Instagram might be a photo-sharing platform at its core but it is also shaping up to be the place where most communication happens. And on Instagram, the primary mode of communication is not through texts but rather emojis. Now, the Facebook-owned social media platform is making it ever more easier to comment with emojis on photos of your friends and creative artists. Also Read - Instagram uses AI to automatically hide offensive commentsAlso Read - Instagram celebrates 10th birthday, announces new features like 'hide offensive comments' and more
After several months of testing, Instagram has begun introducing an emoji shortcut bar on Android and iOS. The emoji bar will act as shortcut and offer quick access to your most used emojis whenever you click on a post to comment. The feature will make sure that you don’t need to go through your smartphone’s keyboard to pick an emoji of choice. With the update, the emoji that you plan to post into comment will be at the reach of your fingers. Also Read - Facebook Messenger merged with Instagram DMs: All you need to know
That feeling when your favorite emojis are right in front of you pic.twitter.com/QPF8eGc5yD
Instagram (@instagram) September 6, 2018
Emojis are the way that most people communicate these days and it is no wonder that Instagram is giving it even more priority. The photo-sharing platform had published a study around the reach of emojis back in 2015 and in 2016, the platform received support for a widened variety of emojis. These changes have definitely helped expand the reach and popularity of emoji on the social media platform.
While one might argue that using emoji is not the most natural method of conversation but these days, a lot can be expressed with one emoji. Also, young set of users tend to attenuate with such form of communication compared to natural texting and Instagram has its priorities very clearly sorted here.
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The new personalized emoji shortcut is now available for both Android and iOS users. In case, you cannot see the emoji bar then check if your device is running the latest version. Also, let us know in comments whether you use emoji when commenting on a post and if yes, how many emojis do you usually put in a comment.