a computer and Internet connection.
(My personal online profile. My profile picture and much of the content doesn’t appear to load, so I’m assuming Instagram is still working out all the techs as it rolls out profiles for its users)
While the changes at Instagram seem to be both puzzling and unstoppable, I’m still a frequent user of my own personal account and can’t seem to ever get off. I can only hope it doesn’t change too much to where I won’t feel the same experience I do with the app now. Why change something that seems to already be popular and accepted? Don’t fix something that’s not broken!
– Jose Vera