Instagram brings search functionality to their browser experience, finally

That de facto square crop is today synonymous with all things Instagram. Being the go-to app for people even remotely interested in sharing via photographs, Instagram has been known for doggedly holding on to its roots of being an app-first experience.

All of that started changing gradually when they opened up access to the service via their website, but not being able to search on the site effectively muted the experience, resulting in only passive browsing abilities for desktop users.

All of that has now changed; Instagram has finally added the ability to deep search their image stream, including results from hashtags, user profiles and locations. The search is real-time: as you type in the search term into the conveniently located filed at top-center, a drop down list appears with matching entries listed, each with an icon indicating one of the three result types.