Instagram bringing place, people and hashtag search to the web

Instagram web search

Following an update last month that added expanded search options to its mobile app, Facebook-owned Instagram has now started rolling out place search and other search-related enhancements for its web version, the company announced Monday.

The new search features are currently rolling out to a subset of Instagram’s installed base before going live for everyone so they may not be available to you just yet.

Available at the top of the web interface on, an expanded search allo lets you quickly find certain people, specific places and hashtags. Of course, place search uses Facebook’s location database and the results are linked to that location.

The same goes for hashtag search as you can click on results to land on their respective hashtag pages. On the downside, viewing trending people and places is not supported on Instagram’s web interface yet.

Needless to say, place search cannot find non-geotagged photos.

I use Instagram on my iPhone for the most part, but there are times when I like it better on my MacBook Air’s bigger screen. With the ability to search for tagged photos and quickly find content from specific people or places, I think I’ll be resorting to Instagram’s web interface even more going forward.

Instagram for iPhone gained place search last month, in addition to an enhanced Explore tab with trending tags and places around you, curated selections of hand-picked places and people and other perks.

Instagram is available free in the App Store.

The app includes a WatchKit component with a glance, rich notifications and an Apple Watch app but to this date lacks a native iPad interface.

Source: Instagram