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…)
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…)
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…)
Instagram is rolling out Event Channels via the Explore tab inside of the Android and iOS apps. With this feature, users can watch video clips and view photos from live events taking place across the world. For example, if a super hot Adele concert is taking place or a big sports match, you can expect to see videos for it coming straight to your device. (more…)
Snapchat introduced Stories this morning. Oh, wait, I mean Instagram. Let’s try this again. Instagram introduced Stories this morning, a feature that 100% copies Snapchat’s Stories feature. With Instagram Stories, users can upload different clips and shots into the same Story, then share that Story with whoever they want on Instagram. If this sounds like Snapchat Stories, it should, because it’s the exact same thing. (more…)
Instagram announced this morning that the service has hit 500 million users, with 300 million of those people using it every day. That’s a lot of dinner pictures. Additionally, 80% of users are currently outside of the US, making Instagram truly a global service, allowing folks to get a look at the experiences of friends from all across the world. (more…)