If you're an Instagram user, you'll be able to make yourself a desktop Web profile -- but you shouldn't be surprised to see that your web profile page for Instagram looks an awful lot like your Facebook page.
The move means Instagram is moving from being just a mobile platform and going online. The photo sharing and editing program began in 2010 as an iPhone app, and expanded to Android in April just days before Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg snapped up the program for a record $1 billion.
Instagram's new web profiles look very close to Facebook's, complete with a large landscape photo on top, a short text bio and smaller photos below.
Your web profile features a selection of your recently shared photographs just above your profile photo and bio, giving others a snapshot of the photos you share on Instagram. In addition, you can follow users, comment & like photos and edit your profile easily and directly from the web. It’s a beautiful new way to share your Instagram photos!
Instagram has seen its user base grow from 30 million to 100 million users, including famous adopters including Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg and President Barack Obama. And Hurricane Sandy brought a lot more users, as the storm was the most photographed and shared even in the company's two year history. More than 800,000 photos were tagged #Sandy.
However, the new profiles raise the question about whether Instagram will stay independent, although Zuckerbert has insisted it will.
But Facebook, in its third quarter earnings report in late October, noted Instagram “is expected to enhance our photos product offerings and to enable users to increase their levels of mobile engagement and photo sharing.” In addition, Instagram's team has moved to Facebook's Palo Alto, Calif. headquarters.