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Instagram Restores Scrolling Feature After Users Slam Latest Update

Facebook-owned Instagram has one billion active monthly users and is apparently the go-to app for most users looking to share photographic content

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Instagram is an affordable way to boost your content as well. Pixabay

Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram has come under fire after it introduced a major upgrade, a scrolling feature, only to roll it back within an hour.

The update gave way to users to tap to see more pictures instead of scrolling through a feed of pictures from friends on the platform, resulting in an online outcry late on Thursday and dedicated Instagram users took to Twitter to rant about the “unwanted” update.

“Due to a bug, some users saw a change in the way their feed appears today. We quickly fixed the issue and the feed is back to normal. We apologise for any confusion,” the company tweeted.

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Instagram app logo is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

Tapping a picture in the middle of the image triggered a “like” of the image.

But rather than scrolling vertically, users were required to tap on the right or left side of the image to advance to the next picture or video, with a progress bar indicating how far they were through their newsfeed, according to The Guardian.

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“If you’re still seeing it, simply restart the app,” Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s head of Instagram, was quoted as saying in The Guardian report.

Facebook-owned Instagram has one billion active monthly users and is apparently the go-to app for most users looking to share photographic content. (IANS)

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Posting Selfies Seen as People Being Insecure & Less Likeable

According to some researchers, people who post selfies are seen as insecure and less likeable by others

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Individuals who post a lot of selfies are almost uniformly viewed as less likeable, less successful, more insecure and less open to new experiences than individuals who share a greater number of posed photos taken by someone else. Pixabay

Even though selfies are popular, researchers say that those who post selfies are viewed as less likeable, less successful and more insecure. Published in the Journal of Research in Personality, the scientists conducted a novel experiment with hundreds of actual Instagram users to determine if there are certain types of self-image posts that cause others to make snap judgements about the user’s personality.

Their work shows that individuals who post a lot of selfies are almost uniformly viewed as less likeable, less successful, more insecure and less open to new experiences than individuals who share a greater number of posed photos taken by someone else.

“Even when two feeds had similar content, such as depictions of achievement or travel, feelings about the person who posted selfies were negative and feelings about the person who posted posies were positive,” said study lead author Chris Barry, professor at Washington State University.

“It shows there are certain visual cues, independent of context, that elicit either a positive or negative response on social media,” Barry said.

For the study, the research team analysed data from two groups of students. The first group, consisting of 30 undergraduates, were asked to complete a personality questionnaire and agreed to let the researchers use their 30 most recent Instagram posts for the experiment.

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For the study, the research team analysed data from two groups of students. Pixabay

The second group of students consisted of 119 undergraduates. This group was asked to rate the Instagram profiles of the first group on 13 attributes such as self-absorption, low self-esteem, extraversion and success, using only the images from those profiles.

The research team then analysed the data to determine if there were visual cues in the first group of students’ photos that elicited consistent personality ratings from the second group.

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It was also found that the students who posted more posies were viewed as being relatively higher in self-esteem, more adventurous, less lonely, more outgoing, more dependable, more successful and having the potential for being a good friend, while the reverse was true for students with a greater number of selfies on their feed.

Personality ratings for selfies with a physical appearance theme, such as flexing in the mirror, were particularly negative, the researchers found. (IANS)