Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are on their way out of the photo-sharing platform they founded but the service continues to gain new features across different platforms. Now, the Facebook-owned platform is adding new features that will make its mobile web app more useful.
If you use Instagram‘s mobile web app then you will soon be able to get notifications. The users of web app have been waiting for notifications support since the service launched in the first half of 2017. With a new update, Instagram users who log in from Chrome can turn on notifications for instances when they have a new follower or get likes on your recent post or when your friends comment.
The change is not just limited to the web app but notifications are also supported by Instagram Lite, which is essentially the web wrapper of the mobile site and is still being tested by the company. The support for notifications brings the web app and Instagram Lite app closer to the standalone app from the photo-sharing platform.
With the update, the web app and thus Instagram Lite, lack features like ability to send direct message or upload videos. However, you can see your timeline, post pictures, search and even view or publish to Instagram Stories. Instagram Lite is currently available only in Mexico but according to TechCrunch, the app will be expanded to more countries later this year.
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Instagram has come a long way since its inception and is widely seen as the crown jewel in Facebook’s app ecosystem affected by controversies. However, the exit of its co-founders raises concerns about the future of the platform as we know it today. There is a possibility that Facebook will turn it more into a business-first product in the coming months.