Instagram announced today that it was expanding its web services so users can view their entire instagram stream online. You still have to use the app to take and add photos.
Your Instagram Feed on the web functions much like it does on your mobile phone. You can browse through the latest photos of people whom you follow with updates as people post new photos. Like photos by double clicking on them or pressing the like button. Or, engage in a conversation around a photo with inline commenting. Browse through pages of the most recent images to keep up on what’s happening with the people you follow in realtime.
The gradual move to desktop services does not mean the company wishes to abandon its mobile driven app. Instagram insists that the service is about “taking photos on the go” while additional desktop expansions allow users to access their photos on any device at any time.
This strategy will inevitably allow Instagram various streams of revenue since its purchase by Facebook. However, its parent company has shown that mobile advertising is more lucrative. Since desktop Instagram offers less than its mobile counterpart and it may inevitably be a stepping stone for an eventual Facebook integration.
This probably means the demise of Webstagram.