Instagram Introduces ‘Direct’ Private Photo and Video Sharing with Latest App Update – Still no iPad Support

Instagram 1Today, the most popular photography-based social networking site updated its iOS app to include Instagram Direct, which lets users send pictures to other Instagram users directly instead of posting to their timeline. For some reason, the developers at Instagram don’t think we want to check out our friend’s pictures on the iPad’s larger screen. Boy, are they wrong.

According to the company’s blog, the three-year-old company has grown to 150 users. Celebrities, politicians, and everyday people have joined the picture sharing community. Users love taking pictures of their shoes, their food, and cats. Thanks to photo effects and filters, users can make even the mundane snapshots look like professionally photographed square ration images.

Now, you can share some of the more personalized images with friends and family and you don’t have to let anyone else see it. From the company’s blog:

“There are, however, moments in our lives that we want to share, but that will be the most relevant only to a smaller group of people—an inside joke between friends captured on the go, a special family moment or even just one more photo of your new puppy. Instagram Direct helps you share these moments.”

Instagram 2Instagram Direct is an extension of the Instagram experience. Users send a photo of video to a specific user or group of users. Follow the same procedure you would to post a picture on your timeline. Only, instead of sharing with everyone, tap the “Direct” tab to select specific people to share it with.

Now that Instagram is established as a strong app with plenty of users, you’d think the company would find some time to updated it to support the iPad. Unfortunately, Instagram has no plans to optimize the app for the larger screen.

Currently, I use Pictacular (formerly Pinstagram) for viewing my Instagram feed. However, the app has some bugs and you can’t post anything to it. I love the way Pictacular looks, but I’d love an iPad version of Instagram more.

After three years, it doesn’t look like the creators of Instagram have any desire to make an iPad app. It is too bad. Those pictures would look a lot better on a larger sized screen.

Instagram is available on the iPhone for free. You can download it in the App Store today.


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