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With the Instagram mobile app and photo-sharing service, you can use your Android or iOS device to snap a photo, apply creative filter effects, and then share it with millions of Instagram users—and on Facebook and Twitter, too. In this course, Justin Seeley details the ins and outs of the Instagram app and sharing service. The course contains tips on shooting photos using the Instagram app and also describes how to edit and enhance photos taken with Instagram or imported from another app.
Justin then details the process of posting photos to Instagram and adding descriptive tags, captions, and location information. The final chapter offers insights on building a community of followers and on enhancing your Instagram experience with additional apps and services.
When it comes to viewing your Instagram photos inside of a web browser you have one basic option which is just click an Instagram link and it takes you to one of those basic Instagram photo pages. However, most users would like to have their own profile page or a grid of all of their photos or a gallery that they could show people somewhere online without having to actually reroute them to the Instagram website or to make them download the Instagram application. Fortunately, Instagram has a pretty extensive API system which allows people to build whole websites based on the photos that you share.
And so there are several different ones available to you where you can go and create your own online Instagram profile. I'm going to talk about some of those now that I found online, the first of which is called INK361, that's ink361.com. And this one works much as the same as the rest of them do. You just come in and you click the big Log in through Instagram button, and most of these sites have that. Basically it just goes and it prompts you to login through your Instagram account. You type in your username and password, then it reroutes you back here and creates a nice profile for you.
So INK361 is the first option. I'm going to go through all of these options and then I'll show you the actual profiles that they create after that. So now let's go over here to InstaProf that's instaprof.appspot.com, and so on InstaProf you can sign in with Instagram over here on the right and you get a nice profile viewer there. Another one is Gramfeed, gramfeed.com, Gram Feed. And this is a great one again, it's just a one-click sign-up and you're off and running.
Webstagram, this is one of my favorite ones, it's really simple but it is a nice one, webstagram. And that is web.stagram.com, so they obviously couldn't get the webstagram URL, so that's web.stagram.com. And then we have Instafeed. Instafeed is another nice one. And that's just instagram.me, so Instagram Me essentially. And then finally my absolute favorite is Instagrid and that's instagrid.me, so instagrid.me. And like I said this one is probably my favorite, it's got the best design out of all of these in my opinion and it's just a really nice interface.
So let's take a look at some of these. Now I'm going to jump over here, this is my INK361 profile. So you can see here it's a nice full width design that allows you to see all of the photos, you can scroll through and see all of the photos you've taken with Instagram, you can also like and comment on them directly from here as well, so that's pretty cool. So that's INK361. Let's take a look at this one, this is my Gramfeed profile, what I like about this one is the fact that it displays not only my photos, my followers, and who I'm following. It also gives you the option to make it public or private, your profile. You can also find people from here. It gives you information about yourself and it also shows you your Photo Map which I think is just really cool, because you can see sort of the hot spots of where you take most of your photos.
And then directly underneath all of that you can see all of the photos that you've taken with Instagram which is really, really nice. And so this one, you know, it happens to be one of my favorites just because of those little enhancements. Now let's jump over here to Webstagram, another one of my favorites. I like this one because it's really clean and it just got a nice look and feel to it. You can view things in a Grid view, by clicking on Grid right there and that turns it into a little almost like little Polaroid view, this is my favorite view on this one. And so once you do that you can also view it as a list.
And this one is kind of more in-line view to give you the ability to view the photo on the left, comment on the right which is pretty nice. And you can also see here that you have the ability to send direct messages, Subscribe via RSS, and also view all of the profile information that's available to you as well. The final one that I've signed up for is my absolute favorite, and that is Instagrid. An Instagrid is the cleanest of all the interfaces that I've seen and it's just really nice. You'll get all of your profile information over here, your followers, who you are, that kind of thing.
You can view these as a grid or as a list. The list is actually really well done too. Big photos all in a gigantic list view like so, so you can just scroll through and see all of them. The grid is very nice as well; let's take a look at that. And if you need to load more photos, just click More and it loads more. Towards the bottom you see all the photos that you've taken. And then you have the ability here to subscribe to people, you can also print, when you hit Print it takes you to a site called Printstagram, which is pretty neat. You can also share it on Facebook or tweet about it.
So this is by far I think the cleanest and best way to do this. But really easy, all you have to do just one-click sign on; enter in your username and password. If you ever want to get rid of these sites what you need to do is go and revoke access to this inside of your Instagram profile. So if I go now to Instagram and click on My Account. This should take me to my Instagram profile and I can go to Manage Applications. Inside of Manage Applications you will see things like Instagrid, Instafeed, Gramfeed, Ink361, stuff like that.
If you want to turn any of these services off you don't like them or you think maybe they're doing something bad with your account or your information or something you comeback in, and revoke access to these applications. But it does tell you what these applications are allowed to do. So for instance Instagrid is allowed basic information so it includes photos, friends list, and profile info. Instafeed actually comes and grabs a little bit more; Gramfeed grabs a little bit more, and so does Ink361. So actually Instagrid not only has the best design, it's also the least intrusive on your information as well. So take that for what it's worth.
But again a great way to view your photos online in a profile-type setting much the same when you would on like a Facebook or Twitter is to use services like this, so again my recommendation would be Ink361. Gramfeed, Webstagram, Instagrid, and then if you ever want to remove any of those you go over to instagram.com and just revoke access to the Manage Applications link. So hopefully by now you have a better understanding of how you actually view your photos in a Web browser. I know it's a little bit of workaround, and then how to create your own online profiles using these third-party services.
And then how to remove them, if you should ever find a need to do so.
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