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5 Ways To Search For Awesome Things on Instagram Web

Shay Meinecke 04-08-2015

Instagram has recently launched an upgrade that is sure to be a game changer. The picture and video sharing application and social network has been known mostly as a mobile-first app, but with their recent update, it will be known for much more than that.


With over 300 million active users and 70 million photos uploaded every day, Instagram has moved from being a trendy app to being a revolutionizing experience. The all new search and explore web capabilities is sure to revolutionize your experience even more.

Let’s Talk Updates

The new web search feature will allow users to search for hashtags, profiles, and locations on You also have the ability to do what you normally would on the mobile app — follow users, favorite pictures, make comments, and edit your profile.

The same experience that you already have on the app will now be available for the web.

Instagram has also created landing pages for geotags and hashtags, which allows you to be able to see top posts when you search by a geotag or a hashtag.


In addition, your profile has also gone through a few changes. Instead of the previous five pictures shown in the grid, three pictures are now shown in each row which allows for a larger display of your most recent videos or pictures.

Additionally, the cover image is gone and a lot of the borders and rounded images are also gone, which shows Instagram’s commitment to overhauling the web.

5 Ways to Search

Now that Instagram has updated their website, which they said allows for greater continuity, here are five new ways you to need to know about when search on Instagram — both for the web and with the app.

Web Search

Looking at it from an overall perspective, the web search is intended to be just as similar as the app experience. You can use the web at just as you normally would use the app, which has already been mentioned.


For example, if you want to find your favorite profile or go to your own profile, type[username], putting your profile name or that of your favorite profile in the brackets. Or if you search for your favorite profile, you will then be directed to their page in which you have the option to like their pictures and videos, follow them, or make a comment on their content — simple and effective.

Hashtag Emoji Search

With the recent hashtag emoji search option Instagram: #Hashtag Emojis and Better Search Capabilities Instagram recently announced that emojis — those smiling, sad or crazy face pictures — are now searchable, allowing even more people and pictures to be discovered. Read More , Instagram is giving users the ability to find content, people, and comments that use popular emojis, which should lead to more interactions and proves that you should be using the popular icons Instagram: Why You Should Be Using Popular #Emojis More than half of comments and captions use emojis, according to Instagram software engineer Thomas Dimson. So, let's not pretend you're not using those smiley or sad faces in your daily conversations. Read More .

You may want to discover what emojis mean What Does This Emoji Mean? Emoji Face Meanings Explained Confused by the emojis in that text message you just got? Here are the commonly accepted meanings of popular emojis. Read More and how to better use them on your own pictures and videos.

On the website, simply use the hashtag symbol and your favorite emoji icon, which can be found here. Copy and paste both the icon and hashtag onto the search bar and search away.


You’ll find that the posts are numbered by popularity count, and that hashtag emojis can also be combined to include which makes for an even more unique search. So, what are your favorite emojis What Is Your Favorite Emoji Character? [We Ask You] Emoji are everywhere these days. But which emoji character is your personal favorite of the 1,000+ that are now available to use? Read More  that you’ll use in search?

People Search

Just like emoji search, you’ll be able to search for your favorite people with the search bar. For example, if you search for the most followed accounts The 10 Most Followed People on Instagram: Should You Follow Them Too? This is not our top 10 of Instagram. It's actually the top 10 accounts based entirely on the number of followers each one of them has. Do they merit the hype? Should you follow them... Read More  you’ll notice that Beyoncé, for example, will have a blue symbol next to her name, which indicates authenticity of the account.

Beware of those fake Beyoncé accounts, or any fake accounts.

Geotag Search

Geosearch is also a cool option, which allows users to search for posts and people based on location. Every time you upload a picture or video with Instagram and allow the location to be tagged, you’re essentially allowing other people to search for content in that same tagged location.


For example, when loading your favorite picture from Nice, France and tagging the location will allow for that picture or video to be included in the geotag and your photo map.

Hashtag Search

Similar to the hashtag emoji search, you can also search for hashtag items including #thebest, #tech, #makeuseof, and other recommended hashtags 10 Unusual Hashtags You Need To Follow On Instagram In the crowded space of Instagram, it is the quirky photos that draw the eye. Follow these ten unusual hashtags if you like your photos to be a little bit off the beaten track. Read More . After searching, you’ll notice top posts and most recent posts, which makes finding what you want easier.

You can even submit to Instagram’s weekly hashtag project.

Ironically, searching with just the hashtag will bring up no results (that is, without the #).

What Do You Think?

Are you happy with Instagram web search? Do you plan to use the site more now that it is similar to the app?


Related topics: Hashtag, Image Search, Instagram.

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