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Instagram May Come up With Some New Tools

The app is also testing an improved media picker with "Saved", "Liked Posts" and "Your Posts" tabs for personal and business Direct Message accounts

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Facebook-owned photo messaging app Instagram may introduce some new tools, user-filter options, co-watching in video calls and minor interface tweaks on the app.

“Instagram is testing chronological sorting options for users along with a search bar in the ‘Likes’ list,” tech tipster Jane Manchun Wong tweeted on Thursday.

The user-filter option would let users sort their “Following” and “Followers” lists by most recent additions or the opposite.

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“The capacity could make it easier to locate your most long-serving brand supporters, which may provide new opportunities for connection. It would also make it easier to engage with your most recent additions, and track locations and details, which you could corelate with campaigns,” reported web portal Social Media Today.

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“Instagram is testing for lyrics while choosing music in Stories. Helps users choose specific parts of songs for now. I wish they’ll make it karaoke style though,” Wong further tweeted.

The app is also testing an improved media picker with “Saved”, “Liked Posts” and “Your Posts” tabs for personal and business Direct Message accounts, Wong added. (IANS)

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Instagram Launches Beta Version if its in-app Shopping Feature in US

Instagram's plans on rolling out the feature globally remain unclear

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Facebook-owned photo messaging app Instagram has launched the beta version of its in-app shopping feature in the US that would allow over a billion users to buy products tagged in images or videos without having to leave the platform.

Called “Checkout with Instagram”, the feature would allow US users to shop from over 20 brands including Adidas, Kylie Cosmetics and Warby Parker, without re-directing users to other websites.

“We will introduce a selling fee to help fund programmes and products that help make checkout possible, as well as offset transaction-related expenses,” TechCrunch quoted an Instagram spokesperson as saying on Tuesday.

The photo-messaging app would charge sellers making sales an undisclosed amount of fee.

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“We aren’t sharing the specific number right now. We are testing a selling fee with businesses during the closed beta. It will not change the price of the items for consumers,” the spokesperson said.

Checkout tags would appear on feed posts, Stories and Explore content from the brands in the closed beta that Instagram plans to eventually open to more businesses.

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For now, those who use Instagram’s shopping feature can pay with PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover, the report added.

Instagram’s plans on rolling out the feature globally remain unclear. (IANS)

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