Where is Instagram heading towards?

Instagram

Do you own an account? If you do, you’d probably noticed these trends on Instagram.

  • Live videosinstagram, gif, likes

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The place to be where you see pretty pictures with capturing captions, Instagram wants to be that. The place to share the world’s moments through captures. With 550 million monthly users, it has come a long way to be one of the top social media platforms. It never fails to disappoint (maybe except the algorithm), but Instagram took it to the next level with live videos.

Now, influencers are able to communicate and share with their followers whenever they want. It generates authentic content where information is shared live, with no edits.

  • Instagram Stories

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Snapchat’s 24 hours stories were also launched on Instagram to engage users when the posts feed get boring. Its all about expressing yourself through visuals. Getting updated is almost becoming a habit. Therefore, a story is a tangible form of keeping your moments in snaps. Although not the best to keep it on your feed, you can now also share through stories. Stories have also evolved with more creativity where we can see that Instagram did put in some effort to perfect this story function.

Some new updates can be found here.

  • GIFs

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The increase in moving animations, videos, GIFs is apparent. Enough of static beautiful pictures, videos will be the next big thing. The partnership with GIPHY, a platform where people shares GIFs, users can now customise stories with GIFs to add that something extra that was missing.

  • Business profiles

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The advertisement is one of Instagram’s unique selling point. They are getting serious with their business tools to enhance the experience for brands and also for consumers. The release of the business tool pack- business profiles, business email, contact, analytics and the paid partnership function. Advertisements are becoming easier and more direct for consumers. We see now that advertisements are no longer webpage banners, they are on your timeline too.

Future of social media

Future of social media

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What is the future of social media? If you are a frequent user, we are not quite sure if you have a concrete answer to.  Ready for a ride into the future? Let’s start.

Increased similarity of platforms

Do you feel that social media platforms are quite similar? Like how Snapchat has that augmented filter, and now Facebook and Instagram have it. It seems that each social media platform launched with a unique niche.

  • Facebook can add friends and share photos

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  • Twitter shares short and concise content

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  • Instagram presents photos

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  • Snapchat allows you to capture the special moments

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But now they have a mass amount of followers, therefore, these platforms start to follow a standardised model.

Let’s review, shall we?

Snapchat and Instagram

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Before Instagram stories, Snapchat was that unpolished, straight in the moment content. It was the place to share with your friends that snap you want to share, and it will be gone after 24 hours. Instagram was the place you share your best photos and captions.

Instagram stories- the fall of Snapchat

The difference between Snapchat and Instagram started to blur when Insta-stories was introduced.

Youtube and Facebook

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Now, Youtube also allows users to share in the moment photos and captions like facebook statuses.

Facebook, Google, and Twitter

Facebook is also trying out trending stories and go to places/pages like google and twitter.

 Up and coming cool features?

We can see that these platforms are really putting in the effort to be the first among the many to hold users in. And we believe more cool and exciting functions will be made available. For a starter, here’s some:

  • E-commerce: Platform to sell/buy/promote your products/services
  • Reactions: More options for you to better express yourself
  • Articles based on your activity: More relevant pieces for you
  • Virtual reality- now you see it, now you don’t
  • 360-degree video
  • Improved advertisement engagement