Instagram has come a long way since its launch as an iOS-only, photo sharing and editing app. While for many users Instagram is about sharing their experiences through photos, for others, it's about making art through their phones. It’s become so popular that a London art gallery had an exhibit called “My World Shared”, which featured the work of 30 photographers who belonged to a London group of Instagrammers. That theme meant to cover both facets of Instagram's services – sharing experiences through photos as well as making photos pretty. Now, this popular app is all set to grow with the launch of a new update. Instagram has started accepting likes and comments on its Web user interface. According to a report by The Next Web, this move, which the company calls “the new Photo Page”, is a sign that Instagram is expanding beyond the phone and onto the Web.

“However, this update still does not unify all of your Instagram photos together. There is no discovery or profile element yet. From the looks of it, Instagram is set on expanding its reach, but at a snail’s pace,” the report stated. The report revealed that the new look features larger images, taking advantage of the growing quality of today’s camera phones. As for features, Instagram allows you to comment, like and delete comments on the web user interface, as well as follow and unfollow other users.

Update arives in less than a week

Now comment or like your Instagrammed pics through Web UI

The Next Web reported that the update “all but kills many third party apps that utilize Instagram’s API for Web use. Once a gallery view surfaces, we’ll likely see them less and less.” The Web view on the tablet app brings you closer to a better Instagram experience, the report reads. However, the iPhone app has not been updated yet.

Instagram earlier this month updated its iPhone app with renewed profile tabs, visual improvements and tweaks to improve optimization. Some more customization has been brought to Facebook as well. Some of the features included in this update are the ability to search for users and tags in the Explore tab, improvements to commenting, visual improvements, speed optimizations and optionally, the ability to share likes to Facebook.

The number of users for Instagram has already reached 50 million users, which is a pretty impressive feat! For those not in the know, Instagram is a free, fun, and simple way to make and share gorgeous photos on your iPhone and Android devices. Pick from one of the several filtered effects or tilt-shift blur to breathe in a new life into your mobile photos. Transform everyday moments into works of art that you'll want to share with friends and family. Share your photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see – and follow your friends' photos with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you'll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world.

Social networking has taken a major turn, moving from the PC to the palm. Over the last couple of years, Instagram has gained worldwide popularity at breakneck pace. From an app that was once limited to only iOS devices, Instagram has now become available on Android as well, thus opening up the opportunity for casual as well as professional photographers to share their sights, thoughts and visions with the photography community.

Publish date: June 30, 2012 2:00 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 10:39 pm

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