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Traditionally, the Instagram experience on the Web has been really limited, but recently Instagram has actually released these Instagram online profiles for its users, and this is something that makes it really easy for you to go to someone's username on Instagram and view the photos that they have taken in a really interesting and creative way. So if go to someone's Instagram profile page, just go to instagram.com/ their username. So in this case my profile would be instagram.com/thejustinseeley, and when you do you'll be presented with their Instagram profile.
The most obvious thing that appears first when you get to these profile pages is the big banner images across the top. The great thing about these banner images is that they rotate around to show you different photos in any given time. So as you can see as I sit here and look at this profile page, the top-- the banner area-- is always changing into these different photos, making it really, really fun to see all the different photographs that I've taken cycle through. This is a great and creative way to always keep the top of the profile section fresh. You'll also see that I have my profile image right here.
I have a link to edit my profile directly underneath that. That's where I can change information like my About information and my website address. You can also see how many photos you've taken, how many people you're following, how many people follow you, and then underneath that you'll see all of the photos that you've taken in a nice grid layout. As you scroll down it will actually load more, and when you get to the very bottom here you can actually choose Load More to see even more photographs if you want to. If you'd like to view a photo larger just click on it with your mouse and it will launch that photo in a very large Light Box view.
You can see your comments about the photo over here on the right, you can also see people who have liked and commented on the photo here as well. You can like the photo by clicking the Heart icon and leave a comment by tapping on the Comment icon here. To exit out of this, just click outside of that area and it returns you back to the Instagram Profile page. Let's take a look at some other Instagram profiles so we can get a better idea of what they look like. Here's Jim Heid's profile, he's another employee here at lynda.com, and on Jim's profile you can see they have the same cycling images across the top, all of which are going to be different depending on which ones they show at any given time.
And again, you just scroll through Jim's profile to see all of the different photos that he has posted. You can click on one to launch it in a Light Box view; you can see all of the comments and likes there as well. You click outside of that and it returns you back to the profile here. In addition to Jim we also have James Fritz's profile. Fritz is the Content Manager for the Design Segment here at lynda, and you can go in here and check out all of Fritz's photos as well. So again, the Instagram profiles are just a great way to showcase all of the Instagram photos that you've taken in a nice web form.
I think this really is going to take the place of the external third-party profiles that have started to pop-up, especially once Instagram integrates a little bit more into these. Right now they're rather limited, where you can just go to the profile, preview what's going on, and there is no real way to upload photos or interact with the photos other than liking or commenting. But eventually I think Instagram will expand this, especially since they have become a part of Facebook now and they will allow you to do a lot more with them. I think this is just the jumping off point. So again, just go to your Instagram profile, it's instagram.com/ your username, and you can see all of the different photos that you've posted or that anyone else has posted on their profile, and then again to just launch a photo click on it; it launches in a Full Screen view, you can then comment and like on it any way you see fit and then clicking outside exits out and takes you right back there.
Finally, the last thing I want to point out about profiles is the fact that you can actually follow people directly from this window. So for instance if I look underneath Shea's profile here-- you can see that I'm already following Shea-- but if I were to click on that I would actually un-follow her temporarily and you'll see that it turns blue. If you see this blue underneath someone's profile that means you're currently not following them on Instagram. So in order to follow them back, just go ahead and click on that and it switches to let you know that you're now following that person. So again, the Instagram profiles make it really easy for you to view photos, interact with photos and also follow and un-follow people directly from the Web using the instagram.com website.
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