Instagram received several news over the month of August. The application changed the verified account application procedure and launched tools to control the time spent on the platform. In addition, the poll function reached private conversations on Direct and the use of other programs to log in in two steps on the social network is now allowed. The service also started testing a new way of suggesting profile posts not followed by the user at the end of the feed. Check out a summary of the highlights of Instagram this past month.
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Instagram brought updates to the feed, private conversations and app settings in August Photo: Nicolly Vimercate / TechTudo
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1. Time management in the app
On the first day of August, Instagram announced, in partnership with Facebook, a new function to control the time spent on the app. When accessing the "Your activity" menu, the user can obtain a report that tells how many minutes the app has been open per day. From this information, it is possible to create a daily reminder to notify you when a certain limit is exceeded. The novelty would have been tested, at least, since May until it was released to everyone.
Manage time spent on Instagram possible with native function Photo: Divulgao / Instagram
After Stories, it was Instagram Direct's turn to win the poll function. The operation is the same: the user must open the camera tool, add a photo and access the catalog of stickers to select the question and answer resource. The difference is in privacy, since the content is visible only to the recipients of the private message, whether in individual or group conversations.
Polling function was also available on Direct Photo: Reprouo / Marvin Costa
3. Posts recommended for you
Some Instagram users have started to see a new section at the end of the feed, entitled Recommended for you ", with suggestions for profile posts not yet followed. Just scroll down to view the posts suggested by the social network. There is even the option of following the profile and starting to follow the recommended user or brand publications. The feature is being tested, and it also involves displaying old posts by the user at the end of the feed, after recommendations.
New tool recommends content based on users' preferences on Instagram Photo: Divulgao / Instagram
4. Account verified and security improved
Instagram has simplified the account verification procedure, which adds a blue seal next to the name of profiles whose identity has been proven. The process can be carried out by the application itself, by filling in a form with a name and a copy of a personal document with a photo. After internal analysis in order to confirm authenticity, originality and relevance within the social network, the authentication response is sent within the platform.
In the same update, the social network implemented compatibility with third-party applications to log in in two steps. With the novelty, it is possible to dispense with SMS and adopt an app like Google Authenticator to protect the account from attackers. In addition, the company took the opportunity to announce the "Account information" menu, with more details on the social network profiles. The function will be made available in September for large accounts. There is still no date set for the resource to reach the entire community.
User can request blue seal of verified account within the settings of Instagram Photo: Reproduo / Instagram
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