Instagram rolls out online green-dot

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Instagram online green-dot

Instagram has rolled out a new feature instagram online green-dot that will tell users when their friends are online. There is option to disable the green dot, which can be accessed from Settings menu on the app.

Instagram will now put a green dot next to profile pictures of their friends as well as people they follow to indicate they are online. The green dot, similar to the green dot on Messenger, will appear in Direct and also while sharing posts via Direct.

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I want to disable it!

There is option to disable the green dot, which can be accessed from Settings menu on the app.

Latest updates on Instagram before the green-dot

Timestamps

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In addition, Instagram will also show recent activity status of users with timestamps such as ‘Active 20m ago’, ‘Active yesterday’, and more.

How to disable?

To disable instagram online green-dot, one will need to open ‘Activity Status’ toggle from the Settings menu. People who disable green dot for their own account will not be able to see activity status of others as well.

Why the update?

“DMing friends and connecting over the content you love is more fun when you know your friends are there to see it. This update gives you the ability to have more of those realtime conversations while giving you the control to hide your status altogether,” Instagram said in a blog post.

Updates you can look forward to:instagram online green-dot

Instagram is reportedly working on a non-SMS, two-factor authentication system that would work with security apps like Google Authenticator. The two-factor authentication system will generate a special login code in case of theft or hacking. Instagram recently added support for adaptive icon for Android users included in the 55.0.0.0.33 alpha Android update. The update allows the Instagram icon shape to change to what the user’s device support.

Instagram explains why we won’t see chronological feed

No more Instagram chronological feed?

What’s the possibility of the news feed reverting back to chronological order?

Sadly (or not), Instagram says the current presentation isn’t going anywhere.

No to chronological feed

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The company has publicly stated that it is not going chronological. Let’s see how are they giving us a better sense of its rationale. The product lead for Instagram’s feed, Julian Gutman, said that Instagram is not thinking about [chronological ordering] at this time.

Why?

Users tend to spend more time in the app when they’re presented with an algorithmic rather than a reverse chronological feed. And that’s not just good for Instagram’s ad revenue  — it also allows users to see the posts that they want to see, even if those photos and videos were posted awhile ago. In fact, Instagram claims that its algorithmic feed allows users to see 90 percent of the posts from their close friends and family, while a reverse chronological feed would only show them about 50 percent of these posts.

Why is chronological feed a option?

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“As we’ve dug in more and tried to understand why people ask for chronological, it’s not a universal thing,” Gutman added. “It isn’t a single reason that people want chrono, and I think what we’re really trying to understand is what are those different frustrations that people have and how can we build that in to their personalized feed experience.”

Instagram is, however, giving users a new option to control their feeds. In a recent blog post, the social media platform discussed its “New Posts” button. This button will give users more control over when their feed refreshes. Once you press it, you will be taken to the top of your feed. Newer posts will be more likely to appear first than older ones. It isn’t a full reversion to chronological feeds, but it does give users a bit more control over how and when new posts appear.

Instagram algorithm

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Instagram’s algorithms use several factors in determining which posts to show. First, including the engagement or the number of likes and comments the post receives.

But timeliness is also included among those factors. The change to a non-chronological feed, means the time the post was shared is a factor in feed order.

Factors which affect your feed’s order

Instagram’s algorithm, which includes when the post was shared, occasionally made posts appear to be ordered chronologically. The time spent in the news feed could also play a factor. Since Instagram algorithms avoid showing the same post twice, users frequently checking their feed could have fewer posts.

While Instagram’s chronological news feed change back in 2016 was met with mixed reactions, Instagram said it made the decision to adjust the news feed because around 70 percent of posts were going unseen in the chronological format. Timelines created by algorithms, rather than time stamps, are now the more popular option among the biggest social networks. 

New Instagram Share Button

New Instagram Share Button

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Instagram users can finally share posts without a third-party app — but the new tool is probably not what you’ve been dreaming of.

Update announcement

Instagram has announced an update that turns feed posts into stickers to share inside Stories. You can now directly share things to millions without having to screenshot and post it up again.

How to use it?

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The feature allows photos from the traditional Instagram sharing format to also be shared inside the newer but popular Stories, even when that photo isn’t yours. That shared post becomes a sticker, which lacks the like and comment tools from the traditional feed but displays the user that created the original post. Options to add stickers and text with the shared sticker allow you to comment on that photo. Cool right?

Where and how to use it?

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The new tool is hidden inside the send menu, and is accessible by tapping that paper airplane icon underneath the image you want to share. Instead of tapping on a name to send a direct message, tap on the top option that says “create a story with this post.”

Shared stickers still have some of those customization options available when sharing a traditional image to the full-screen sharing type. Users can change the background color and can move, scale, and rotate the size of the shared image.

Who can use it?

Not keen on your creative savvy popping up in someone else’s Stories feed? The share option is currently only available on public accounts. Users without a private account, however, can still turn the sharing option off inside the settings menu as an opt-out option.

Future prospects of Stories

The format that turns daily moments into a full-screen slideshow continues to grow. Thus, parent company Facebook lists Stories as one of the company’s focuses. 

The Stories share option is now available with an app update on Android, and an iOS update expected in “the coming days.