After two years, Instagram finally launched a web service that allows you to browse your picture from any connected device. Kevin Systrom, the co-founder of the popular mobile photo service, blogged the news a couple hours ago.
“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,” Systrom writes. “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. And shrink your browser down to a single column for your feed to look more like your mobile feed.”
The web feed doesn’t let you upload photos, and that is not about to change any time soon. Systrom stressed that Instagram is about “seeing and taking photos on-the-go,” but evidently that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to view your pics from a web browser.
The launch is significant because up until now, Instagram was only available on Android and iOS devices, though the photo-sharing service did recently launch a web version to view images. The availability of a web app means that you can now access your account from any device with an active internet connection, whether it happens to be a PC or an unsupported mobile platform such as BlackBerry or Windows Phone.
Last month, we learned that Instagram is performing a lot better than some would have you believe. In an interview, Systrom revealed that startup has over 90 million active monthly users, a number that contradicts reports that user interest in the service has declined in recent months.