Instagram introduces new ways to share and connect

Instagram has announced new ways to share content on 'Stories,' connect with friends over videos, and discover new interests on 'Explore.'

Popular image and video-sharing platform, Instagram, on May 3, announced new ways to share content on 'Stories,' connect with friends over videos, and discover new interests on 'Explore.' The platform also announced measures to protect Instagrammers from bullies.

Sharing to Stories

From a sticker of one's new favourite song on Spotify to action shots from GoPro, it's now easy to share what one is up to or how they are feeling by posting directly to Instagram Stories from other apps. More apps will be adding the sharing to Stories feature soon.

Just tap the share button in the Spotify or GoPro app and the content is pulled directly into the Instagram camera. From there one can edit and add to their story or send it via Direct. One does not need to connect their Instagram account to other apps in order to share to Stories.

Camera effects platform for Instagram

Face filters, text styles and stickers help turn casual moments into experiences one can't wait to share. Instagram is now unlocking the ability for third parties to design unique, interactive camera experiences for their followers.

That means that one can turn any video into an NBA dunk cam or add a cloud of hearts and Pomeranians to fluff up their photo. Further, more fun creative effects from one's favourite accounts are coming soon, including Ariana Grande, Baby Ariel, Liza Koshy, Vogue, and Buzzfeed.

Video Chat

More than 100 million Instagrammers watch or share on Live every day. But the community sometimes also wants to experience real-time video in a smaller group.

In the coming weeks, Instagram will bring video chat to its platform and give friends a new way to spend time together - even when they aren't actually together. To start a video chat, simply tap the new camera icon at the top of a Direct thread. One can chat one-on-one or with a small group - and they can keep the conversation going for as long as they like. Further, one can also minimise the video and continue the chat while doing other things on Instagram. Video chat is testing now and will roll out globally soon.

The New Explore

People come to Explore every day to discover new ideas, people, and experiences. And now the redesigned Explore makes discovery even easier.

It will still be personalised, but the content will now be organised into topic channels so that one can browse across their interests and go deeper into any area they like. The new Explore will be rolling out over the coming weeks. Further, Instagram will filter bullying comments intended to harass or upset people on the platform.

In 2017, Instagram had announced an offensive comment filter, which would automatically hide toxic and divisive comments, particularly those aimed at at-risk groups. This new filter hides comments containing attacks on a person's appearance or character, as well as threats to a person's well-being or health.

The bullying filter is on for the global community and can be disabled in the Comment Controls centre in the app. The new filter will also alert Instagram to repeated problems so that the company can take action.

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( Source : ANI )
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