Instagram Brings Search to the Web for the First Time

Instagram has offered access to images uploaded to the Instagram iOS app on the web for several years now, and as of today, the site's gained a new highly desired feature - search. Prior to today, Instagram users could not search for content on the Instagram website, with search being limited to the company's apps.

With the new website search feature that's rolling out today, it's possible to search for hashtags, locations, and user accounts directly from a web browser. The new capabilities are designed to make the web experience better complement the mobile browsing experience.

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Searching for a location will bring up images from that location alongside a map, while searching for a username will bring up individual accounts and searching for a hashtag will bring up a landing page that shows all images tagged with that label. Search pages display both top posts that have received the most likes and most recent posts.

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Today's new web search feature follows a major June iOS update that made it easier to discover content within the Instagram app. That update expanded the "Explore" tab with curated collections of images and enabled the ability to search by location for the first time.

Instagram for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]



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44 months ago
Title sounds like we just got Google or something...
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44 months ago
What does Instagram do?
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44 months ago
I can now look for someone's chips.

Good to know.
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44 months ago
Is there going to be a second time?
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44 months ago

One step closer to being able to actually post from the web

This feature will come in another 3 years. One step at a time. Don't rush it!
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44 months ago
How about Instagram bring a friggin ap for the iPad already! Is that too much to ask?
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44 months ago
You could actually search Instagram on the web before today but you had to know to type instagram.com/explore/tags/puppies

I don't know how I figured this out, oddly.
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