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After holing up on mobile since its inception, Instagram has announced that their iconic photo sharing app will be hitting the web with full profiles over the next couple of days. Previously, you could only really view individual pictures on the web, but these new profile pages allow users to follow fellow Instagrammers, leave comments and likes on pictures, or edit their profiles. 

Instagram was recently snatched up by Facebook, so it's not surprising to see them opening up a little bit. Once Instagram on the web is fully matured, it will be interesting to see how the two social networks drift into one another. Will they eventually merge userbases, or will they still coexist as separate entities? The update doesn't allow web uploads of images, instead continuing to favor mobile, which should give us an idea of Instagram's future direction.

Any heavy-duty Instagram users out there? Serious photographers, what's your take on the service? Is it legitimate enough for Time magazine to use it to cover Sandy, or is Instagram overhyped and tacky?

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Instagram profiles coming to the web


Some people hate instagram, others love it, I just like that it's social. It keeps me and my friends engaged who otherwise would never speak to each other. Pretty much like Facebook but with pictures instead of words.

I use instagram to share photos, but I don't use it as my camera. I take pictures with the full resolution of my Camera and then when I want to put one into instagram I share it out to instagram.

It is a great social service but it by no means replaces taking "good" pictures.

Also I *hate* filters. Filters make more pictures look just plain terrible.

EDIT: also instagram should in no way be considered a way to save or archive photos. People who do make me want to cry.

Seems like they're using an old profile here, or that person hasn't updated her arrogant intro. "This is my Italy. iPhone only."

iPhone only? lol. Little photo is a great app if you love playing with filters and you don't have to be a pretentious black framed glasses wearing latte sipping Macbook user who over blogs on the lack of water quality in Botswana for NPR to use it.