Instagram keeps on bringing updates so as to ease the
functionality of the main app and make it even better.
It’s for the fact that users stick to apps only if it’s able to keep up with the trend and user expectations.
And if someone has been using social media for a while now it’s nothing new for them to spot a feature that started first in one app and became a crucial part of the other.
From the popular Instagram story feature that was rolled out in competition app Snapchat to implementation of IGTV that bearded quite a resemblance with that of YouTube.
Apps keep upgrading and adding the popular features of other competition apps.
So does Instagram!
It is for this reason the company is currently carrying tons of testing process of various different features some of which we would cover in this article today.
Jane Manchung Wong, a reverse engineer from Hong-Kong who finds unreleased features and security vulnerabilities in popular apps spotted many Instagram features that the company is currently testing out.
As per reverse engineer Jane Wong, Instagram is working on the “Videos over 60s” filter for video picker.
What this ‘Video over 60s’ would do is that it would help users filter out videos that are over sixty seconds from the available list of videos.
Launched this week as ‘Guides’ on Instagram, the new feature was rolled as a spot where users could find recommendations, tips, and other useful content from their favorite creators, publishers, and organizations on Instagram.
What exactly are Instagram “Guides”?
Guides are just like what I would say a step by step process of an activity or recommendations. When viewing a guide, users would notice a collection of posts and videos (often from different people) that influencers or organizations have curated with a heading explained with a few lines of text.
Instagram is doggedly persisting to cater new means that could help small businesses and companies to get through this tough time.
COVID-19 has not only
stopped the movement of common people and brought everything to rest, but it
also crashed some of the biggest economies in the world.
The economy crisis leads to
more poverty and hunger which ultimately puts a huge load on NGOs working for a
cause to increase their performance exponentially.
More the pressure on these NGOs, more they need your financial support so as to facilitate everything in such a short span.
It is for this reason Instagram now rolled out their ‘Donation’ feature; however, this time in Instagram Live.
Post-updating your Instagram app, users would now be able to use the option to raise funds for respective NGOs.
“Many people are facing challenges at this time, and we want to do our part to support nonprofits and communities who need it the most. Now, you can easily create a fundraiser on Live with 100% of the money raised going directly to the nonprofit of your choice.”
Back in 2015, parent company Facebook rolled out an account memorialization feature that made it possible for user’s family and close friends to memorialize account if they die.
The feature was excessively abused in the name of prank and many
of the Facebook users memorialized their friend’s accounts just for fun.
Facebook soon paid attention to this and made it a compulsion for
users to submit a death-proof for an account to be memorialized.
The same feature is now all set to roll out on Instagram too in
the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak that took away thousands of lives.
Post this feature rolls out, YOU will notice a ‘Remembering’ banner under the username of the person who lost their lives during this phase and is no longer in this world.
Liza Crenshaw, a spokesperson for Instagram told BuzzFeed News– “We’ve been working on these updates for some time, though this is one — among others — that we’ve accelerated in light of COVID-19 to help support our community during a difficult time,”
The feature was first spotted by Jane Manchung Wong, a reverse engineer from Hong Kong, who finds unreleased features and security vulnerabilities inside popular web applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
Unless you are one of those who don’t follow even a single
celebrity or influencer on the platform, you would have noticed such challenges
popping up now and then.
Be it the #mdvfitnesschallenge…
Or the current popular #standupchallenge!
Everyone on Instagram is following the lead and continuing this cycle.
That being said, there has been an exponential increase in the number of people taking up these challenges especially following the recent outbreak of COVID-19 which confined people within four walls of their room.
As a result, people are looking for new approaches to do things they used to do earlier in normal life.
Giving birth to such new challenges.
Instagram is a mastermind.
It fathoms what its users want according to a particular situation or
It is for this reason it executes its efforts in the directions that bring more engagement on their platform.
Not so surprisingly, Instagram rolled out a NEW sticker named “CHALLENGE” in their story section that is particularly meant for challenging people on Instagram.