After rolling out the Highlights feature, Facebook-owned Instagram has gone through a major rejig in its latest update. The update comes to Android and iOS users and brings along various improvements to the Explore Tab – the significant one being the addition of real-time trends just like Twitter, and a much needed improved search bar that allows you to look for places, people and even hashtags. Also Read - Koo user base reaches 15 million, plans spreading wings to Southeast AsiaAlso Read - WhatsApp violates Indian users' rights by denying dispute resolution claims Centre
Facebook revealed that Instagram gets around 70 million posts every day, and the new update makes it easier to fetch through all of this vortex, and give you relevant results. Also Read - Anyone on Twitter can now host a Space: Here's how
“With the new Places Search, you can now peer in at just about any location on earth, allowing you to scout out your next vacation spot in the South Pacific, get a look inside that hot new restaurant or experience your favorite music festival even if you couldn t make it this year. The new Top Search also lets you search across people, places and tags all at once,” the blog explains.
Apart from this, Instagram has also redesigned its Explore Tab to bring in Twitter-like trends that are happening real-time across the globe as well as in places near you. The company has even custom curated select collections of beautiful pictures by photographers across the globe. The collections are based on monuments, places, musicians and even athletes.
The new search is being rolled out globally to Android and iOS users, but the new Explore Tab is currently confined only to US Android and iOS users. However, the company claims that after sufficient testing, the Explore Tab will also be rolled out globally.