Instagram's Video Chat Feature Rolling Out Today
Instagram today said video chat, new camera effects for Stories, and topic channels in Explore, features it first announced in May, are now rolling out. Video chatting appears as a new icon within direct message threads, which can be used to open one-on-one video chats between up to four users. The new camera effects platform is mostly for developers, who can now create their own unique, interactive camera and filter experiences for end users. The social network gave Ariana Grande, Baby Ariel, Liza Koshy, Vogue, the NBA, and Buzzfeed access to these tools first and each has made several filers available. Last, topic channels in the Explore tab are more personalized for end users. Instagram says users will see channels on topics they like such as art, sports, or fashion, as well as associated hashtags. People can also quickly browse through the Explore tab. These new features are reaching the Android and iOS versions of the Instagram app today.
May 1, 2018
Instagram today revealed several new features meant to help connect and protect users that it will add over the next few months. First up is video chatting.
Dec 5, 2017
Instagram today introduced several new tools that will allow users to hold onto their fleeting stories more permanently. First, Stories Highlights let people create a featured story that can be pinned to their profile.
Dec 18, 2018
Instagram today announced several new ways people can interact with one another via the social network. First, it has added the ability to ask friends for music recommendations, or to make your own recommendations, using the questions sticker.
Feb 13, 2018
Google today announced a preview of AMP stories, a new tool for creators to bring content to the mobile web in a new and engaging way. AMP stories were inspired by the likes of Snapchat and Instagram, which both offer people the ability to tell on-going, ephemeral stories that others swipe through.