Instagram’s New Web Viewer Does More, But Still Not Enough.

Instagram's new web viewer



Instagram iPhoneThere’s slow but steady progress in Instagram-land. As we anxiously await the release of the long-promised Android version of the app bringing with it hordes of new Instagrammers to follow and share with (more importantly, hordes of new Android users to show off our iPhone photo apps to), it’s easy to overlook some of the cool stuff that Instagram have released in the past few months.

The app itself got some cool new features in the last couple of updates, like the TiltShift feature and the new, very usable Brannan filter. The new Instagram Public APIs make it easier for third parties to connect and interact with Instagram.

Instagram has also improved their own web experience recently. It’s not the completely interactive Instagram web experience we were all hoping for, but it’s movement in the right direction.

Instagram web interface 1.0

The original Instagram web viewer was little more than an ad for the app. The new Instragram web viewer let’s you see who’s liked an image and all the comments users have posted. There’s a new Google map that gives shows a pretty broad area of where the image was taken. The map is shown where location data is available. The map centers on the photo, but it’s broad enough to minimize any potential stalking issues. The map above shows about a 30 mile section of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex — Jack Skellington was shot in the middle of that.

You can still right-click to download the 612×612 pixel images to your computer.

There’s still no other interaction besides “Liking” and tweeting from the page. No way to comment. No way to message the photographer. No way to view Instagrammer’s profiles from the web — you’ll still have to go back to the iPhone app for that. URLs still don’t make any sense. There’s no username information in them. The screen above is found at . Neither my name nor my username even has a “p” in it.

It’s not much and it’s still not what users have been requesting since the app’s release, but it’s an improvement. And at least it works — it isn’t broken. At Instagram, change seems to come at its own pace.




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Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.
  • @AmandaJames1990

    I agree! Luckily there are a few web viewers like and where u can view ur pics.

  • Stuart Sunley

    I've never found a way to follow a user from a picture they've shared on the web (Facebook, Tumbler or wherever)… this seems a profoundly glaring omission.

  • Stacy Anderson

    "Isn't broken"? Really? I disagree.

    1) It is showing a location map for images that are NOT location tagged. If I wanted to location tag my images, I would have. If I didn't, there is a reason.
    2) If you use Instagram to post to Facebook the resulting commentary they post along with the image looks like you are talking to yourself if you've posted a title on the image.
    3) Crashy crash crash. I don't dare use the camera on Instagram anymore as half the time the app will crash and not save my photo… and then the moment is gone.
    4) You saw today how I had to uninstall and reinstall Instagram AGAIN today to get it to work. Twice now in how many days? Functional apps don't have to be reinstalled every few days.

    Sorry, I think it is quite "broken". I never understand why Instagram gets a pass from negative reviews from people just because "it's free". To me, my time is worth something.

    I guess we will have to agree to disagree on this one.

  • Scott Webb

    It's true – it's not perfect (still). No matter what happens, there are going to be people unhappy with something too. I have to wait until I'm home from Mexico to catch up on everything and form my own thoughts. Slow and steady might be very smart for Instagram though.

  • Nev

    I like the instagram app. I get it. Its fun and has great effects. I just wish you could creat a better profile online. Its boring. That and make larger photos. Have the option to save. I hate how I have made amazing photos to share, but cant print them. Lame.