Just a quick tip for all you Instagram users - you now have a web profile.
Check yourself out at www.instagram.com/yourusername
For example: http://instagram.com/lmulibrary
Instagram is a picture editing and sharing platform which began as a mobile-only app. Users can easily upload existing photographs or take pictures from within the app. They then have a variety of filters and basic photo editing tools to play with. The completed picture goes up on their profile which can be shared with the Instagram universe or just select followers. It exploded in popularity on the iOS platform and last year the company released an Andriod version, bringing its vintage hipster photos to even more of the masses.
The recent move from a mobile-only app to a web browser-based platform means your Instagram pictures can be seen by non-Instagram users. You can still only upload pictures to the platform via a mobile device but now your pictures be viewed, liked, and commented on by anyone with a web browser. It has always been easy to push out your pictures from the Instagram app to sites like Facebook and Twitter, but now each photo has an individual url. This makes it easier to share when you're not using the app, such as emailing, texting, and blogging. It also makes Instagram pictures easy to pin to Pinterest and transfer to other image curating sites like Flickr.
Privacy Note: Instagram's new profiles make your images easily available to a much wider audience. You may want to consider whether or not this is good for you (and your future employers, parents, etc). The privacy settings for your public web profile are the same as the mobile app. If you wish to make your account more private, go into the settings portion of the mobile app and switch the "Photos Are Private" setting to ON. The only users able to see your photos are then those who you give permission to.