Go Live With a Friend on Instagram Thanks to Latest Update

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Thanks to a new update (Version 20, to be exact), users of Instagram can now fire up a Live broadcast with a friend, a feature that’s been in testing since August. Let’s say you want to do a little Instagram show with a friend being your guest. Simply fire up the Live video, tap on the new icon in the bottom right of the screen, “Add” whichever friend you’d like, then get to broadcasting. You can remove your guest and add a new guest at any ...

Instagram Intros Real-Time Polls for Stories

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Launching this week inside of Instagram, users can now add polls to their Stories! With this, you can ask a question, then receive votes in real time, helping you decide on things you may be asking about. Can’t decide what type of donut to eat? Ask a poll question. Need help determining an outfit for your job interview? Ask a poll question. On top of polls, Instagram announced new tools to help make you a bit more creative: a color picker for text and brushes and ...

Instagram Intros Face Filters for Live Videos

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Globally rolling out over the next few weeks, you can now utilize Face Filters when streaming via Instagram Live. That’s right! With this, you can change yourself into a kitten or rainbow unicorn for all of your followers to see in real-time. To get in on this amazingness, when inside of Instagram Live, tap on the “Face” button in the bottom right. Once enabled, you can swipe through the different filters and have all of the fun you can imagine. Detailed in the announcement, “You can ...

Sharing Instagram Stories Directly With Friends Just Got Easy

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In case you found an awesome Story on Instagram that your BFF needs to see, the service just made it really easy to share said story right through Direct. As an example, if you find a story you want to share, you’ll see the “Direct” icon on the bottom right of all stories, so long as the original Story account allows for sharing. Once you click that paper airplane icon, your list of friends will come up, with the Story being sent directly to their message ...

Instagram Comments Get Threaded for Easier Communication

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Moving forward, comments on Instagram will be placed in threads, making the whole commenting situation on the photo and video-sharing service so much more lovely. For example, if you’re commenting a friend on Kim K’s latest post, all of your comments will be threaded together, allowing for the full context of your conversation to be previewed. If you know how the current comment system is, which is where each comment is posted as a new comment to the bottom of the single thread, this new implementation ...

Instagram Brings Photo, Video Replies to Stories

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Instagram is rolling out the ability to send video and photo replies to Stories this week, making the experience of Stories a bit more than just a one way street. For example, if you’re watching a friend’s Story and want to reply to something in particular, you can tap the camera button, shoot a reply, then get back to finishing the Story. When you’re making your reply, you can make a photo, video or Boomerang, then access all of the same editing tools as you’re used ...

Instagram to Begin Auto-Blocking Offensive Comments and Spam

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In an effort to help curb offensive and spam comments, Instagram will begin to utilize machine learning and updated filters. With the use of these, whenever an offensive or spam comment is made, it goes straight to purgatory, never to be seen by other users. If you’re someone who doesn’t mind a good ribbing or may want to view the hate speech, there is an on/off switch in the settings menu. Simply toggle the “Hide Offensive Comments” switch. As for spam, which is rampant on the service, ...

You Can Now Send a Replay of Your Live Video to Instagram Stories

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Instagram announced this morning that it has 250 million daily users on Stories. That’s an impressive number. To go along with that, with the latest update to the Android and iOS app, you can now share your finished live video to Stories for 24 hours, a function that hasn’t been available until now. To put this simply, if you’ve just wrapped up a live video where you interacted with friends and had a blast, you can immediately share that live video to Stories, allowing anyone and ...