Type Mode for Instagram Stories Replaces Pictures and Videos With Boring Text

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The saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Well, Instagram doesn’t care, introducing Type Mode for Instagram Stories. Now, instead of placing cool photos and videos into your Stories, you can just write text that others will see, and spoiler alert, this kinda sucks. For those who may find this interesting, inside Type Mode you will find various backgrounds and fancy fonts to write whatever is on your mind. Facebook has already done this for its News Feed that you may have seen already, ...

Business Profiles on Instagram Can Now Schedule Posts

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Starting now, business profiles on Instagram can begin scheduling posts, allowing for better management of their “organic presence.” To get started, let’s say you manage a company’s Instagram account. Via marketing partners, you can view a schedule of sorts that can then be filled with predetermined content. If you want a specific post up at a specific time, you can now just schedule it. If engagement is high around a certain time every day, you’ll no longer need to set aside time during that time to ...

Instagram Adds GIF Stickers for Stories, Teases Ability to Change Photo Sizes

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For the people who can’t post enough Stories to Instagram, the app is adding GIF stickers for usage on your photos and videos that go directly into Stories. When selecting a photo or video to add to a Story, you’ll see many GIF stickers to choose from, like funny faces, a dog with sunglasses, a floating cheeseburger, plus plenty more. Not only did Instagram introduce GIF stickers, but they also teased the soon-to-be-released ability to change the size of photos inside of Stories. For example, if you ...

You Can Now Send Live Videos on Instagram in Direct

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As the title suggests, sending live videos through Direct on Instagram is now a thing. You can send your own live videos by hitting the Direct button once your live video has started or send someone else’s live video using the same button. As a viewer of a live video that has been received over Direct, you’ll be able to watch the video if it’s live or you’ll see a “video has ended” message if it has indeed ended. If you aren’t interested in any of that, ...

You Can Now Follow Hashtags on Instagram

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Instagram introduced the ability of following a hashtag this morning, which is major news for #slime lovers and #nofilter connoisseurs. Just like you’d follow an actual person, whenever you follow a hashtag, you’ll see the top results for that particular hashtag in your feed. You’ll even see Stories from them. From what I can tell, you can follow any hashtag, no matter how obscure. Taken from Instagram’s post, “When you find a hashtag you like, open the hashtag page and tap on the follow button. You’ll begin ...

Instagram Testing Separation of Messaging Into Standalone App

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For folks in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay, Instagram is testing a separation of messaging from its photo sharing service. The app is called Direct, and essentially, it’s like Facebook’s move to remove Messenger from the standalone Facebook app. When Direct is installed, the messaging function of the Instagram app disappears. Much like Snapchat, when you open Direct, it goes directly to the camera to help promote sharing. Beyond that, there’s just 2 screens, one for direct messages and one for your profile plus settings ...

Instagram Adds New Stories Highlights Section Right to Your Profile

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Instagram introduced two new features for its oh-so-popular photo sharing app this week — Stories Highlights and Stories Archive. Stories Highlights is the big new feature, which is a new part of your actual profile that others see. In this space, you can highlight Stories that you’d like others to have easy access to. Basically, if you use Stories a lot, you can make compilation Stories from past videos you have shared. For example, if you want to highlight all of the neighborhood dogs you love, ...

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 ...