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Instagram reportedly testing new features, Regram one of them

The platform is also testing in-app GIF support, powered by Giphy.

  • Published: December 4, 2017 10:38 AM IST
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Instagram does not let you share posts like Facebook does, you can only DM posts to individuals or groups. However, there is an indirect way to share posts on Instagram and it is pretty famous – the Regram app. Or people just screenshot or download images and then repost them, which is not a very ethical way of sharing pictures. While it is a very simple-to-use app and a majority of Instagrammers use it (primarily because they have no other choice), it’s not the most convenient. You need to copy URLs, switch to the Regram app, and then return to Instagram and carry on with the caption and tags. However, this app switching business to reshare posts may end soon.

According to a report that comes via TNW, Instagram is currently working on a range of new features, and integration of Regram within the app is one of them. The publication shared a screenshot, where we can see a native Regram option below an image, right next to where the like, comment or share options sit.

Image credit: TNW

Further, Instagram is reportedly also joining the GIF party, and will soon allow users to search for and add GIFs to their Stories or regular posts. It looks like Instagram is tapping Giphy to source GIFs in-app. From what TNW has experienced, the the test version for GIFs is “hideous”.

Additionally, besides the Android beta app Instagram has for a while now, the platform is apparently coming with a new one. Instagram has been inviting a select audience to test the new version of its Android app in a very limited beta.

As with all tests that Instagram or Facebook run, some of you may have already seen one or two of the new features, which some of you might not have seen yet. Basically, Instagram and Facebook tend to roll out new features for testing to small segments of the audience, not all at once — and some may never been seen again after these tests. Essentially, while Instagram is testing these features with small segments of people, there is no assurance or confirmation, if all of these will actually say the light of the day.

  • Published Date: December 4, 2017 10:38 AM IST