Instagram is finally considering allowing users to post from their laptops/desktops after years of being solely focused on its mobile product. The test feature went live last week according to a number of Twitter users and Instagram has recently confirmed this test.
Instagram, which was founded in 2010, has resisted developing a web version of its product because it was designed to be used while people were out taking pictures with their phones. More and more Instagram users are now professionals or influencers, publishing highly manipulated or produced photographs and videos hours or days after the events occurs.
A desktop version of Instagram was launched a couple of years ago—however, it came with limited possibilities. In recent years, Instagram has shifted its focus away from mobile and towards the desktop. In 2017, it added the option to watch stories on PCs, and last year, it added direct messaging.
Users have been using third-party applications to upload content to Instagram from their computers for a while and they’ll be quite thrilled if Instagram widens its test, according to Matt Navarra, a social media strategist who was among the first to notice the shift.
According to TechCrunch, a spokesperson for Instagram said:
“We know that many people access Instagram from their computer. To improve that experience, we’re now testing the ability to create a Feed post on Instagram with their desktop browser.”
Unlike Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networks, uploading content to Instagram requires the usage of a mobile app—unless you use third-party solutions. However, now that the feature of posting via desktop seems to be in the works, fans of the platform will surely be relieved to find that the restriction appears to be loosening.
To see if you’re a part of the test, go to the Instagram website in your browser and look for a new “+” symbol in the upper right corner of the icon tray. This is just a test, so there’s no assurance it’ll be sent out to everyone, but the early feedback has been positive.
Without a question IG has changed from its original purpose and has been turned into a money making tool. What are your thoughts on this?
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