Do you find Instagram distracting on your phone? Well, you no longer need the app on your phone in order to create Stories. Instagram is adding support for posting Stories directly from your browser. The downside is that you can’t post videos or use any of the fun filters. But you can post still photos and text overlays. This gives you a way to participate with your Instagram account if you don’t have the room for the account on your phone. Or, like I said if you find it too distracting. What’s also coming to Instagram soon is the ability to save posts. More specifically – through your browser. If there’s a fun recipe you want to remember for later, you can bookmark the post and visit all your saved examples.
There have been a lot of changes to Instagram over the last year and there are likely to be more. On one hand these seem like great improvements, but on the other hand, they appear to be competing with other platforms. The bookmark feature suggests they are trying to compete with Pinterest. While some of these other features are in direct competition with Snapchat. Who seems to be their main rival. I have said many times that I am a bit of an Instagram traditionalist, but that doesn’t mean these features aren’t improvements.
Let’s recap some of the big Instagram updates that we’ve seen over the last year:
Instagram Polling Stickers
This seemed really neat when it first came out, but I haven’t seen many people using it lately. … Read the rest
Instagram seems to be winning in the Snapchat battle. Now they are opening up their version of Stories to any photos and videos in your photo library. Originally, you could only post images and videos that you captured through the app. They then updated the feature to include photos and videos captured within the last 24 hours. What is this going to do? Removing the restriction might encourage more users to share photos and videos with the feature. They are also adding a new date sticker to demonstrate when photos are “in the moment” versus already taken. The stickers feature is optional, however.
The big question is whether or not this will encourage new people to start using this feature. As someone who doesn’t use Instagram Stories, I am kind of intrigued. But as someone who can be extremely stubborn, I’m also not sure that this will win me over. What is neat about the feature is that it allows you to take a picture and enjoy the moment without having to post it right away. Which means – if you’re spending the weekend on a beautiful beach, you can snap as many pictures as you want and then post them Monday morning on your way to the office. (If you’re not driving, that is.)
Photos and videos shared to Stories are still viewable by your followers for 24 hours before they expire. The shift with this feature might not be all that appealing to people. … Read the rest
Instagram recently introduced a new poll feature. It allows users to put a “vote” on their Story. Then their followers can vote on their poll. Apparently, people thought the voting was anonymous. Sorry, friends. That’s the whole point. You poll your followers and everyone can see the results. Some are complaining because they thought it was like Twitter, where the poll results are anonymous. Which makes you wonder whether these should be anonymous or not.
I work in a highly regulated industry, where my organization has to file a compliance report with the government. There are times that we need to provide the government with feedback, without feeling like we are going to be punished for being honest. So, in those, cases it makes sense that we provide anonymous feedback. But this is Instagram. Not a governmental body. They are trying to promote sharing of your story or your ideas. Rather than keeping them private.
Several people panicked on social media when they realized the polls weren’t anonymous. They’re panicked, however, because their answer was rude. Not because their privacy was breached. Should we be taking this so seriously? One Instagram user took to Twitter and said: “Just did a poll on Instagram. Not sure how I feel about seeing people’s answers. Those that said no to seeing my wedding photos. I see you.” That one is funny right? You’re saying what everyone else wants to, but are too afraid to.… Read the rest