It looks like Instagram may be planning to develop a full-on Web presence. According to TechCrunch, Web designer Cole Reinke found an interesting link on Instagram’s current site.
Currently, Instagram’s site is very basic to say the least. Users can do things like change their password and edit their profile.
But while on the site recently, Reinke found the pictured link to “View Profile.” When he clicked on the link, he was greeted with a 404 error page, which seems to suggest that Instagram is at least testing out an expanded Web presence. When I just logged onto to the site, I was unable to see the same link.
A little more than two years ago, the first photo was uploaded to the social network, which started out as a simple, free iOS app. Now, around 50 million mobile users have uploaded more than 1 billion photos to the service.
While the link is not exactly concrete proof, I’m still have mixed feelings about Instagram trying to make a move to the Web. It was really designed as a mobile product and definitely shines on the iPhone. But Facebook is surely looking for some kind of return on its massive investment, and a full-fledged Instagram site would be a pretty big step in that direction.
So are you ready for ads in your Instagram feed?