Earlier today, Instagram was reported to be testing two new features – one was the new ‘Type’ feature for Stories, and the other being the screenshot alert for Stories. Before the day could even end, we have a report of another feature being tested, and that is the last active time stamp on Direct.
We were able to see the last active time stamp, however, considering it’s still testing, the feature is slightly hard to spot right now. Also there seems to be a slight discrepancy, as to where the feature will show up. A recent Gadgets360 report says that the feature is visible to them at the Instagram Direct messages (DM) section, we weren’t actually able to see that on our DM page.
However, we spotted the feature when we created an Instagram Story, and chose to send it to individuals on our list. That’s when Instagram is showing who was active how long ago, and the ones who were active at the moment. The online status is mentioned right below the user’s name.
From what has been reported, you can also see last active time stamps of people who you don’t even follow. Reportedly, this feature will also come to the DM page. Which means, like WhatsApp and Facebook, you will now be able to tell how long ago someone was active on Instagram. The feature is currently being tested with a few select users on both Android and iOS.
As mentioned before, Instagram is simultaneously also testing an option, which is a text-only form, where you can place your words against colorful gradient backgrounds. The option also gives you a chance to play around with images with the color gradients still layered on top.
Another feature being tested is borrowed straight from Snapchat’s books, which is a screenshot alert. Every time someone takes a screenshot of your Instagram Story you will be notified. However, Instagram will apparently be a little lenient, with letting you off with a warning the first time, and the next time it would send an alert.