Not content to simply absorb all of Snapchat's features, Facebook-owned Instagram is now making a play for the music recommendation/performance demographic and aiming to become a hotspot for Live Q&As. The platform has introduced a feature into Stories (the ephemeral feed at the top of the app) that lets users request, receive, and jam out to song suggestions, as well as a new, more official format for Live Q&A sessions. Read More
Instagram Stories let you send disappearing messages to your friends, but until now, you had to send them to all your friends. That's changing now, though, as Instagram has announced a new feature that lets you pare your audience for certain Stories down to just a select subset of your followers. Read More
Since its acquisition by Facebook, Instagram has increasingly become less about showing people your dog and more about shopping. The platform introduced more new features to that end today, including a shopping list-like "Shopping collection" that lets you save and organize products you see on the platform to buy later. Read More
Securing your account logins with two-factor authentication (2FA) is a very healthy online habit to get into, but it can be annoying when services decide to only send the codes via SMS. An authentication app isn't only more convenient, it's also safer because regular messages could still be intercepted or forwarded. For a while now, Instagram was one of very few accounts I use that only supported 2FA via SMS, but proper authentication app support was promised recently, and now it appears to be rolling out. Read More
Instagram has announced a couple of new features aimed at connecting more users. The first, which the company is calling nametags, are customizable card-like graphics that function like QR codes; scanning a user's nametag from inside the Instagram app will take you to their profile. The other is a directory that sorts users based on their college, letting people connect more easily with classmates. Read More
On days like this, I start wondering whether Instagram is actively trying to sabotage itself. Or, more accurately, if Facebook is actively trying to sabotage Instagram. The photo and video sharing service has been "experimenting" with varied feed content for a long time, sprinkling in sponsored posts and stories and IGTV videos, but the latest server-side test takes the proverbial cake (and smashes it on the face of a puppy — yes, that's how infuriating this is).
When you scroll back enough to see the "You're all caught up" message, you might get two tabs if you're part of the test. Read More