Instagram Launching Profile Pages This Week
Profile pages are finally coming to Instagram this week.
The Instagram blog reports that user profile pages will be rolled out on the Internet over the next few days. This new feature is based on feedback provided by users of the popular iOS and Android camera social apps who have expressed a desire to have a centralized place friends and family can visit to see their edited photos.
"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," the blog reads. "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!"
To view your profile, or to explore a friend's profile, simply navigate to instagram.com/[username]. While the url currently works, users may see a "this profile will be available soon" message when loading up the temporary "filler" page. All photos shared to Instagram will be included in the profile once it goes live, but they won't be shared with the public if they're set to "private".
"Instagram is focused on the production of photos from mobile devices so users are not currently able to upload from the web," reads the FAQ. "We’re excited about how Web Profiles will make it easier to browse and share content on the web for all our users."
Earlier this year, Facebook acquired the popular photo-sharing service for $715 million in cash and stock. The actual numbers were provided in Facebook's 10-Q filing with the SEC weeks ago, and included $300 in cash, around 12 million vested shares of Class B common stock given to non-employee stockholders ($221 million average), and around 11 million un-vested shares issued to Instagram employees ($194 million average).