Instagram is testing a new way of navigating through posts – by tapping through them, just like users tap through Stories.
The new navigation system sees users tapping the sides of the screen instead of scrolling up and down with their finger to advance forwards and backwards between posts, which can get tiring after a while.
By eliminating thumb swipe fatigue and ensuring the full post always appears on screen, testing tap-to-advance in Explore could get us spending more time on Instagram https://t.co/l2yIHAHUkC pic.twitter.com/Mr0khQQATH
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Instagram today debuted a new feature called „Nametag,“ which is a customizable identification card that’s designed to allow people to easily find your Instagram profile when it’s scanned.
The Nametag feature makes it simpler for people who you meet in real life to follow you on Instagram. You can set up your Nametag by going to your profile, tapping the hamburger button at the top, and selecting the „Nametag“ option.
Nametags can be personalized with various colors, emojis, selfies, and stickers.
Scanning a Nametag is done within the Instagram app through swiping right into the camera or tapping on the camera and [...]
Facebook-owned social network Instagram is testing a feature that would allow location data collected by Instagram to be shared with Facebook, reports TechCrunch.
A prototype Location History being tested within Instagram suggests that a Location History stored when Location Services is turned on in the Instagram app will be used to bolster Facebook’s ad targeting. From the setting:
Allows Facebook Products, including Instagram and Messenger, to build and use a history of precise locations received through Location Services on your devices.
The feature was discovered by a TechCrunch reader who often digs into new functionality that Instagram is testing. [...]
Instagram today announced two major updates to the shopping feature in the Instagram app that’s designed to allow users to make purchases directly from Instagram.
Shopping within Stories, a feature that began rolling out in June, is expanding to businesses across 46 countries. When watching Stories from brands, items that are featured can be tapped so you can learn more about them.
Instagram is also adding a new Shopping channel in the Explore section of the Instagram app that’s personalized to each individual user. The Shopping channel is located alongside other topic channels, and it will feature brands you follow and brands you might like.