Instagram is a popular photo sharing app with over 50 million users (probably more now), according to mashable.com. One thing these millions of users have in common is they either own an iPhone or Android. No, there was no survey taken to see what phone these users have. It’s because Instagram is a mobile platform and currently, you can only download the Instagram app if you have an iPhone or Android.
What if you have an Instagram account already and want to view Instagram photos on the web? Even though Instagram is meant to be used on your phone, there are a few ways to view Instagram photos on the web.
Here are 3 ways to view Instagram photos on the web:
Hootsuite.com is a social media dashboard to manage and measure your social media networks. You can manage social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook fan pages and profiles, LinkedIn and many more.
Hootsuite has also added Instagram to its app directory. (Other apps include SlideShare, HubSpot and more.) With this Instagram app, you can view people you are following’s photos, like and comment on the photos. You can also view your own photos, popular photos, photos you have liked and use the search feature.
Webstagram.com is another website that allows you to view Instagram photos on the web. Very similar to the Hootsuite app’s functions, this website allows you to view people you are following’s photos, like or comment on photos and use the search feature.
Additional features include the ability to follow and unfollow users and see your followers and who you are following.
Statigram.com is a little different than the other websites. There are a lot of additional features.
Just like Hootsuite and Webstagram, Statigram allows you to like, comment, follow and unfollow, view popular photos… all the functions Webstagram has.
However, the additional features that I find really cool are the statistics. For example, they will create reports to show you how many likes or comments you have received, which photos are the most popular, what filters you have used the most, filters that get the most likes, which hashtags you used and much more!
When you give them your email address, they will send you monthly reports. For example, here is a photo they sent me about my “firsts” on Instagram:
They even sent an “IG Birth Certificate” (in other words, when I posted my first photo):
Before you use any of these websites, make sure you have created an Instagram account using an iPhone or an Android. The only negative side of these ways to view Instagram photos on the web is that you cannot post photos. You can only view, like and comment. Maybe that will change one day.
For more info about Instagram or if you need help with setting up your Instagram account, please visit this page.
Bethany Looi is a teen who helps Internet Marketers with their VA and social media client care needs. She loves social media, food photography, traveling and the Spanish language. Bethany is combining these passions to pursue a career in journalism and social media management. She has finished high school at the age of 16 and is currently taking a year off to pursue her passions and growing her business.