Since its launch in October 2010, Instagram’s been a mobile-only company. Now though, the photo-filter and sharing app just took a step toward the desktop by allowing you to view your feed on the web.
In a blog post marking the announcement, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said that making people’s feeds available on the web is meant to make the service “more accessible” to its growing community.
He stressed however that Instagram would always be mobile first. “Our focus on building out a mobile-only experience is a unique path that we’ve chosen for many reasons, the most important of which is that Instagram, at its core, is about seeing and taking photos on-the-go,” he said.
Your Instagram web feed functions pretty much the same way as your mobile feed does. You can browse through the most recent photos of people whom you follow with updates as people post new photos. You can also like photos by double clicking on them or pressing the like button.
There’s in-line commenting too and if all that space on your desktop is just a little too much for you to handle, you can shrink your browser down to a single column for your feed to look more like your mobile feed.
Systrom panned any speculation that Instagram might begin rolling out the ability to upload photos on the web. “We do not offer the ability to upload from the web as Instagram is about producing photos on the go, in the real world, in real-time,” he said.