Boston Restaurant Blog -- November, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
This spring, the Boston's Hidden Restaurants site joined the Instagram craze, posting photos of food and restaurants (along with some other pictures along the way) via the iPhone. (See earlier blog entry: Some Info on Instagram) And while Instagram has been a great tool for instantly sharing pictures with other Instagram users, up until now it has been frustrating trying to access the photos online via a laptop or desktop because, well, Instagram wasn't originally designed to be on the Web. Well, all that has changed now, with the company rolling out profile pages that anyone can see online.
The new profile pages from Instagram are relatively simple and easy to scroll through (much like the smartphone version of Instagram). If you look at our Instagram page, which can be accessed at http://instagram.com/hiddenboston, you see some sample photos at the top (with larger pictures presumably being some of the more popular ones), a brief description of the page just below the samples, and a chronological display of photo thumbnails below that, with larger versions being accessed by clicking the thumbnails. As you scroll down the page, you can look at earlier pictures by clicking "Load More." And if you want to change the display into more of a slideshow format, click one of the pictures and look for the arrows at the bottom which will allow you to navigate through the photos one at a time. Finally, if you are an Instagram member, you can comment on pictures and/or "like" them from your laptop or desktop.
This next step from Instagram seemed inevitable, as the lack of an actual website from them rendered it pretty much useless to those who don't have smartphones but wanted to see Instagram photos from friends, family, and others. It seems that this will bring even more popularity to Instagram, based on the incredible popularity of Pinterest, another social media site that focuses on visual images.
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