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Instagram Starts Testing a Feature That Helps in Choosing People to Unfollow

However, there was no guarantee that the feature would be ready for mass use in the near future

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The feature on Instagram would essentially help users to focus their feed on those people they care about, but it could also help on those they rather not wade through the regular feed just to find their favourites. Pixabay

Aiming to make it easier for users to manage the accounts they follow on Instagram, the photo-sharing platform has started testing a feature to group followers into categories, and help them choose users to unfollow, the media reported.

However, there was no guarantee that the feature would be ready for mass use in the near future.

As spotted by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, users could look at the “least interacted with” people to unfollow a bunch of them en masse, or browse just those accounts posting artwork, Engadget reported on Monday.

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Feed on Instagram is based on an algorithm where it shows accounts that users interact with the most frequently at the top. Pixabay

The feature would essentially help users to focus their feed on those people they care about, but it could also help on those they rather not wade through the regular feed just to find their favourites.

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Instagram’s feed is based on an algorithm where it shows accounts that users interact with the most frequently at the top. (IANS)

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Social Media Giant Facebook Rolls Out Meme-Making App ‘Whale’

Facebook has quietly rolled out a meme-making app called 'Whale' on the Canadian App Store

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Facebook quietly launched meme-making app Whale. Pixabay

Social media giant Facebook has quietly rolled out a meme-making app called ‘Whale’ on the Canadian App Store that may come to other markets including in India later.

The app’s listing confirms that it has been developed by Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) team, which was set up earlier this year to develop new experimental apps for the social networking platform that has over 2.6 billion users globally.

‘Whale’ is the latest app from NPE, after music app ‘AUX’ and chat app ‘Bump’, reports The Information.

According to Facebook, these apps are intended to help the company discover new features and services that people like.

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According to Facebook, these apps are intended to help the company discover new features. Pixabay

Facebook is slowly launching apps in new genres beyond chats to woo more users and open new avenues to make money.

Facebook-owned Instagram has also launched a new video-music remix feature called “Reels” to take on Chinese short video making app TikTok.

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“Just like TikTok, users can soundtrack their ‘Reels’ with a huge catalog of music, or borrow the audio from anyone else’s video to create a remix of their meme or joke.

Rolled out in the Brazilian market first, “Reels” will be available on both iOS and Android. (IANS)