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Karaoke is Coming To Instagram Stories

Instagram will soon add a karaoke feature to its Stories as a way to reel teen users into the app, according to TechCrunch. The feature is set to compete with another Gen Z favorite, TikTok. Instagram users can use the feature through the Music lens or with the Music sticker when posting to their stories. Lyrics pop up on the video as they are recited in songs, giving viewers more ways to interact with their favorite content creators. This latest update highlights increased interest in Instagram Stories. Outside of expanding its in-app shopping function , the company has focused on creating new experiences with the feature. Stories have been so successful within Instagram, other platforms have created their own story-like features in an attempt to keep more users tapping through their apps. Facebook and WhatsApp have their own stories that are identical to Instagram’s, while Spotify and Netflix are testing out the feature to give the apps a social media feel. Spotify’s newest...

Arriana McLymore

Jun 7, 2019

Instagram May Be Planning To Remove Like Counts From Posts

As an app that’s easy to get sucked into, Instagram seems to be well aware of the psychological impact it has on its audiences. Last year, the app even added a screen time feature so users could track their time spent in it. Instagram may be introducing another update to change how users interact with it. A recently discovered code shows that Instagram may soon take away Like counts from posts, according to TechCrunch . The design update was spotted by Jane Manchun Wong, who shared it in a tweet . “We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get,” Instagram said to TechCrunch. “During this test, only the person who shares a post will see the total number of likes it gets.” The update is a prototype that is currently unavailable to the public. Instagram is testing hiding like count from audiences, as stated in the app: "We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get" — Jane Manchun...

Arriana McLymore

Apr 19, 2019

Instagram Adds New Checkout Features For Shoppers

Shopping on Instagram just got a lot easier. The app has added a new checkout feature. Users can now buy from their favorite store directly through the app. H&M, ColourPop Cosmetics, Nike and other brands are already using the feature to cash in on customers. Merchants will have to pay a fee to sell their items through the app, which make it another benefit for Instagram’s business offerings. Users can store their PayPal, Mastercard and Visa payment information within the app. The newest feature comes almost a week after Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp crashed following a “ server configuration change.” Some users who run their businesses solely through Instagram ran to Twitter to complain about how the crash negatively impacted their engagement and sales numbers for the day. “Once your first order is complete, your information will be securely saved for convenience the next time you shop,” Instagram said on its blog. “You’ll also receive notifications about shipment and delivery...

Arriana McLymore

Mar 19, 2019

Instagram Has Its Eyes on A Feature That Allows Users to Co-Watch Videos

Hidden in Instagram’s messenger feature is code that allows users to co-watch videos and other content with friends, according to TechCrunch. The feature is similar to Facebook’s Watch Party code, which was also discovered by TechCrunch. Instagram’s co-watch code could have some outstanding impacts on how much time people spend on the app. Over the years, the platform has focused on more features that keep users scrolling without requiring them to actually post content. The co-watch feature also highlights some of Instagram’s moves to build communities and spend time with friends without face-to-face interactions. Other features like group and video chats have motioned the company in that direction. Like most features on Instagram, there may be a catch. Having a co-watch feature could open the door for more targeted advertisements on the platform. Ads now have a notable presence on Instagram compared to previous years. They are interwoven between Instastories, regular video and...

Arriana McLymore

Mar 8, 2019

Instagram Users Just Received An Update From Hell... And Now It's Gone

On Thursday, Instagram users received a surprise update requiring them to tap and scroll horizontally to navigate their newsfeed. Users quickly responded with disapproval on Twitter. Instagram’s Head of Product Adam Mosseri said on Twitter that the update was a test that went left. “That was supposed to be a very small test that went broad by accident,” Mosseri said in a tweet. “Should be fixed now. If you’re still seeing it simply restart the app.” Mosseri also responded to others who reacted to the update via Twitter. Since they had his attention some decided to ask what’s up with bringing chronological order back to the platform. Sorry about that, this was supposed to be a very small test but we went broader than we anticipated. ? — Adam Mosseri (@mosseri) December 27, 2018 Also while you’re at it plz roll back to chronological feeds — Alex Heath (@alexeheath) December 27, 2018 Here’s how much some Instagram users hated the update in a short amount of time: #Instagram after they...

Arriana McLymore

Dec 27, 2018

Instagram is Now More Accessible to the Visually Impaired

On Wednesday, Instagram announced it is releasing new features to help visually impaired users enjoy the app. The company revealed the new automatic and custom alternative text features in a blog post. The automatic alternative text feature allows users to hear descriptions of content posted on their Feed, Explore and Profile pages. Using Facebook’s object recognition technology, descriptions will be read for those using a screen reader to use Instagram–accessible through “Advanced Settings” located on the bottom of the screen after editing a post. The second new feature, custom alternative text, allows users to add detailed descriptions when posting photos. Photo: Instagram Instagram’s announcement comes after other apps like South Africa’s BeSpecular began helping the visually-impaired with day-to-day activities. Instagram said these are just the first steps toward improvement and providing a more accessible platform.

Arriana McLymore

Nov 29, 2018