Instagram now has web profiles: they’re simplified versions of what you have on your mobile phone but they’re there. And the consensus seems to be “about bloody time”.
At present the profiles are only available to a select whitelist, but they’re expected to roll out to the photo-sharing service’s 100-million plus members by the end of the week.
The reason your Instagram web profile will be so stripped down is fairly simple: the company still considers itself a mobile-first player. As is the case with mobile, you can like and comment on people’s photos, browse your own and other users’ photos and change your profile details. And that seems to be about it.
The images making up your Facebook Timeline-esque header are random, while the ones below it are chronological. No plugins, no ads.
One thing that’s clear however is that the move is a welcome one. We explored why some of tech’s leading voices think web profiles for Instagram are a good idea.
Weber is concerned with the similarities between the new web profiles and Facebook profiles, saying that “mirroring Facebook on Instagram doesn’t feel quite right”. For the most part however, he agrees with the consensus. “Instagram’s full profiles are sure to help bring the service further into the forefront,” he says.
He’s also really likes the over all feel of the design:
Instagram’s new profiles feel very well designed, with a strong attention to detail. Even hovering over Instagram’s thumbnail grid yields a pleasing, subtle animation. Nearly everything was considered.
Siegler’s thoughts on the web profiles are concise, to say the least. They are however among the more profound we’ve seen so far:
It strikes me that a quick, dynamic overview of your life in pictures is maybe even more compelling than the overall Facebook Timeline because it’s so simple. Everyone understands pictures.
Author | Stuart Thomas
Stuart is the editor-in-chief of Engage Me Online. After pursuing an MA in South African literature, he spent five years reporting on the global technology scene. Intrigued by the intersection of technology and work, he joined Engage Me as the editor-in-chief. He is a passionate runner, and recently ran... More