When Instagram gets a fully-realized web version it will be a mixed blessing. As cool as phone apps are, I can’t help but think nothing’s really Internet until it’s on the web. So of course I want a web version.
On the other hand, I spend a lot of time in spammer marketing forums (they are the best place to get up-do-date policy/rate-limit information about a variety of services). And these folks are licking their chops for Instagram. They are already botting it to death on the phone versions. The only thing slightly holding them back is the extremely compromised value of a spam link on a phone-only app. (Compare to Pinterest, with its deluge of iPad and Starbucks gift certificate offers.)
I have no idea if Instagram’s web restraint was an anti-spam tactic. But if it was, perhaps this is why they are getting closer to a fully-realized web version. The spam is here anyway, might as well jump on the web.
Online Instagram profiles coming soon? Clicking on the link lead me to a 404 error at my profile address. When I looked to see if it was still there three hours later, it had disappeared. But before I saw the option appear, Instagram went down for a minute or two.
Update: When I asked MG Siegler if he thinks it’s coming soon he replied, “yup.”