This week’s tech news focuses on recent Instagram updates. It’s been almost a year since the network changed the algorithm of the news feed. Users are getting used to the curated feeds, but still grumble for the older chronological version of photos. Since that time Instagram also added Instagram Stories, Instagram Live and stickers and longer video uploads for users’ pleasure.
In recent weeks (and today), Instagram launched new features and abilities for the platform. The information below outlines the changes and current news items.
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1…Face Filters are now on Instagram
Today, Instagram announced the ability to include face filters in the camera. This allow users to add something cool to their selfies. The face filters are similar to the Snapchat “Lenses” that we know and love. Yes, Facebook/Instagram duplicated this concept and made it appropriate for the platform. Read more about the new feature on the Instagram Blog >>> HERE.
2…Upload images to Instagram without using the app
After recent update to the Instagram website, users can now upload images without using the Instagram app. But, there’s a catch. This feature is only available in mobile browsers. This requires users to switch their desktop browser to the mobile version. Read how to do this from Forbes >>> HERE.
3…What is a Shadowban, and are you experiencing it?
The current buzzword around Instagram users and influencers is “Instagram Shadowban.” It’s a hot topic of discussion on forums, like Quora, and in Facebook groups. What is a shadowban? The Instagram Shadowban is when your images are not showing up in the hashtag feed on Instagram Search. This means that only your followers can see you photos, but no one else. Read more about Shadowban and ways to avoid it from Alex Tooby >>> HERE.
In closing, Instagram is making big moves to compete with the competition and to keep the network relatively safe from spam. The face filters could be a game changes. And, the shadowban could be here to stay. Instagram remains one of my favorite social media networks. I’m never ever ever leaving it alone. <<<— in my Taylor Swift voice.
What are your favorite Instagram features at the moment?