Instagram begins rolling out web profiles for users

Instagram for BlackBerry 10 app is only logical

CrackBerry Kevin on Instagram
By Kevin Michaluk on 6 Nov 2012 01:21 pm EST
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Instagram, the extremely popular mobile photosharing service that to date has only been available to iOS and Android devices, has begun rolling out web profiles for its users. Previously, you could view only individual photos via the web, but now you can view entire web profiles via your desktop or mobile browser.

Your web profile features a selection of your recently shared photographs just above your profile photo and bio, giving others a snapshot of the photos you share on Instagram. In addition, you can follow users, comment & like photos and edit your profile easily and directly from the web. It's a beautiful new way to share your Instagram photos! 

As you can see in the snapshot above, my account has already been migrated and is available for web viewing at instagram.com/crackberrykevin. Instagram also said they are focused on photos produced with mobile devices, so there is no uploading feature available from the web. It's really about making shared Instagram photos more accessible.

With Facebook now owning Instagram, this is a big step to further opening up Instagram to more people. And even ignoring my strong statement that we will see Instagram come to BlackBerry 10, it logically makes sense that over time we'll see Instagram support more mobile device platforms, including BlackBerry 10 and I'd assume even Windows Phone 8. Facebook needs to get their share price up - that means doing everything to grow. Excluding users from using their services doesn't exactly align with the goal of maximizing shareholder value. Suffice to say, if Instagram doesn't come to BB you will see me voicing my opinions at a Facebook Shareholder's meeting. :)

As for that car I'll be buying a lucky CrackBerry reader if Instagram for whatever reason doesn't make its way onto BlackBerry 10, I think with my long hair and Movember moustache, on twitter the prevailing thought seems to be a CrackBerry'd up 80's Trans-Am may be fitting. 

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Instagram begins rolling out web profiles for users

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I'd like a Crackberry'd up 80's Trans-Am! but oddly enough I would much rather see instagram on BB10 :)

With so many photo sharing options my question is what is so great about instagram? Or in our case instigram.

Eh. I prefer Pinterest! Instagram's silly filters only make pics worse by giving untalented ppl the ability to pose as if they're artistic. I rather just take an awesome pic and let it stand on its own.

Eh. I prefer Pinterest! Instagram's silly filters only make pics worse by giving untalented ppl the ability to pose as if they're artistic. I rather just take an awesome pic and let it stand on its own.

Instagram is the most over-rated app out there. It makes photos look dumb and phony. There's more ways to share photos. Pinterest for one is better in my opinion.

I'm sorry to hear that you're a facebook shareholder :P

I agree your assumptions of instagram.though

Once everyone sees the built in photo and video editing in BlackBerry10, no one will care about instagram. Btw I heard from a reliable source that it won't be available at launch. Sorry I can't say who. ;)

It doesn't necessarily have to be available the day BB10 launches, but has to be there soon.. and ideally would be good if they can at least announce it's coming soon when BB10 gets unveiled.

Well regardless of what YOU think are good and bad apps, I'd like to see Instagram, Pineterest, Tumblr, and every other overrated app available on BB10. That'd put a stop to all this "bb has no app's" malarkey!

I would love to see an App developer making something like instagram/ pinterest only for blackberry... That will be fun.... I would love to see the android and iphone users envy me for change... they used to do it when we had BBM.. now thanks to whats app and other chat messengers we lost our edge.. Rather than trying to bring something thats already successful in both these platforms we should think about doing something solely for BB10 and BB platform..

I think i will go for what Kevin says... his reviews/blogs have been pretty much spot on and i also think if users dont like Instagram, just dont download it. Us ppl who do like it can still be excited about its arival.

Kevin wrote:

"Excluding users from using their services doesn't exactly align with the goal of maximizing shareholder value"

Doesn't this apply to all the other apps not available on BB?

I have been playing with an iPhone for the last few weeks and have to admit that I really enjoy Instagram and would be so disappointed if it wasnt available on BB10. Doesn't mean I won't get a BB10 phone the day it comes out though. Just secretly, I uploaded pics that I had edited with PhotoStudio which is far more superior than the Instagram filters as well as the 6 other photo apps I've downloaded to try to replace it.

It's been 2.5 years since Instagram started in October 2010 and since that time countless BB users (myself included) have migrated to Apple or Android specifically because they wanted to take photos and post Instagram updates on Facebook.

There are three fundamental requirements to maintaining a decent Facebook profile:

1. Instagram
2. Twitter
3. YouTube

Still, the physical keyboard on the BB is usability design par excellence, and a drive to become less laconic is an incentive to return to BB this Spring. It remains to be seen if one of the new models can be a compelling enough reason for me to return to the fold.