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Instagram adds Web profiles

NEW YORK — Instagram, the photo-sharing app that was created for mobile phones, is expanding to the Web.

The service will launch Instagram­ profiles on the Web over the next few days. Previously, users’ profiles existed only on Instagram’s mobile applications accessed on the iPhone or Android devices. Now, users will have a website with a profile photo, bio, and a selection of the snapshots they have recently shared on Instagram.

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Instragram, which is owned by Facebook Inc., made its announcement in a blog post Monday.

The layout of the Web profiles is reminiscent of Facebook timelines, except with little text and no ads. Users will have a large cover image that’s a collage of their old Instagram­ shots. Their profile photo is on the right side, and their snapshots cascade down the page.

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Facebook has insisted since it bought Instagram this year that it will keep it running as a separate service. That still appears to be the case.

The Instagram Web pages don’t link to Facebook and don’t ask users to log in using their Facebook accounts.

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