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 ...

Instagram Rolling Archive Feature Out to All Users

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The Archive feature that first popped up for select Instagram users a few weeks ago is now rolling out to all users, according to the latest announcement from the company. With Archive, users can essentially hide whatever media they want from their profile, such as old photos or videos. Archiving does not delete the content, though. Instead, it simply hides it, while still preserving the “Like” count and comments. To archive media, select a photo or video, then press on the three dot button. The top option ...