Instagram gained functions and started testing new features in July. Stories gained new filters that use augmented reality and a new sticker for questions and answers among users, betting even more on interactivity. Direct messages, which already showed whether users were online, now also display a green symbol to highlight active status.
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The app also released news that may be coming soon, such as a form to request the blue seal of verified account and also allows you to remove followers without them knowing it. Check out all the Instagram news announced in July.
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Instagram Stories questions sticker Photo: Rodrigo Fernandes / TechTudo
Stories got a new sticker, called "Ask a question", which encourages even more interactivity between friends. When published, the sticker displays an open field for followers to ask what they want. Then, the profile owner can share the questions anonymously in new posts, so that everyone can see their answers. It is possible to edit the sticker, changing the standard phrase, colors and placement in the Story.
2. Augmented reality filters
New animated Instagram filters use augmented reality in Stories Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
Announced in May, the augmented reality filters were officially launched in July. Unlike the existing facial masks, it is now possible to fix animated elements to the environment and play with the interactivity of each effect. According to Facebook, owner of the social network of photos, in addition to Instagram's own filters, the effects may be created in partnership with famous personalities and companies, but these elements have not yet been made available in Brazil.
Alert will appear in the middle of the feed and should divide recent and old publications Photo: Reproduo / Instagram
Seeking to alert users about excessive time spent on the social network, Instagram now displays a warning with the message That's it: you've seen all the new posts from the past two days. The measure warns that there are no more news to see in the feed and that the user can leave the social network, if he wants. The change was created thinking about users who are unable to control the use of the app and end up spending too much time rolling the feed, even though there is nothing interesting about the FoMo syndrome.
4. Symbol warns you that you are online
Status alert now appears in different areas of Instagram Photo: Divulgao / Instagram
A new symbol warns you if the user is online in the app. A green circle will be displayed next to the profile photo in various areas of the application, such as in direct messages or when sending posts through the DM. Previously, it was only possible to view this status when accessing the Directs, which showed the status of "active" next to each conversation. If the user wants, it is possible to disable the option to remain hidden on the social network.
5. Boto Mute silences friends
To use Mute, click on the three dots next to the post and select what you want to mute Photo: Divulgao / Instagram
Now it is possible to silence the posts of the friends' feed. The Mute button was announced in May, but became available in July. With the function, the user no longer sees in the feed the photos and videos posted by certain profiles, without failing to follow them, avoiding conflicts or unpleasant situations that may interfere in the friendship, the silenced friend will also not be warned about the action. To see photos and videos of someone silenced, I need to go directly to the person's profile.
Instagram tests function of removing follower without the person knowing Photo: Nicolly Vimercate / TechTudo
Instagram started testing in Brazil the function that allows you to remove people from the list of followers without having to block them. The measure is done in a subtle way, without notifying the user that it has been removed, and makes it no longer possible to see your posts, having to send a new follow request to return to viewing your photos and videos. The feature was announced as a less aggressive way to remove unwanted people, without having to make the account private.
7. Verified account easier
Verified Instagram account indicated next to the name on the profile Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Giantomaso
The social network began to test, in Australia, the possibility of the user requesting the blue seal of verified account within the platform itself through a form located in the settings. To start the verification process, you need to provide your username and an official document with photo, showing your full name and date of birth, but even so, Instagram does not guarantee that all accounts will be verified. and exclusivity within the network. There is no forecast for the effective function or distribution to other countries, such as Brazil.