Instagram Direct update: support for landscape/portrait orientation and links
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Instagram Direct is a nice way to take advantage of the photo-centric social network in a more private manner. It is great to be able to share with specific people, as opposed to all your followers, but the experience can definitely feel half-baked when compared to other messaging services.
Instagram continues to improve this service and today they are bringing a couple new features to their portfolio. The first is support for sharing images in both landscape and portrait orientation. No longer do you have to worry about cropping images shared from your camera roll. Just share away and let your friends enjoy the full glory of the photo.
The second feature makes it possible to share links. You even get a nice preview of what the link directs to, making it easier to access the URL. It seems ridiculous that this wasn’t supported before, but we suppose it’s better to late than never, right?
You can go grab the version 10.22 update straight from the Google Play Store. Instagram promises more updates to comes throughout the year, but for now you can hit the comments and let us know how you feel about today’s improvements. Do you see yourself taking advantage of these? What else do you wish Instagram Direct could do?
Instagram Stories can now be searched by location, hashtag search coming soon
May 23, 2017: Instagram is adding yet another way to search for content on the social network. The latest update to the app allows users to search inside Instagram Stories via location, and soon will also add searching in Stories via hashtags.
May 17, 2017: Instagram has added another Snapchat-like feature, as users can now put in a number of animated images over their photos and videos. In addition, users can now put videos in reverse. There’s also a new eraser brush in the drawing tools.
May 8, 2017: Instagram has beefed up its mobile website with the ability to upload photos, and a lightweight version of the Explore tab. Previously, users were only able to like posts, follow users, search, and see notifications from the mobile site. Now users can not only upload media to the social network, they can also access a stripped down version of the Explore tab.
Instagram says the web experience is optimized for phones, and designed to help users on slower data connections access the social network. Think of this as a “lite” version of Instagram. Video uploading via the mobile web still isn’t supported, however, nor is posting photos or videos from the desktop site.
Offline mode coming soon
April 19: Instagram announced that it is launching an offline mode to help improve the experience for those with limited internet access. Offline users will be able to “Like” posts, leave comments, save media and unfollow people, all of which will be processed once the user reconnects to the internet. They will also be able to view content previously loaded in their Instagram feed, profiles they’ve previously visited, older versions of their own profile and the Explore tab.
April 19: Instagram users can now save any posts to a private collection. These private collections, which are only visible to the account owner, can be found on the saved posts tab on your Instagram profile. Any post can be saved simply by tapping and holding the bookmark icon underneath that post.
You can create and name a new collection anytime you save one of those posts, or it can simply be saved and added to a collection that’s already been created. Any existing saved posts can also be grouped into a private collection by tapping the plus icon in the top right corner. You will then be asked to give your collection a name and then select the saved posts you want to add to it.
April 13: Instagram added a way to create stickers out of selfie pictures, with the ability to resize them and use different frame styles. It also added new geostickers for residents or travelers in Chicago, London, Madrid and Tokyo. Finally, it added a way to quickly access your recently used stickers just by tapping the smiley face and swiping right.
Introducing disappearing videos and photos
April 11: Instagram is introducing what they call disappearing videos and photos. These videos and photos will show up blue in DMs and can only be played twice. The sender will be notified if the receiver replays the video or takes a screenshot. Those who want to send a disappearing video or photo can swipe left to access Direct, tap the blue camera icon and tap on the arrow to send.
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