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Instagram now supports links and landscape/portrait images in direct messages

Instagram isn't just for posting pictures of food anymore. Whether you like it or not, the app has branched out to become a Snapchat competitor too, and now its direct messaging abilities are getting an upgrade.

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Instagram 10.22 adds Location and Hashtag Stories to the Explore tab [APK Download]

Instagram created a carbon copy of Snapchat stories last year, but now the company is making them far more discoverable. In a blog post, Instagram announced that Stories will now be accessible by location and hashtags.

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Instagram introduces face filters, new camera features, and hashtag stickers

Instagram is getting some new features to appeal to your creative side. If you've been dying for some face filters for your posts or Direct messages, you can now have them. More features are also being added, like video rewind and hashtags right on the Stories that you post. Sounds... engaging.

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Instagram has a new mobile web app, with the ability to upload photos

Not too long ago, Twitter released 'Twitter Lite,' a progressive web app version of the official Twitter app. It can do almost everything the native app can, including notifications, but it uses less data and runs entirely in a web browser. Now Instagram has done something similar, with the new web app offering much of the native app's functionality.

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Instagram's offline mode for Android is official

We've known about Instagram's plans to add offline capabilities to its app for a couple of months, and yesterday the news was made official at the Facebook Developer Conference (F8). Instagram is testing offline mode in regions with limited bandwidth to make the app more approachable and adapted to the demands of users there. According to the company, 80% of its community is outside of the US and many of these users are on lesser optimized networks, so making sure the app works when there's slow or no connectivity became a crucial feature to implement.

The way this works is when you're offline, you can still view the preloaded content and several of the app's sections (feed, explore, personal profile, previously visited profiles, etc) and you can interact with them.

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Instagram's new collections allow organizing saved posts

For the socially-savvy, Instagram's new collections feature is bound to be a useful addition for de-cluttering your saved posts. Now, you can categorize each as you like with custom labels, making post-hoarding a much more organized endeavor.

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Instagram Stories now has more users than Snapchat

Once upon a time, Instagram was just for sharing photos, mostly of food. But over the past year or so, the app greatly expanded in functionality. Live streaming is now supported, multi-photo posts have been added, and the app now has Snapchat-like disappearing photos and videos.

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Instagram Direct takes a page from Snapchat with disappearing photos and videos

Instagram Direct was added a while back to allow you to have conversations with other Instagram users in a more private setting. Now, Instagram is adding some features you're probably familiar with from Snapchat—you can send images and videos that self-destruct after being viewed. Regular photos can still be sent as well, though.

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Facebook is cracking down on revenge porn in its Messenger, Instagram, and main platforms

Facebook is taking steps to help crack down on and reduce the damage done by revenge porn. The new tools introduced today will allow the company to prevent any unauthorized images from being shared once reported by users.

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Instagram 10.12 allows you to save live video after broadcasting it

Instagram Live is one of several ways to live stream from your phone, but it always had one catch - you couldn't save the broadcast after it was over. Both Periscope and YouTube mobile streaming support this feature. Thankfully, Instagram now allows you to save live video after the broadcast is over.

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