Your favorite bathroom-line activity — scrolling through Instagram for all the dogs, cats, socks, and latte art that you can handle — will now help you waste time at work, too. Yes, Instagram's migration from your phone to your personal computer or tablet is nearly complete. Well, except for the taking photos part, and the fact that it's buggy on launch day, but still. Instagram just announced in a company blog post that you can browse the photo app from pretty much anywhere. "We believe that you should be able to access Instagram on a variety of different devices, any of which may be convenient to you at a given moment — including your desktop computer or tablet," writes co-founder Kevin Systrom.
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So, what's new? Well, since November you've been able to have a profile, sans cellphone. You could type in http://instagram.com/WhateverHerNameIs and browse through a specific user's photos on a desktop. If a friend linked one of their photos from Facebook or Twitter, you could like or comment on the photo's page, all as Twitter was pulling Instagram photos from its own feeds. But now you have the freedom of absentmindedly scrolling, liking. and commenting natively from your feed — all without having to surreptitiously pull out your phone.
But, unfortunately, Instagram on the Web is only working sporadically right now. The site is loading really slowly and sometimes coming up blank:
Any reports of widespread problems would be hard to track considering those results can't come up when you search "Instagram" on Twitter anymore.
But when it does work, the bigger, bolder Instagram is pretty nice to look at, on a desktop and a tablet. The photos are nice and big and right in the center of your browser's window. Our only criticism is there might be too much negative space. Things could be tighter. See, this is where everything is located in the new layout:
But the other way to look at it is:
And there is one thing you still can't do on Instagram on your computer: take and upload pictures. That function is still limited to your phone. "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," Systrom writes. There's always Facebook for that, and it's all under the same roof now anyway.