I like Instagram, and I admit that I’m obsessed with Instagram Stories. This app comes up with new features every month and, at times, it’s hard to keep track of them. So, Earlier this month, the social media app released a significant update that lets you highlight and archive your Stories.
Several new features have been released for Instagram this holiday season. Here is a list of some excellent new features that you should know to be on top of your Instagram game.
1.Remix Photo Feature
This Remix feature on Instagram lets you doodle on your friend’s photos. Once someone sends you an image directly, tap the camera icon in the bottom of that message to reply. So, take a snap and send it back.
This original picture sent to you will be included within the photo you reply with. You can draw, add stickers and text on the original image. This even lets you move and resize the photo.
2. New Face Filters & Holiday Stickers
Instagram is encouraging you to enjoy the holiday season with a new set of stickers and face filters. You have new stickers for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.
Well, Jazz your stories up with season stickers like hot chocolate with marshmallow, snowman, cute penguins, and more. So, there are three new festive filters to enjoy as well featuring a frosted holiday makeup, glass effect, a gold-and-silver balloon overlay complete with digital confetti, and much more.
You can now access these face filters by swiping right to open the camera in the application and click the face icon in the bottom-right corner. Move on, spread some holiday love and cheer.
3. Follow Hashtags
You can follow hashtags on Instagram. The opens another door for you to discover theme-specific photos, videos, and people. One aim is to make your favourite content easy to learn.
You will now see relevant hashtags displayed in your search results along with related accounts. So, open the Instagram hashtag page and tap on the follow button. Well, All the top posts from that hashtag in your feed and latest stories in your stories bar will be shown.
Also, You can always unfollow a hashtag at any time. Now, To explore more hashtags, the platform even lets you check out the hashtags other people follow in their profiles.
4. Request to Join Live Video
Instagram already provided users to run live video streams and add guests into their videos. But, you could only invite those who were actively watching the stream. Well, Thanks to a new update people can now request to join your live video.
Anyone who desires to join the live video can tap the “Request” button in the comments section. Though, Once you send a request, you’ll get a confirmation after it’s accepted. Then, your screen will split in half, and you’ll be able to hang out live.
5. New Superzoom Effects
The new Superzoom feature lets you record a 3-second video where the camera quickly zooms in on the subject in focus, & the application adds tense music for dramatic effect. So, With the latest update, you will now see a music icon on top of the Superzoom button. Click on it, & you will see three different effects — Bounce, Beats, and TV Show.
This Bounce effect zooms on the object and adds a cartoonish background noise while Beats adds background music of a party. Meantime, the TV Shows effect zooms on a person & offers an old romantic movie or TV Show vibe.
Features That are Being Tested
Well, In addition to the aforementioned new features, Instagram is also testing a native Regram button. While the name suggests, the app will allow users to reshare images or video to their device from their account without using a third-party app.
A different feature is the new GIF Search for Stories which allows users to search and add GIFs to their Stories or regular posts. Some Regram button would be a great and much-needed addition. Nevertheless, I hope Instagram stays away from GIFs as I don’t think it will go very well with the user interface’s aesthetics, which is more polished than Facebook & Twitter.
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These are amazing nifty features that will help you experiment with your Instagram photos as well as Stories. So, Are you thinking of different scenarios where you can use these features? We would love to know.