Instagram adds Search to its desktop experience

20 Jul 2015

Instagram’s mobile app has long allowed users to find images by searching for specific users, locations and tags, but the feature has never been available on its desktop experience, which had always seemed a bit underdeveloped in comparison.

Things are changing though after the belated introduction of a search bar to that allows desktop users of the service to find specific content much more easily. Geotags and hashtags now link to location or hashtag landing pages, and you can also see refined ‘top posts’ when you search locations and hashtags.

“While is designed to be complementary to the mobile apps, it’s important to the global conversations that happen on Instagram,” said a company spokesperson. “ allows you to view Instagram content from anywhere, and brings the web at large into the Instagram community.”

The photo-sharing service has been pretty prolific in introducing improvements recently. Its newly redesigned website was only launched last month, while major upgrades to the search system and an all-new Explore tool have also been unveiled. Instagram also appears to be preparing to upgrade user’s photographs from 640 pixel width to 1080×1080 resolution.

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Dean Van Nguyen was a contributor to Silicon Republic