Instagram has been gradually climbing up the ladders in the user base and the company has been taking certain steps to induce more users, of which one is now the ability to post photos from the mobile web version of the app. Ever since its inception, Instagram has always been a standalone app and not a lot of users access the photo sharing service on the web, even though it has been available for quite some time now. This was mainly due to the limited functionality which Instagram offered via its mobile website.
However, things have changed now as the Facebook-owned company has now introduced the ability to post an image from the mobile website itself.
Previously, you could only like or comment to a post but with a recent update to the mobile website, now you can even post photos. Note that, the ability to share videos is not there yet and you also don’t get the option to apply filters while posting photos. Apart from this, you can also search, follow/unfollow and access notifications from the mobile website. Further, a narrowed down version of ‘Explore Tab’ can also be accessed.
If looked precisely, this looks like to be more of an Instagram Lite web app version of the service. Being a photo sharing app, Instagram does take a lot of your mobile data and having a mobile web version certainly helps to reduce the data usage. Facebook has been long running the Lite version of its app and has received a great response from countries with low or poor internet connectivity. Instagram, on the other hand, is yet to introduce any such app and recent rollouts in the mobile website seem to do the job for now.
Meanwhile, Instagram also introduced a new offline mode for its app ecosystem which allows users to like or leave a comment on a post, Follow – Unfollow users the next time one connects his device to the internet, all the actions done in offline mode will be executed automatically.