Instagram adds even more ways to be social

Instagram announced a few new ways for you and yours to be more prolific on it’s social media platform. More ways to become Insta-Famous. Hurrah.

They’ve unveiled new ways to share moments on stories, interact via video and even a new Explore section in their feeds.

New Way to Share Stories

Now users will be able to share their favourite song on Spotify (Rumoured to be in the UAE soon) or even images or videos from their GoPro memories. This is in addition to the usual modes it already has. You can post these moments directly from the host apps, whether its Spotify or GoPro directly to Instagram Stories. More apps should be added to this feature soon.

Using the feature is pretty straightforward. All one has to do is tap the respective Share button in the app and it can be directly connected to the Instagram camera. After making necessary edits and additions, the story can be shared for all or specific users to see.

New Camera Effects on Instagram

Apart from the usual filters, stickers, GIFs and extras that you can add to your moments now, Instagram will be letting third parties design unique, interactive camera experiences for their followers. The new effect in Stories will be from an account that is followed can be tried simply by tapping the “Try it on” button.

More fun creative effects from your favorite accounts are coming soon, including Ariana Grande, Baby Ariel, Liza Koshy, Vogue, and Buzzfeed.

Video Chat on Instagram

The social media platform wants to make use of the 100 million plus users it has that go Live or watch Live content everyday. So they decided to go smaller as in create a live video chat platform within itself to chat one-on-one or in a small group.

To start video chatting, one simply has to click on the camera icon on top of a Direct Message thread and the feed starts automatically. One cool feature is that you can also minimize the video and continue the chat while doing other things on Instagram.

The New Explore Page on Instagram

The Explore page is a must visit to find new content, users, interesting images or videos and new experiences.

The Explore page is still personalized for each specific user, but the content is now organized into topic channels so one can browse across varied interests and go even deeper if needed.