Instagram Feeds Are Live on the Web, But You Still Can’t Upload Photos

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Instagram took another step towards becoming a full fledged desktop social network today by enabling full feeds on the web. When you log in to your Instagram account from a computer, you’ll be able to view your entire feed just like you would on a mobile device. You also have the option to like or comment on photos you come across. The one thing you still can’t do is upload photos from a computer. Instagram is holding on to its belief that uploading photos to its service is strictly a mobile affair.

“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,” reads a post on the Instagram blog. “On the other hand, Instagram for the web is focused on making the browsing experience a fast, simple and enjoyable one.”

Call me crazy, but my gut says Instagram will eventually drop that stance. After all, Instagram is a business that needs to make money. It’s also owned by Facebook that happens to be a public company. If its users continue to demand a way to upload photos from their computers, Instagram would be in a tough position to refuse.

This whole situation is a bit ironic. Usually it’s web-born services that have issues in putting out a fully functioning mobile application, not the other way around. Instagram was born on mobile and is still trying to create a presence on the desktop. Without the ability to upload photos, Instagram’s website won’t become nearly as popular as it could b.

Source [Instagram Blog]

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