Instagram has new Superzoom and GIFs on Direct; see what's new in September | Social networks

Instagram gained new effects in the Superzoom filter of Stories such as heart animations, fire and pop-art, added a shortcut for faster comments on posts, a new shopping button, in addition to allowing the sending of GIFs in Direct messages. The platform also invested in security and announced a guide to support parents with teenage children on the social network. Check out below all the features released by Instagram in September and stay informed about everything new on the network.

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Instagram released news in September Photo: Carolina Oliveira / dnetcInstagram released news in September Photo: Carolina Oliveira / dnetc

Instagram released news in September Photo: Carolina Oliveira / dnetc

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1. New Superzoom effects

Fire simulation as a superzoom effect for Instagram Stories Photo: Reproduction / Marvin CostaFire simulation as a superzoom effect for Instagram Stories Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Fire simulation as a superzoom effect for Instagram Stories Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

In Stories, the Superzoom filter gained six new options of animated effects, and they are: "Hearts", "Paparazzo", "Fire", "No", "Sadness" and "Surprise", each one shows a different animation and soundtrack . "Coraes", for example, applies various passionate hearts to the canvas, accompanied by romantic music. As for "Paparazzo", it simulates the capture of several consecutive photos, common in the approach of photographers to celebrities. The old filters ("TV Show", "Beats", "Dramatic" and "Vai e Volta") remain active and all of them can be used both in the rear camera and in selfies.

Instagram now has an emoji bar in the comment area Foto: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesInstagram now has an emoji bar in the comment area Foto: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Instagram now has an emoji bar in the comment area Foto: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

It was easier to comment photos from the Instagram feed with emojis. The social network started to show a row of faces at the bottom of the screen, right after the space for comments. The emoji bar is displayed even if the keyboard is not open. To use, just touch the desired picture and send. The cones are personalized and vary according to the frequency of use. The objective is to propose an even more personal experience for each user.

3. Teen safety guide

Guia para Pais presents Instagram's main security tools Photo: Divulgao / InstagramGuia para Pais presents Instagram's main security tools Photo: Divulgao / Instagram

Guia para Pais presents Instagram's main security tools Photo: Divulgao / Instagram

Instagram has released a guide with guidelines that can help parents of teenagers live in a safe environment within the social network. The tool was developed in partnership with educational organizations and involved with psychological health. The guide focuses on three aspects of usage: privacy management, interactions and time on the social network. The idea is to assist those responsible for dialogue with their children about their experience on the platform. For this, it is available from a glossary with famous terms on Instagram to the main security functions of the app.

4. Buy button in Stories

Now user can shop through Instagram Stories Photo: Divulgao / InstagramNow user can shop through Instagram Stories Photo: Divulgao / Instagram

Now user can shop through Instagram Stories Photo: Divulgao / Instagram

Companies and commercial profiles can now insert buttons with details of their products and links to purchases within the Stories publications. The feature already worked on the feed's posts and reached transient publications, which last 24 hours. According to Instagram, the novelty seeks to facilitate the purchase and sale of products on the platform, an activity more and more frequent among users.

5. GIFs in Direct messages

Instagram allows you to send GIFs in Direct Foto messages: Divulgao / Instagram

Instagram allows you to send GIFs in Direct Foto messages: Divulgao / Instagram

Instagram implemented GIFs in Direct messages. To send an animation, just touch the new button added in the typing bar. Then, the user can select the desired figure among the most popular at the moment or search for a specific theme in the search field. It is still possible to send a random animation to surprise the friend. The catalog used by Giphy, the same applied to the Stickers of Stories.

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