Monday, 20 August, 2018

Instagram Announces Video Chat, New Explore, Sharing to Stories, Camera Effects Platform

Facebook and Instagram users can now share to Stories directly from GoPro and Spotify Instagram Will Reportedly Get These Five New Features for Stories and Posts
Glenn Montgomery | 02 May, 2018, 01:58

Building on that success, the new Explore design is adding topic channels to uncover content on your personal interests and tastes as well as offer more control over content.

Of course, there's no guarantee that any of these features will make their way to Instagram, as they're now just in testing. To initiate the feature, users just need to tap on a new camera icon on the direct messaging thread. "It's awesome how many of these tools are about bringing us together", Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted in his F8 keynote today. Soon, you'll be able to call someone within your DMs and talk to them over a video call. First and foremost is video calling, which is now in a testing phase and will roll out globally in the coming months. Video chat will be available in Instagram Direct and will empower both one-on-one and group conversations.

Instagram is joining the video chat revolution by adding this feature to its platform. The goal of the makeover is to connect users with hashtags and content that they will like.

'That means you turn any video into a National Basketball Association dunkcam or add a cloud of hearts and Pomeranians to fluff up your photo, ' Instagram says. If you see an effect you like being used by someone else, you'll be able to tap "Try it now" in that person's story and add the effect to your tray for later usage.

In September of previous year, Instagram said it had 800 million monthly users.

Explore meanwhile has been redesigned to change the way users discover posts, people and experiences in the app.

Instagram is now testing out the video chat feature and will roll it out globally in the coming weeks. Large businesses will also get access to new tools.

When Instagram announced it would abandon its timeline approach, it said: 'People miss on average 70 percent of their feeds'. If you see a new sticker or filter, you can hit "Try it on", and you'll be able to test it out.

In just days following the announcement, a petition titled Keep Instagram Chronological was born, and it gathered 158,298 supporters in 72 hours.

Instagram is also allowing users to utilize AR camera effects based on their CAmera Effects Platform.

Instagram Stories is getting a new way to share directly to the platform. Starting with Spotify, SoundCloud, and GoPro, third-party apps can now let their users share to Facebook Stories and Instagram Stories.

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