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Instagram starts rolling out web profiles

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Instagram, the photo-sharing mobile app owned by Facebook, is launching new web profiles for its millions of users, allowing them to access their shared images through a browser.

Rolling out over "the next few days", the new web profiles feature all photographs shared on Instagram by users, along with their profile photo, bio and photo-montage. This will offer other people a "snapshot" of the user's activity on Instagram.

The report comes as microblogging site Twitter is rumoured to be preparing to roll out photo filters on its website, after missing out on the acquisition of Instagram to Facebook.

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All profiles will be listed at instagram.com/[username], and users can edit their profile details over the web. It is also possible to follow other users, as well as comment and 'like' photos on the other web profiles.

Instagram, which was bought by Facebook in the deal worth $715m earlier in the year, said that it will be rolling out profiles for everyone on the social network "over the course of this week".

The startup said that it is launching web profiles as "a simple way to share your photos with more people and to make it easier to discover new users on the web".

"Instagram web profiles are a beautiful new way to view and share Instagram on the web," the company said in a blog post.

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"Your web profile features your photos along with your profile photo and bio, giving others a look at the content you share on Instagram."

Users can set their photos for public view, meaning anyone can see them, but if photos are set as private then they will be visible only to logged-in Instagram users who already follow the profile.

Despite the launch of web profiles, Instagram said that it is wholly focused on its mobile experience and will not allow people to upload photos directly to the internet.

Instagram web profiles screenshot

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"Instagram is focused on the production of photos from mobile devices so users are not currently able to upload from the web," it said.

"We're excited about how web profiles will make it easier to browse and share content on the web for all our users."

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