Instagram launches profile pages and exposes users to the world wide web

Instagram is great. There are a lot of things I love about the budding social network/pseudo photo hosting service and one of them is simply the archiving and sharing of your real world life through pictures — not meaningless stuff you’ve come across on the internet. Sure all that can be fun, but internet diarrhea is better left to Facebook and Google+.

One of the strangest (and best) parts about Instagram is that it was never web based, meaning there was no real way to access the site via your computer. Sure you could view people’s pictures, heart them, comment, and follow — but that was really the extent of it. Honestly, it blew my mind when I first discovered it but it quickly grew on me. There was certain level of secrecy in Instagram. Like a club that required you to have a smartphone to gain admittance. Well, now all of that is about to change.

Today, Instagram has launched their all new profile pages. These are users profiles that can be viewed via the web and quite honestly, I have mixed feelings about it. What was once reserved for “members only,” pictures of my life are now strewn across the net for everyone and anyone to view and gawk at. While it’s hard to put into words exactly what I’m feeling, the closest thing I can compare it to is someone ripping off my towel off and there I am… exposed. For the world to see. (I swear, I just got out of the pool).

In its current state, profile pages are severely limited by what they give a user access to. For instance, there’s currently no way to view your followers, or who your following — making the viewing of your friends profile pages a chore (you’re going to have to enter their user name in the URL every time. Sure there are other web-based services like web.stagram, but it would have been nice to not rely on a 3rd party.

I invite you guys if you haven’t already, to join up and friend me. Despite what the naysayers will… nay say, Instagram is a lot of fun and quickly becoming my favorite place to share my life (not what’s going on on the internet) and learn more about fellow Android peeps. I just pray Instagram will never be fully accessible from the desktop, allowing users to upload pics from their computers. It’s the one thing that’s kept the service “pure.” Oh, and limiting the amount of hashtags from #Instawhores. Before I go, here’s a quick video from one of my favorite videographers explaining what makes Instagram so great and how you can help keep it from sucking.

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  • Frankie Abaddon

    Social network more like Food Social Network.

  • Alvinpck

    Love this network. Definitely my favorite ever. I’d hate to see it change

  • http://www.eyeuniversal.com/ Rajesh Kanjani

    Really i impress to make new profile pages in different style.

  • camelsnot

    a shame people still use it. It should just go away.

  • http://www.phandroid.com Quentyn Kennemer

    I was hoping they’d do something like this. I don’t always want to view it on my phone.

  • HellG

    Chris is that your GF? i dont know i feel like i saw her on youtube before O_O
    is it true am i just too drunk -_-“

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      I think this is your moment of clarity. Time to sober up, buddy O_o

      • HellG

        i shall obey master Chris and end my bond with the universe for you :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10237725 Molly Rose

    Your attitude towards instagram being some special club only for those with smart phones reminds of some iphone users towards android users on instagram when the app was finally released for android.

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Well, there’s a certain level of comfort in it. The fact that it’s not open up to EVERYONE on the internet. Gotta have a smartphone or tablet (regardless of platform).