Instagram might soon add 'Portrait mode'

We recently reported that Instagram could potentially add voice and video calls to its app. However, it seems like there’s even more stuff hidden in the application’s code – a Portrait mode icon has been found, hinting at the feature’s possible appearance.

Portrait mode simulates the look you’d get out of a professional camera by blurring the background in your photos, thus making the subject stand out. While it was popularized by the iPhone, the feature can now be found on many Android models as well, including the Galaxy Note 8 and the Google …

Instagram voice and video calls might get released soon

Social media Instagram might release video and voice call features soon to increase the functionality of the app to an even greater extent.
News has surfaced after an APK teardown in which a couple of icons and files were spotted, presumably hinting at the upcoming features. The files and icons have the names “voice call” and “video call” respectively, which is more than enough to tell what’s coming. Voice and video calls are already available on Instagram’s biggest rival – Snapchat, so it makes sense for the social media to include that …

Instagram Direct is getting new replay options to better compete with Snapchat

Instagram plans to introduce a couple of new features for Direct, which are meant to make the app more competitive in the instant messaging market. If you’ve been using Instagram Direct, then you already know how to use replay with messages, but if not here is a quick recap.

With Instagram Direct, you can replay temporarily all messages you receive before they would completely disappear, unlike Snapchat that allows its users to replay photo and video messages but with no possibility to disable the option.

Well, it looks like a new update will add a new set of replay options for those …

More ads are coming to Instagram Stories soon, but you can still swipe away

If you are an avid Instagram user, you’ve probably noticed the various business ads that have slowly began creeping into Instagram’s own Stories. Fortunately, these are quite user-friendly and can be easily dismissable by simply swiping away. Until now, Instagram allowed businesses to insert only one piece of a photo or video in their story, but this is soon going to change.

A new change was announced to Instagram’s Carousel ads today and it’s a pretty major one – ads in Stories will no longer be limited to a single slide of media but three, which marks an important change for …

Report: Video chats coming to Instagram

According to a report that was published today, Instagram is working on a feature that will allow users to communicate with each other via a video chat. The icon to initiate this will only appear if the user is already engaged in an active chat with the member who will be participating in the video chat. If an Instagram user doesn’t accept a request for a regular chat, the icon for video will not appear, and no video chat will be possible.

The report adds that the UI for Instagram video calls hasn’t leaked since the entire package is still under development. The launch of Instagram video …

Scheduled posts arrive to Instagram for Business, but there's a catch

Are you large business that’s striving to become even bigger on Instagram? If yes, then some of your prayers have just been answered!

A new update to the Instagram API now allows corporations which make use of third-party software to manage their Instagram posts and stories will be able to schedule posts that will automatically go live at a scheduled time. This is a pretty important new feature that will easily improve said businesses reach a wider audience since Instagram’s mysterious algorithms tend to favor regular posting practices.

The “gotcha” with this new …

Starting today, you can add GIF stickers to your Instagram stories

Instagram is always working on improving the user experience by making little changes or additions to the app. Starting today, those who post stories on Instagram will get another tool to use that can make the content they post more interesting to view. Instagram is now allowing stories to contain GIF stickers, which you can easily find through GIPHY. And if that isn’t enough to make you jump for joy, you will soon be able to upload stills and videos of any size, which means that your contributions won’t have to be edited to fit the current portrait layout.

To add an animated GIF sticker …

Here's how you can prevent your friends and family from seeing when you were on Instagram last

This past week, Instagram added a new feature that allows users to find out when their friends or family last signed on to the app. This will allow you to keep tabs on people you follow or have sent messages to in the past. Word to the wise, this new service is activated by default. And this means that all of the Instagram users who follow you are able to keep tabs on how long it has been since you last opened the Instagram app.

If you think that this is giving away too much information, you can decide to disable the feature. All you have to do is follow these directions. Click on your profile …

17 Instagram accounts showcase how important feminism is in 2018


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There’s no surprise that feminism was the word of the year in 2017. After 2016’s political rollercoaster, people began using their voices, platforms, and actions to demand change. 

However, the overwhelming demand to stay in touch with what’s going on in the world can be exhausting especially when it comes to social media. But, there are many accounts using their online presence to spread more good than bad.

They’ve made it their job to promote empowerment, information and overall positivity for the next 12 months.  Read more…

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Because of course: Instagram might soon allow you to add Giphy GIFs to your Stories

In case your Instagram stories have felt a bit lackluster recently, a new change might soon allow you to spice thins up by including a GIF inside, graciously supplied by Giphy. All facts seem to be pointing out that Instagram and Giphy are partnering up to bring the latter’s vast content library to the super-popular social network. 

Select users have noticed that they can search Giphy’s coffers straight from the story-creation interface within Instagram, but as of now, it seems to be soft-launched to select average Joes only and not included into any widely-available version …