Instagram has been continuously updating the desktop client so as to be at par with the mobile apps and this latest iteration is one I’ve been waiting for a long time.
Previously, in order to look for a photo on Instagram, you had to go to the mobile app and look for the specific link so that you can view it on desktop. With the new update, you’ll be able to search profiles (people), geotags & hashtags on instagram.com and be able to see the top posts too just like how you’ll be able to see on the mobile apps. The search bar is located at the centre of the Instagram logo and your profile name.
Instagram apparently has also released an interesting statistic about these embeds (geotags, top posts, hashtags & people). These embeds generate nearly 5.3 billion impressions for them and judging by the fact that the over 300 million active users have been able to do this in less than a month after the update is nothing short of impressive.
Its commendable the Facebook owned company has been positively updating the Instagram experience on the desktop client. They started by revamping the desktop experience, a process which gave a simple flat layout with the photos arranged in neat thumbnails although it felt incomplete since there was no Explore tab. Recently, they added support for 1080 by 1080 pixels resolution support for pictures up from the measly 640*640 for the mobile apps and updated the Explore tab on the mobile apps by adding curated feeds & improved search for searching people, top posts, hashtags and geotagged posts.
The new changes can now be seen on instagram.com and now finally it can now be as useful as the mobile apps. We’ll have to wait and see if they’ll add the option of uploading pictures via the desktop in the future.