Compared with other social networks, Instagram allows users to share photos and videos either publicly or privately on the app, which can be downloaded on most smartphone devices. Instagram has a wide audience – from younger generations to adults and even celebrities. Some features the app includes are; built-in messaging system called Instagram Direct to send posts in your feed to friends, use Instagram apps [Hyperlapse, Layout and Boomerang] to enhance your experience, the ability to adjust perspective, straighten or rotate photos and you can also share your photos on other social networking platforms, for example Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr.

Instagram interface

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 real time. And shrink your browser down to a single column for your feed to look more like your mobile feed.

Instagram on the web

This quote by co-founder Kevin Systrom highlights why you do not have the option to upload on the website and gives you a quick introduction into what Instagram is.

We do not offer the ability to upload from the web as Instagram is about producing photos on the go, in the real world, in realtime. – Kevin Systrom

Instagram is easy to use and provides a faster, simpler way to share pictures and videos, however, photos are only directly accessible to people with an Instagram account, whereas, having a Tumblr account anyone can see your site online.


Introducing your Instagram feed on the web (2015) Available at: (Accessed: 12 February 2017).
Mahdi, A. (2014) Instagram receives a new update, brings a refreshed user interface and faster performance. Available at: (Accessed: 12 February 2017).

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