Instagram is kicking off the holiday week with two major feature introductions to its apps. Over the next few weeks, users will be able to live stream video to their audiences and followers through Stories, but also send disappearing photos and videos with Instagram Direct to groups and friends.
Live video streams through Stories adhere to the idea of Stories – that your feed refreshes after about 24 hours. As Instagram puts it, the disappearing act of the content you share in Stories lets you “feel more comfortable sharing anything, anytime.” (more…)
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom confirmed this week that the company is working to bring a live video feature at some point in the future. While he gave no specifics on when it may launch, we can expect the live feature to be similar to Facebook Live. If you are in a situation where you wish to stream video to followers, simply open up the Instagram camera, then go live. (more…)
Instagram introduced three new features for Stories today, bringing more interaction with those who follow you, as well as support for shooting Boomerang clips while inside a Story. (more…)
Starting next week, Instagram is going to start rolling out a program that allows brands you follow to open up shop on you within a post. The idea here is to let followers of a brand learn more about items they are seeing without leaving Instagram, but then also offering them a chance to go buy those goods through that brand’s site with a couple of taps. (more…)
Starting today, Instagram users will begin to see Stories inside of the Explore tab. For those who may have missed it, Stories are a collection of photos and videos made by users, just like you would find on Snapchat. (more…)
Citizens of the internet can be pretty rude at times, there’s no hiding that fact. To help its users, Instagram has introduced a new feature that will help you combat these meanies on their platform. Beginning today, users can add custom keywords to a list of words that will be automatically hidden from your photo’s comment section. (more…)
A new pinch-to-zoom feature is headed for Instagram, available now for iOS devices. Naturally, Android device owners will need to stay patient, as Instagram states the feature will come for us in the “coming weeks.” (more…)
Prisma, that one app everyone was talking about for a few days, then was forgot about because Pokemon GO was conquering the world, made an important announcement yesterday. Taking to its Facebook page, the company announced that offline styles will be available for Android users “soon,” while iOS users can apparently benefit from the change already.
The way Prisma works, or at least, did work, was you would send your image up into Prisma’s servers, which would then use a neural net algorithm to produce a stunning work of art based on a style you liked. The process is actually quite complex, and sometimes, the servers would crash and users couldn’t utilize the service. Now, with the move to offline, a device’s onboard CPU will handle the computing, meaning we won’t need to worry about overcrowded servers anymore. It remains to be seen for Android users if this move will be seen as positive or negative. (more…)