Instagram is strictly a mobile being...at least, until the end of this week.
Instagram has started rolling out new profile pages
, and by week's end, most users will have these spiffy new displays.
The examples we've seen are really, really cool. Indeed, other bloggers are right to point out the fact that new Instagram profile pages look a lot like the Facebook Timeline format (and this comes as no surprise, given its owner). In fact, the profile picture is positioned much in the same way as on Timeline, but the "cover photo" portion is actually tiled, with photos that rotate in and out. Scroll further down for a lovely "listing" of square photos from your archive.
Although it makes perfect sense for Instagram to always "live" on the mobile device, we think it's smart for the company to provide these "home bases" for users within the web browser. It's now much easier for people to share their Instagram profiles with others, either for personal or business reasons.
Here's another humble suggestion: It would be really cool to give a similar treatment to hashtags, so that current and potential users could browse through photos by hashtag on the web as well. Imagine Latin American restaurant Comodo's Instagram Menu
(#comodomenu) with an online treatment like this.
Do you have the new Instgram web profile yet? What do you think?